The M14 Sniper Rifle is an American, selective fire, automatic rifle that uses 7.62mm rounds. In the mid-1990s, the USMC chose the modified M14, Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) for use by security teams and Scout Snipers. Since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the M14 has been used as a designated marksman and sniper rifle. Sniper variants of the M14 are used by SEALs; the M25 version was developed by the Special Forces.
The Mk 11 Mod 0 Sniper Weapon System (or SR-25) is a gas-operated, rotary bolt, semi-automatic sniper rifle. It uses 7.62x51mm rounds, with 5 and 20 round magazines, a Picattiny rail system for mounting scopes and carrying handle with iron sights. In 2000 SEALs teams replaced the M40 with the Mk 11. The system includes a rifle, Leopold scope, backup pop-up iron sights and lightweight military match suppressor.
The Mk 14 Mod 0 EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle) is an M14 variant made entirely of lightweight aircraft alloy, with an added telescoping stock; pistol grip; different front sight; Harris bipod; four Picatinny rails surrounding the barrel; and more effective muzzle brake instead of standard flash suppressor. Adopted by the SEALs in 2004, the Mk 14 is used to carry out designated marksman and CQB (Close Quarters Battle) roles.
The M82A1 Heavy Sniper Rifle (Barrett M82) or Special Application Scoped Rifle (SASR) is a .50 caliaber BMG chambering 12.7x99mm NATO rounds. It is a recoil-operated, rotating bolt, semi-automatic, anti-materiel rifle and EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) tool. It is fitted with scope mount and folding backup iron sights, able to be mounted on M3 or M122 infantry tripods or vehicles using special Barrett soft-mount. This weapon can be used to disable parked aircraft, vehicles and boats, and is capable of going through brick, concrete and level 8 ballistic glass.
This Article is written by James Kara Murat