KAC Wins $16M Army Contract for more M110 Sniper Rifles

The KAC M110 was adopted more than a decade ago and the Army just awarded a contract to acquire up to another $16.5 million worth of the rifles by 2024. (Photos: Dept. of Defense)

The Army announced last week that Knights Armaments Co. was awarded a contract to continue to supply their M110 rifle to the service. The Titusville, Florida-based company was awarded a $16.5 million firm-fixed-price contract through the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan with an expected completion date of Nov. 2024.

KAC introduced the 7.62x51mm NATO-caliber system in 2007 complete with a 20-inch chromoly 5R cut rifled barrel and it has gone on to see extensive use primarily with the Army but also the Marines and Coast Guard, though it is set to be augmented in coming years by the more compact Heckler & Koch G28.

The M110 sans its distinctive 14-inch suppressor

The suppressor adds an additional 2-pounds to the rifle but helps moderate sound signature and muzzle flash. Of note, the mag release, safety selector switch, and bolt catch are ambidextrous.

Adopted by the Army as the Semi-Automatic Sniper System, or SASS, the M110 features ambidextrous surface controls, MIL-STD-1913 rails, and a two-stage match trigger. A companion suppressor system, which mates with the M110 flash hider and connects to the SR-25 gas block, is 14-inches long and gives the platform a distinctive profile.

The M110 SASS was adopted a decade ago to replace the Remington Model 700-based M24 Sniper Weapon System in U.S. Army service and is used by both snipers/spotters and designated/advanced marksmen.

The Marine Corps uses the M110 to replace some M14-based M39 and Mk 11 mod 1 rifles (older KAC SR-25s) as well as to complement the bolt-action M40A5.

The Coast Guard uses the M110 in counter-terror maritime security units.

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