In the category of “news that isn’t really news”, H&K has announced that the US Army has selected the M110A1 Compact Semi-Auto Sniper System (CSASS) as their new Squad Designated Marksman Rifle (SDMR) to serve as a part of each infantry squad. The reason this isn’t really news was because the Army had already announced they were working toward the selection of the M110A1 as a SDMR rifle for months now and this just confirms that news.
Based on experiences over the past decade, the US Army has been making changes to increase the lethality of the infantry squad and one of those changes was the decision to employ a designated marksman for each squad. A modified version of the M-14 known as the Enhance Battle Rifle (EBR) has been filling the role as a stop gap SDMR for several years now, but the new M110A1 promises to enhance that capability but with a lighter and more compact rifle system.
The DMR version of the M110A1, itself a modified H&K G28 chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO, will use a different scope than the sniper variant as well as include some different accessories and changes to make it better suited to the SDMR role. The scope selected was the SIG Tango6 1-6x24mm and you can read about that decision here.
The contract is for 5000-6000 of the new M110A1 SDMR rifles, which is a whole lot of these rifles. We have not heard of any new designation for the SDMR version of the M110A1 but we suspect there will be one. The Army will start receiving these new rifles as early as 2020.
As the demand and influence of the Designated Marksman (DM) role continues to increase we will also be increasing focus on this unique role that is related to sniping here at Sniper Central. Be watching for increased reviews and writeups relating to the role of the DM and their equipment.
Sniper Central 2019