April 7th, 2021

Barrett Wins Army Sniper Rifle Contract with Multi-Caliber MK22

Barrett Firearms MRAD MK22 multi caliber sniper rifles .308 win .300 Norma magnum .338 Lapua Magnum
See Barrett MRAD MK22 Range Report with VIDEO in Guns America Digest.

Barrett Firearms Manufacturing has been awarded a five-year $49.9 million contract under the U.S. Army Precision Sniper Rifle program with its MRAD (Multi-Role Adaptive Design) MK22 MOD 0 rifle, paired with a Leupold Mark 5 HD scope. The MK22 system will replace several current U.S. Army sniper rifles.

Barrett Firearms MRAD MK22 multi caliber sniper rifles .308 win .300 Norma magnum .338 Lapua Magnum

Designed for precision and modularity, the MK22 provides cartridge-choice flexibility within the highly successful MRAD rifle platform. By switching barrels, this multi-caliber bolt action rifle can be used with 7.62x51mm, .300 Norma Magnum (NM) and .338 Norma Magnum (NM) cartridge types, based on the mission. The Army stated that the new MRAD MK22 rifle “increases stand-off distances ensuring overmatch against enemy counter sniper engagements and increases sniper capability.” More Details HERE.

The Mark 22 comes standard with a folding stock and an action/chassis system that easily allows changeable barrels. Barrels can be quickly swapped by loosening two Torx-30 screws. The MK22 spec sheets list a 2.5-lb trigger pull. The complete field package weigh 24 pounds, including rifle, Leupold Mark 5 HD scope, two magazines, and disassembly tool.

Barrett Firearms MRAD MK22 multi caliber sniper rifles .308 winchester win .300 Norma magnum .338 Lapua Magnum
Read more about Barrett’s MRAD MK22 Rifle in Guns America Digest.

Civilian Version of Mark 22 Will Be Available
For a limited time, Barrett will offer Mark 22 rifles with the serious price of $16,770. Yes you can buy a pretty nice used car for that. But military-grade quality doesn’t come cheap. The Leupold Mark 5 HD optic adds $2,300 to the price.

According to SofRep.com : “The MRAD … has been primarily designed for the U.S. Special Operations Command’s (SOCOM) Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) program that seeks to replace the current sniper rifles with new, more effective ones. The ASR program was stipulated for a bolt-action rifle that could use three different calibers (the .300 Norma Magnum, .338 Norma Magnum, and 7.62 NATO). Further, it requires the sniper rifle to be able to hit with accuracy targets at a minimum of 1,500 meters. The rationale behind the multiple calibers is to give shooters the ability to tailor their shots according to the situation they face on the battlefield.”