Heckler & Koch Prepping New SDMR Rifles for U.S. Army Contract

07/15/19 5:00 AM | by

Heckler & Koch HK417 closeup by Chris Eger

Fort Bliss Alpha Company 4-17 Infantry Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Squad Designated Marksman Rifle SDM-R Jan. 25 2019 HK G28 sig 1-6x24mm Tango6 (2)

The SDMR in all its glory, complete with translucent mags, HK German roll marks, offset backup sights, a Geissele mount, suppressor and Sig Tango6 optic. (Photo: U.S. Army)

Heckler & Koch announced last week they are preparing to deliver a shipment of new rifle weapon systems as part of the U.S. Army’s Squad Designated Marksman Rifle contract.

The SDMR is a variant of the company’s G28 (HK241) chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO. The platform, which itself is a development of the HK417 series. was evaluated at Fort Bliss by the Army’s PEO Soldier program earlier this year. Manufactured in HK’s Oberndorf, Germany plant, the rifle will soon begin arriving at the company’s Columbia, Georgia facility to marry up with optics, mounts, and accessories provided from a field of a dozen U.S. companies.

“This is a significant achievement for Heckler & Koch,” said Michael Holley, HK-USA’s COO/CSO. “The HK SDMR system will add much-needed capabilities to virtually every squad in the Army. We are honored by this opportunity.”

The Army is moving to adopt between 5,000 and 6,000 SDMRs to replace modified M14 rifles used as designated marksman rifles over the past decade. Doctrine stipulates a compact scope for the squad-level platform, and in 2018 the Army selected Sig Sauer’s 1-6x24mm Tango6 optic as the designated glass for the SDMR system.

German soldier provides over watch using his HK G28 during exercise Allied Spirit X at Hohenfels, Germany, April 12, 2019

The German Army already uses the HK G28 with a variety of Schmidt & Bender glass. The rifle has a 75 percent commonality of parts with the standard HK417 (Photo: U.S. Army)

The same G28 rifle, when classified as by the U.S. Army as the M110A1 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System, or CSASS, uses a Schmidt & Bender 3-20 power variable scope.

The very similar M110A1 CSASS, also made by HK. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The very similar M110A1 CSASS, also made by HK. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

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