The Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle program began as a survey in 2008 that was eventually awarded to Remington in 2013, with their Mk 21 MSR (Modular Sniper Rifle) and Later the Mk 22 ASR. Recently, the United States Army has selected the Leupold Mark 5HD 5-25×56 scope for use in the Precision Sniper Rifle Program.
Leupold Mark 5HD Selected by Army Precision Sniper Rifle Program
Chambered in several magnum calibers such as .338 Lapua Magnum and .300 Win Mag, the rifle went into use with the United States USSOCOM shortly after the nearly $80 million contract was awarded in September of 2013. The Leupold Mark 5HD has now been selected by Army Precision Sniper Rifle Program. This program was later supplemented by the Mk22 ASR of which the Army purchased 536 of the Barret MRAD rifles.
Leupold & Stevens has been awarded yet another contract by the United States Armed forces, this time with the Army. Leupold currently holds the record for the most military contracts out of any optics company within the United States.
The Mk 5HD is a 5-25×56 riflescope that will come in a proprietary FDE (flat dark earth) weatherproof coating. The reticle used in this particular scope will be the Army’s proprietary Mil-Grid reticle pictured below. The Leupold MK 5HD will be mounted on the Army’s MK22 Mod 0 Advanced Sniper Rifle to provide Army snipers with an enhanced target acquisition system.
Director of military sales for Leupold has stated the following in regards to the Mk 5HD scope:
The Mark 5HD has been built from the ground up to deliver the unparalleled performance that the men and women serving our country overseas require… and, like all of our optics, the Mark 5HD has been strenuously tested for durability, and fully meets the extremely high standards that the military demands. Our Soldiers need their optics to perform, and we’re glad to be able to offer a solution that’s built to deliver on those expectations.
The Mk 5HD is waterproof, fog-proof, and guaranteed to perform for life, the Mark 5HD is backed by the company’s Lifetime Guarantee. The 2021 fiscal year is the projected time that the United States Army will receive their first Mk 22s, we can expect that the scopes and rifles will be delivered to armorers sometime next year.
In addition to the Army’s acquisition of the Mk 22 ASR, the United States Marine Corps will also put the Mk 22 into action but it is unknown at this time what optic they will be selecting. Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below. Will this new optic serve the snipers of the United States Army well?
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