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US Marine Corps / Remington M40 & M40A1


M40A1

After beginning of the Vietnam war, US Marine corps decided to purchase some bolt action sniper rifles. In April, 1966, Remington offered to US MC its sniper rifle, built in the Remington`s custom shop on Model 40XB target rifle action (target tuned model 700 action with heavy barrel). Initially, 800 rifles were offered under the designation of the M40 Sniper Rifle. Total of 995 M40 were built by Remington for US MC. Original M40s were built on Remington`s model 700BDL actions, with one piece wooden stocks.
In the 1970`s, whel initial M40s began to wear out, US MC began to rebuild its inventory into M40A1 configuration. M40A1 built around the same 700BDL actions, but with differend stocks (polymer, by McMillan bros), and with the different scope. M40A1s are built in Quantico by qualified US MC armourers wrom parts supplied by Remington (actions), Winchester (magazine floorplate) and other contractors.
M40s were used in Vietnam and in later companies with great success, proved itself reliable and deadly accurate weapons

Weapontype:
(Sniper) Rifle

Operation:
Bolt Action

Cartridge:
7.62x51mm NATO (.308 Win)

Weight:
(Unloaded) 4.08 kg w/o scope; 6.57 kg complete weapon

Length:
1117mm (M40A1)

Barrel:
660mm (M40); 610mm (M40A1)

Magazine Capacity:
5 rounds

Sights:
Redfield 3-9X (M40); Unertl 10x with Mil-Dots and BDC (M40A1)

Effective range:
800 meters

 

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