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Marine snipers are testing a new rifle that would provide them with greater lethality and flexibility. The bolt-action Mk22 Mod O Advanced Sniper Rifle offers a flash and sound suppressor that works with any caliber of ammunition. Users can customize it with different calibers and barrels to fit mission needs.

The Mk22 will replace all M40A6 and Mk13 Mod 7 rifles. Its 7.35 Precision Day Optic is a considerable improvement over the 5.25 optic it will replace, offering greater magnification and observation capabilities.

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“Rather than putting one gun away and getting the next gun out, we can quickly change the barrels, and then we only have to carry ammunition and that extra barrel – not an extra gun and extra magazines,” said Sgt. Christopher Frazier, a Scout Sniper Instructor School Marksmanship Instructor.

Testing is taking place at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.

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