The theme of Today’s Photo Of The Day is the M40A6 Sniper Rifle.
Made by Remington Arms and introduced in 1966 it has seen action in several conflicts. The M40A6 edition has been with the Marine Corps since the middle of June 2016. Just like the H&K MP5, it’s happy to celebrate 50 years – still going strong.
The caliber is 7.62x51mm NATO, bolt-action and feeds through a removable box magazine (some earlier versions had an integral magazine).
The picture above is taken in Lithuania, by Lance Cpl. Antonio Garcia.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Lawrence McMahon, a scout sniper with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, showcases the M40A6 sniper rifle during a weapon systems showcase during Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 Distinguished Visitors Day in Palanga, Lithuania, June 15, 2019.
For more similar Remington M40A6 sniper rifle action we have to go to the Pacific Ocean, and a picture by Lance Cpl. Israel Chincio.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Julian Amey, a radio operator with Scout Sniper Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), sights in behind an M40A6 sniper rifle during a dry-fire exercise aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26).
For the third theme picture, we stay in the Pacific Ocean, again with a photo by Lance Cpl. Israel Chincio
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ryan Volden, an assistant radio operator with scout sniper platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), sights in behind an M40A6 sniper rifle during a dry-fire exercise aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26).
For the final picture, we take a look at what – potentially – is on the other side of the scope.
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, fire an M40A6 on Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 11, 2019. Training was conducted to enhance marksmanship skills, as well as maintain personal and operational readiness.
This picture is taken by U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kensie S. Milner. Note the dollar sign on the target to the right. I am not sure if you earn money by hitting it, or if it will cost you?
I don’t know which scope they are using for the M40A6, but previously they have used the Scout Sniper Day Scope (SSDS), which is said to be a Schmidt and Bender PM II 3–12×50 (Source)
It’s a great rifle scope, I have one on my Ruger Precision Rifle with confirmed hits out to 900 meters in the same caliber as the M40. However I do not recognize that reticle from S&B, but could be wrong. It could be from a spotting scope.