POTD: U.S. Army's New M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle

Eric B
by Eric B

The M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle was aquired to fill the capability gap between the standard issue rifle and a sniper rifle. In this Photo Of The Day, we’ll take another close look at it.

Here we look at soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, taking aim at the Fort Stewart, Ga., sniper range while fielding the brand new M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle. The pictures are from June 5th, 2020.

1ABCT was the first unit in the U.S. Army to field this rifle.

Below: Looking into the optic from SIG Sauer versus the barrel, as so-called “field expedient bore sight”.

This method is a quick, effective way to check the optical alignment of the barrel and the scope, without wasting a single round of ammunition. Personally, I prefer wasting a few rounds actually.

Note the back-up iron sights on the right side. If you noticed, in the top picture, the soldier has his back-up irons on the left side of the rifle.

The bipod attachment says “LaRue”.

All photos by US Army, Sgt. Daniel Guerrero.

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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  • Bob Bob on Aug 03, 2020

    we called that boresighting in the old days! (1965-1969)

  • Hacedeca Hacedeca on Aug 04, 2020

    I'm still not getting it. So, the points for this rifle, which costs more than a Sako .338 sniper rifle, are

    - that it allows fast follow-ups for suppressive fire?
    - that it looks like an assault rifle and therefore the Guerilla wont make the Designated Marksman their primary target all the time?

    I still wonder, why not a backpack, modular, hill people (light), bolt action rifle in .338 was chosen!

    Cheaper, easier to maintain, quite a shock for the opposing forces to have to watch their machine gunner taking a .338 round into the head - and body armor would not be a problem.

    So, why? Because: Dragunov?

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    • FarmerB FarmerB on Aug 07, 2020

      @hacedeca 1. Then it's a typical HK pump and dump price for collectors. A .308 is basically only a €3-4K rifle, even with the bits on it.

      2. Yes, the TRG is good, but I've put a lot of rounds through 42/22's and they need a bit of help from the basic model. You need a proper bipod rail, a proper optic rail, something to improve the cheek weld, etc. I train alongside a lot of Swiss snipers with TRG-42s but they are let down because it's a basic rifle.

      You can run a HK 308 (417/308/762) for €3-4 for just the rifle and a TRG-42 will put you back a chunk more than that to be effective.