Remington Defense, part of the Remington Outdoor Company based in North Carolina, announced this week that it had been awarded a contract from the US Marine Corps Systems Command to provide up to 2,000 modular stocks, spares, and magazines. These materials will be used by the Marine Corps as part of its M40 sniper rifle Modular Stock Program, which revolves around a firearm based on the Remington 700 bolt-action rifle and then modified by Corps armorers in Virginia.
“We were excited to compete for and win this critical Marine Corps program,” Greg Baradat, director of US military sales for Remington Defense, said in a press release. “The Marine Corps tested each bidder’s product to high standards, and we are proud to have exceeded their performance criteria.”
The M40 has been in use by US military personnel since the mid-1960s and has seen service in battle around the world. The rifle was actually originally named after Remington’s Model 40x, a varmint version of the Model 700. The Marine Corps purchased 700 of these rifles during the Vietnam War and over time, the M40 has been improved with fiberglass stocks, new scopes, and other accessories. It is believed that the new stocks and equipment provided by the contract will be earmarked for the latest version of the firearm, the M40A6.
Remington also announced that the Department of Defense has ordered 443 additional Precision Sniper Rifles as part of $79.7 million contract that will eventually result in 5,150 rifles and suppressors for the military, along with over 4.6 million rounds of ammunition from Barnes Bullets. The futuristic firearm behind the program, Remington’s Modular Sniper Rifle (MSR), is notable because it can swap between calibers (.338 Lapua, .300 Win Mag, and 7.62 NATO) and barrel lengths in just minutes.
“We are proud to deliver the ultimate precision sniper systems on the planet,” Baradat said in a separate press release.
You can see a video of the MSR below:
Image courtesy Lance Corporal Sarah Anderson/US Marine Corps