Recently, Barrett Firearms announced that they have received their first order of Advanced Sniper Rifles (ASR) from US Special Operations Command. Barrett was awarded a $50 million dollar contract back in March 2019. Barrett will be providing their Multi Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) rifle as SOCOM’s new sniper rifle. The initial delivery of these rifles are set to take place in January of 2021.

The ASR contract from SOCOM sought a rifle that could engage targets beyond 1,500 m, be a multi-caliber weapon system, and could be easily converted between calibers by the end user. The MRAD can be chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO (.308), .300 Norma Magnum, and .338 Norma Magnum.

Barrett’s MRAD will be paired with Nightforce ATACR 5-25×56 Dayscope and 7-35×56 Long Range Dayscope I. Nightforce won SOCOM’s Precision-Variable Power Scope contract back in December of 2019.

Below, is the press release from Barrett regarding the initial order of MRAD MK22 rifles to SOCOM.

Press Release

Murfreesboro, Tennessee – Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc. is pleased to announce that the submission of its initial production MRAD MK22 (Multi-Role Adaptive Design Mark 22) rifles have met all requirements for the U.S. Department of Defense contract for ASR (Advanced Sniper Rifle) in support of USSOCOM (U.S. Special Operations Command). Since being awarded the contract in March 2019, the MK22 has completed all aspects of the Production Qualification Testing and Operational Testing phases.

As a result, Barrett has received the initial production order and deliveries will commence in January 2021.

“We are pleased to have reached this milestone with the project and look forward to providing our warfighters with this highly capable platform,” stated Joel Miller, Director of Global Military Sales.

USSOCOM initially announced in 2016 they were in search of a modular, multi-caliber bolt action sniper rifle capable of converting between .300 Norma Magnum, .338 Norma Magnum and 7.62x51mm through a “full and open competition.”

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