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M-107 .50 cal. LRSR Long Range Sniper Rifle
The M107 LRSR is a .50 caliber long-range sniper rifle that is effective against materiel and personnel targets that include enemy snipers, parked aircraft, command, control and communications computers and intelligence sites and lightly armored vehicles. It was procured by adopting the Marine Corps M82A3 Special Application Scoped Rifle.
M-107 .50 cal. Long Range Sniper Rifle (LRSR) History
In the mid-to-late 1990's, U.S. Army requirements for a new heavy sniper rifle were formalized by the Infantry Center at Fort Benning, GA, developed in conjunction with snipers from the U. S. Army Special Operations Command and the Army Sniper School. After initial consideration of bolt action rifles, they eventually selected the Marine Corps M82A1M/M82A3 (made by Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc.) for Army use, redesignated the XM107 by the Army. There are some slight differences between the XM107 and the M82A3, changes the Army determined would improve durability and reliability.
When fighting began in Afghanistan in late 2001, the Army bought fifty XM107 rifles for Army Special Operations units, for the 82nd Airborne and the 101st Airborne divisions. Several hundred XM107s were fielded to select units fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Based on success in these field trials, the XM107 was type-classified in August 2003, allowing a production contract to be awarded to Barrett in September 2003. In March 2005, the XM107 was approved for full materiel release to Army units as the M-107. The term "full materiel release" signifies that the Army has rigorously tested and evaluated the item and determined that it is completely safe, operationally suitable and logistically supportable for use by Soldiers.
The Army expects to complete fielding of the M107 n 2008. It will not replace the M24 7.62mm Sniper Rifles that are in service but it will replace all remaining M82A1s that are used by EOD units as for detonation of unexploded ordnance.
The Technical Manuals for the M107 Rifle are TM 9-1005-239-10 (Operation) and TM 9-1005-239-23&P (Maintenance & Parts).
M107 Long Range Sniper Rifle Description & Characteristics
The M-107 Long Range Sniper Rifle is virtually identical to the M82A3 Special Application Scoped Rifle. Please click on the link to review that Olive-Drab.com page.
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