The long-range capability of American military snipers has saved the lives of many service personnel on the battlefield. Developments in rifles and optics are only part of the story. There has also been a revolution in the accuracy and performance of the ammunition they use.
Barrel Firearms has completed its first shipment of MRAD MK22 MOD 0 rifles for the United States Army Precision Sniper Rifle program.
For most of the 20th century, Lee-Enfield rifles were the backbone of the British army. The last British service Lee was the L42A1 sniping rifle. Built on the World War II No.4(T), the reliable and accurate L42A1 was retired in the early 1990s.
Despite the lessons learned during World War I, the U.S. Army lacked a purpose-built sniper rifle throughout the interwar period, even after efforts were made to develop one. The need became more apparent as World War II loomed, leading to the adoption of the M1903A4, with its developmental history explored here.
Faced with no ready source for sniping rifles during World War II, the Australians created one distinctly their own.