DARPA XM-3 Sniper Rifle Being Auctioned By CMP

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by Daniel Y

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is auctioning off an actual, complete XM-3 sniper rifle. This is a rare opportunity to own an actual US military sniper rifle with documented combat use. It even includes the original deployment case and Nightforce scope.


An original data book comes with the rifle, and documents 763 rounds fired, as well as the rifle being in Iraq in late 2007 and early 2008. The only original part not included is the suppressor, which CMP notes was not included when they took possession of this rifle. Now for the bad part: With 6 days left in the auction as of writing, the current bid was already $16,000. The auction ends on July 6th, if so you have deep pockets and want to pick up a nice 4th of July present, the XM-3 could be an option!

All images from CMP.

From the CMP:

“This rifle is in overall excellent condition. The action parts show signs of use but have been well maintained. The bolt has a large ball on the handle w/ the last 4 of the SN stamped on the top edge of the handle. The barrel is in excellent condition w/ a clean, bright bore and tight headspace. The last 4 of the SN can be found on the left side. The stock is in excellent condition w/ some cosmetic scratches. The action is bedded in the stock. The floor plate is bedded as well and the last 4 of the SN can be found under the magazine door. The rifle is equipped w/ a Nightforce NXS 3.5-15X50 scope secured on the IBA receiver mount (last 4 of SN on bottom) with Nightforce rings. The scope has a mil-dot reticle and .25 MOA adjustments for windage and elevation.

According to the included data book, the rifle had 763 documented rounds fired through it between 23 April 2007 and 30 Oct. 2007. Information in the data book puts the rifle in Iraq in late 2007 to early 2008.

This rifle and its parts come in a STORMCASE iM3200 case w/ the rifle SN and suppressor SN written on the outside (suppressor not included and was not with the weapon system when received by the CMP).”

Daniel Y
Daniel Y

AKA @fromtheguncounter on Instagram. Gun nerd, reloader, attorney, and mediocre hunter. Daniel can still be found on occasion behind the counter at a local gun store. When he is not shooting, he enjoys hiking, camping, and rappelling around Utah.

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  • Kevin Kevin on Jul 03, 2024

    Hot gat. But not for 20k

  • Bmstylee Bmstylee on Jul 03, 2024

    Mil reticle and moa turrets? Something about that doesn't make sense.

    • Gunnar Gunnar on Jul 03, 2024

      It doesn't but mil reticles and MOA turrets used to be the de facto standard for scopes in the US military.