Philippines' Marine Troops to replace M14 sniper rifles with new M40 7.62mm platform

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Philippines' Marine Troops to replace M14 sniper rifles with new M40 7.62mm platform
The Philippine Marine Corps will replace its M14 sniper rifles with brand-new 7.62mm caliber M40 platform. These new sniper rifles will include sophisticated sights and scopes that will enable Phlippine marksmen to observe and engage targets at longer range.
     
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Philippine Navy Vice-commander Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad is confident that these new rifle units will enhance the capability of the Marine Scout snipers to acquire, observe, precisely engage and neutralize enemy targets from 800 meters and higher.

Taccad confirmed that the said acquisition project is now for “amendment of letter and offer acceptance.” Final number of units to be acquired was not disclosed by the navy officer.

The M40 7.62×51mm NATO rifle is a bolt-action sniper rifle built from a Remington 700 rifle and primarly used by the United States Marine Corps. It has had four variants—the M40, M40A1, M40A3, and M40A5. The M40 was introduced in 1966. The M40A5 designation superseded the M40A3 in 2009, though the evolution between the two systems occurred gradually over a longer period. The primary difference between the M40A5 and the M40A3 is the barrel: The A3's target crown has been replaced with a threaded muzzle and straight tapered barrel to allow the installation of a Surefire muzzle brake and sound suppressor. All M40A5s are fitted with a Badger Ordnance detachable magazine system and a forward rail mount for the AN/PVS-22 night vision optic.

 

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