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.