U.S. Army Selects SIG SAUER Advanced Sniper Rifle Ammunition

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U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger (2017), from The European Best Sniper Squad Competition.

The U.S. Army has awarded SIG Sauer a contract to manufacture .300 Norma Magnum and .338 Norma Magnum ammunition. The order is a follow-on purchase for the Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) program, and has a $157MM maximum value contract and includes 4.5MM rounds for the first delivery. Specifically, the U.S. Army ASR ammunition contract consists of two cartridges: the M1163, which is a .300NM, 215 grain round, and the M1162, an armor-piercing 338NM, 300 grain round.

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Here is the announcement from SIG SAUER:

NEWINGTON, N.H., (June, 2022) – Following the success of the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy MK248 300WM Precision Sniper Rifle Contract, SIG SAUER is pleased to announce another U.S. Army award to manufacture the follow-on Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) 300 Norma Mag (NM) and armor-piercing 338 Norma Mag (NM) ammunition.

“This selection by the U.S. Army to manufacture ASR ammunition reinforces SIG SAUER as the leading manufacturer of modern sniper ammunition for the U.S. Department of Defense, and demonstrates confidence in SIG’s ability to deliver the most precise ammunition in the world,” began Ron Cohen, President and CEO SIG SAUER, Inc.

The U.S. Army ASR ammunition contract consists of two cartridges: M1163, a 300NM, 215 grain round, and M1162 an armor-piercing 338NM, 300 grain round. The $157MM maximum value contract includes 4.5MM rounds for the first delivery order.

“Sniper ammunition must be manufactured to the most precise standards. This award, combined with our proven success in the MK248 300WM contract, further demonstrates our most important customer’s confidence in our ability to build and deliver the most precise ammunition,” concluded Cohen.

All SIG SAUER Ammunition, including the Precision Sniper Rifle MK248, the Advanced Sniper Rifle M1162, and M1163, and the new Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) 6.8mm Common Cartridge, is American-made and manufactured at our state-of-the-art ammunition manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

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Eric B
Eric B

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  • Nathaniel G Lambeth, Sr Nathaniel G Lambeth, Sr on Jun 17, 2022

    A second comment the 6.8 military round is a bimetal case. The rear is stainless and the rest is brass. I have personally seen the failures from a test receiver. Would include a picture if I had the capability. Stainless no matter the alloy does not have the ductilability of brass. This is going to be an engineering nightmare.

    • Anon. E. Moose Anon. E. Moose on Jun 21, 2022

      @Nathaniel G Lambeth, Sr Can you tell me where you can find such pictures?

  • LG LeBlanc LG LeBlanc on Jun 25, 2022

    Platform is really great..........
    But why a foreign contractor?
    Why not use a DOMESTIC ARMS MANUF???.
    Oh wait, America sues the shit out of American Arms Manufs!!

    • ProveMeWrongFU ProveMeWrongFU on Jul 12, 2022

      @LG LeBlanc Look at the military history of the CEO of Sig Sauer and that will answer everything.