It has been nearly 2 years (March 2018) since Special Operations COMmand (SOCOM) announced their selection of the 6.5 Creedmoor as their new Precision Intermediate Caliber (PIC). Initially they wanted to start fielding PIC sniper rifles earlier in 2019, but they missed that date. Now they have officially sent out their presolicitation notice for a $15 million contract to Knights Armament Company (KAC), the current builder of the M110, to supply an indefinite number of conversion kits for the M110 SASS. The picture below is from KAC and it shows what the conversion kit includes and identifies the modified rifles as the M110K1.

The contract extends through 2023 and with no set number of conversions specified it’ll be interesting to see how many of these rifles receive the upgrade and conversion, especially with the introduction of the M110A1 CSASS.

SOCOMs testing showed that the 6.5 Creedmoor was twice as likely to hit targets at 1000 meters than the 7.62x51mm NATO (308 Win) and it extended the maximum effective range by 33%. They also are looking to adopt a new “assault machine gun” in the same 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge.

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AZMNTS

Mel,

Do you know some of the details like barrel length? Profile? Optic? Wt.? etc.

Thanks

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mele-02

Unfortunately no. We have heard 16″ barrel with flip up Aux sights and adjustable stock. Beyond that, we don’t know for sure.
MEL

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Chris Weldon

Golly, I figured this 6.5 fad would have passed by now. I’ll still stand with the tested old warrior .308 anyday.

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Ervin

Holy cow. I just bought two rifles in 308 and now the military is going to 6.5 Creedmoore? ” SOCOMs testing showed that the 6.5 Creedmoor was twice as likely to hit targets at 1000 meters than the 7.62x51mm NATO (308 Win) and it extended the maximum effective range by 33%” . I never shot one. How does the recoil between the two differ.

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mele-02

Recoil on the 6.5 CM is less, but do not fret. SOCOM is going to 6.5 CM, but it will not happen rapidly, and it will not replace all .308 rifles, and its only SOCOM. There will always be new technology. Learn what you have, love it, then master it and you’ll be just fine.
MEL

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Barack Hussein

Dude, the military has been talking about
moving to 6.5 Creedmoor for the last three years (At least). It requires no change in magazine and if your using an LMT, you just change the barrel (although I’m a huge Knight’s fanboy. The uppers coming from Knights and are also
Going to
SOCOM are 22” barreled versions which I think is FANTASTIC. Gets out to 1100 meters with ease (right AMMO, right optic and mount), your in business. Now the service has a doctrine that typically if it requires that long a shot, typically air support or artillery is used. However 6.5 trajectory changes everything! The military won’t go away from 308
As they have billions of rounds I’m storage. However because 6.5 Creed is such a ballistically superior cartridge with half the recoil , u can Bet the military will convert over sooner rather than later….

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