First Heckler & Koch Shipments of the M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle

Eric B
by Eric B
There are 80 SDMRs in the racks above. H&K has 296 more racks to go…

Heckler & Koch USA has delivered the first shipments of the M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifles (SDMR) to the US Army.

The rifle is actually made in H&K’s factory in Germany and then shipped to H&K USA where the system is completed with optics, mounts and other accessories.

As we can see from the photos the new SDMR is mounted with a SIG Sauer Tango6 1-6×24 scope. More on the optic choice here.

If you want to read some of the history and the US Army’s criteria for the rifle, please check Matthew Moss‘ article: US Army Seeking Manufacturer for M110A1 Compact Semi Auto Sniper System.

Here is the announcement from Heckler & Koch USA:

Ashburn, Virginia —Heckler & Koch Defense Inc. is pleased to announce the first shipment of M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifles (SDMR) to the US Army. This shipment is the first of many that will eventually total between 5,000 and 6,000 complete weapon systems.

The new HK rifle is a variant of the 7.62 mm G28/HK417. Under terms of the agreement, the rifles, which are manufactured by HK in Oberndorf, Germany are first shipped to the HK-USA facility in Columbus, GA.

There, HK-USA workers install scopes and mounts purchased by the Army under a separate agreement. Additionally, HK-USA staff kit the scoped rifles with additional accessories from 12 other US-based manufacturers to round out the complete SDMR weapon system delivered to the Army.

Heckler & Koch will also provide spare parts, support, and training.

“Obviously, the COVID-19 pandemic creates and very challenging business environment. But as an essential partner in the defense infrastructure of this country, we are 100 percent committed to delivering this essential product to our troops, while keeping our employees safe and healthy,” HK-USA President and COO Michael Holley said.

He added that HK SDMR system will add much-needed capabilities to virtually every squad in the Army, making it a top priority for HK internationally.

“We have many of the best workers in in the small arms industry, both here in Columbus, Georgia and in Oberndorf, Germany, working together to make this happen,” Holley said.

Deliveries of the M110A1 under the current purchase agreement are expected to continue through the middle of 2021.

U.S. Army photo by SSG Kimberly Jenkins.

From H&K’s social media we can read:

The first batch of M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifles (SDMR) are headed out of Columbus Georgia HQ after being born at Oberndorf HQ. We could not be more proud to deliver this weapons system to the fine marksmen of the U.S. Army.

The closest you can get to one, without enlisting, is the H&K MR762A1 Long Rifle Package II.

Is it just me, or do you think that the US Army should have chosen another name for the M110A1?

The M110 (and the M110K1) is made by Knight’s Armament Company and the M110A1 is made by Heckler & Koch, and I think it is going to create a lot of confusion in the years to come.

Source: Heckler & Koch USA.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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