US Army Orders More Barrett M107s

    The US Army is set to receive a new batch of .50 calibre M107 long range sniper rifles with the Department of Defense announcing the contract award on the 28th November. The near $8 million dollar order will see Barrett Firearms provide between 700 and 800 rifles.These are likely destined for the Army and possibly for foreign military sale.

    The exact number of rifles ordered has not been disclosed but the firm fixed price contract is worth $7,952,249. The award notice’s wording is a little unclear referring the the M107, M107A1 and M82A1M – all of which are the same rifle. However, the original solicitation posted by the US Army’s Army Contracting Command Picatinny, New Jersey, department back in July 2017, noted the order was for “M107 Long Range Sniper Rifle (M107 LRSR), NSN 1005-01-469-2133 as well as two variations, the M107A1 and the M82A1.” As Daniel Watters helpfully pointed out this is likely due to supporting both Department of Defense rifle operators and foreign military sales clients. The contract includes a scope, a suppressor (Barrett’s QDL Suppressor) and a spare parts kit.

    M107 at the range, 2014

    Range familiarisation with M107, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2014 (Sgt. William Howard/US Army)

    Here’s the Department of Defense’ contract award notice in full:

    Barrett Firearms Mfg. Inc., Christiana, Tennessee, was awarded a $7,952,249 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of M107, Caliber .50 Long Range Sniper Rifle systems with scope, suppressor and spare kits, M82A1M Caliber .50 Rifle and M107A1. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 26, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-19-D-0009).

    Back in February we reported that the US Army was also looking to find private contractors to repair their M107s. A sources sought notice was posted by the Army Contracting Command seeking industry contractors capable of overhauling up to 450 M107 Long Range Sniper Rifles over a five year period. American Rifleman have reported that Barrett have also won this contract, worth $3.3 million, although the contract page has not yet been updated to announce this.

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    H/T: Daniel Watters

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