Marine Corps News

| May 14, 2019

The Marine Corps recently selected the Nightforce Advanced Tactical Riflescope for its newest sniper rifle the Mk 17 Mod 3. (Photo: Kristen Murphy/Marine Corps)

In the world of shoot-shoot-bang-bang, upgrading equipment may be a constant process. The Marines have requested, and are getting, a new rifle with upgraded field optical equipment as well as iron sights.

It is known as the squad common optic, or SCO, and the Corps may order between 18,000 and 30,000 of them, according to a recent request for information posted on the government’s business opportunities website.

The Corps’ information request laid out some of the details the Corps is seeking in its new optic, which include up to eight times magnification and the ability to engage targets between 600–900 meters.

That’s slightly more powerful than the four times magnification and 800 meter range of the Corps’ currently fielded Trijicon manufactured rifle combat optic, or RCO. – from Military Times article.

The iron sights are included in the off-chance that the battery for the optical sight may fail or the unit may be damaged.

Category: "Your Tax Dollars At Work", Marine Corps

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  1. Thunderstixx says:

    #GunPorn !!!
    Sweet !!!!!

  2. Looking at the “Scope ” of things, the Marine Corps made the right choice.

  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    Geez man, now all the phoney snipers gonna have to update their claims to say all their derring do and headshot kills were made without the new and improved Nightforce Advanced Riflescope, Mk 17, Mod 3. They had to make 2K meter shots using iron sights alone.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Where are the bullets supposed to go in that thing?

    Besides through the big, round tube. You could shoot a whale with that, couldn’t you?

    • rgr769 says:

      The pic you posted has no magazine plugged into the mag-well. This rifle likely has an 8 to 10 round box magazine.

    • rgr769 says:

      The big tube is the telescopic sight. The rectangular opening in the stock below the receiver is where the magazine is inserted.

  5. OldCorpsTanker72 says:

    “The iron sights are included due to the certainty that the battery for the optical sight will eventually fail or for when the unit is damaged.”

    There, fixed it for you.

  6. CCO says:

    Ummm, I don’t think iron sights are “included” in optics, but optics are required to be iron sight compatible, yes? The articles quotes the posting: “‘Front and rear iron sights shall be immediately usable upon removal of the squad common optic,’ the posting reads.”

    • ROH-DOG says:

      30+ years later and we’ve almost caught the Brits in Sniper Rifle tech, ffs.

      • Roh-Dog says:

        This comment was supposed to stand alone and was a correction to a typoed post.
        Safari and this format don’t play well.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      As you probably figured out already, I’m no expert on such things, unlike AW1Ed and/or Dave Hardin. All I can do is provide the information and its source. I got the impression that the iron sights and optics are supposed to be compatible with each other on the gun.

  7. Rog-Dog says:

    30 years later and we’ve almost caught the Brits in Sniper Rifle tech, ffs.