The Pentagon this week announced that Knight's Armament Company has won a contract to supply the U.S. Army with M110 semiautomatic sniper systems.

The $13,480,110 firm-fixed-price contract for various M110 configurations was issued through the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Newark, New Jersey with an estimated completion date of Sept. 25, 2025. 

The M110 SASS is a semi-automatic sniper/designated marksman chambered in the 7.62 NATO with a 20-inch Chromoly 5R barrel. (Photo: U.S. Army)
The rifle has ambidextrous surface controls such as a double-sided magazine release, safety selector switch, and bolt catch. It is usually seen paired with KAC's distinctive 14-inch, 32-ounce M110 suppressor. (Photo: U.S. Army)

Reid Knight's Florida-based KAC, which was the home of AR-10 mastermind Eugene Stoner, produced the Stoner Rifle-25 or SR-25, in 1990. A variant of that rifle won the Army's XM110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle competition in 2005.

Since then, the M110 has replaced the legacy M24 Sniper Weapon System in use with snipers, spotters, designated marksman, and squad advanced marksmen in the Army and has gone on to see use throughout the DOD in small numbers with the Navy and Marine Corps as well. The Coast Guard also uses the M110 for airborne maritime interdiction. 

Curiously, the Army is also fielding models of the Heckler & Koch G28 (HK241) 7.62 NATO rifle as the M110A1 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System and the new Squad Designated Marksman Rifle. HK won a contract worth over $33 million for the M110A1 earlier this year.

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