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I am doing a media presentation in my U.S. Military History class on American sniper rifles, i was wondering if anybody could tell me in order the American sniper rifles issued. i would also like to know if there are any websites besides this one where i can get information on specific rifles. thank you
 

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The USA has a "not so clear and defined" path of sniper and sniper rifle employment. But here is a "semi accurate" time line of sniper rifle development in the USA. Starting at WWI, the beginning of the modern era of sniping.

WWI
well we entered so late, we really didn't have a sniper program. Used M1903's with scopes.

WWII
M1903A1's with Unertl's
M1903A4 - Designated Sniper rifle
M1C's & M1D's

Korea
M1903's and M1D's again.
Some limited use of Winchester M70 target rifles

Vietnam
M1903's and M1D's at the beginning
Winchester M70 Target rifles
XM21 - US Army official sniper rifle
Remington 700 Varmint rifles
M40 - USMC official adoption of remington M700 with scope, etc.

Post Vietnam:
M21 - US Army, Standardized
M40A1 - USMC updated M40
M24 SWS - US Army replacement for M21
M40A2 - Never officially Adopted, but tested by USMC
XM25 - Used in limited capacity by SF, SEALs and some others.
M40A3 - New replacement for M40A1's in the USMC
M82A1 - First the USMC adopted this .50 BMG, then the US Army used it "unofficially".
XM107 - Official adoption by the US Army of the USMC M82A1 improved.

Thats about it from off the top of my head, I've probably forgot one or two.... There are some additional DMR type rifles being used in Iraq right now by both USMC and US Army, but none of them are official, and a DMR is a bit different then a true sniper rifle.

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i think you forgot Stoner SR-25 Mk 11 Mod 0 (an SR-25 LW match w/ all accessories) and SR-25 Match used in limited capacity by SEALS and some other SF units
talked to a few snipers in NAM said they were able to choose thier own weapons and most of them chose the M-14
 

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Ah yes, the SR25! Good one. They are used by SEALs, SF, and the Ranger Batt's have some also (though not exactly the same config as the Mk11 Mod 0).

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cody, how did you manage to go to such a good high school
most of the times i mentioned guns in a non-threatening way i found myself under interrogation at the principles office

mel, do snipers still get to choose thier own weapons or do they have to use the issued ones?
 

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Issued only. no ifs, ands, or buts.

They let the early snipers in Vietnam chose between M14's and Win M70's because they had nothing else and were trying to figure out what to standardize. Later in the war, they were no longer given any option, it was issued to you.

SF units today generally have a few different weapons in their gun racks to chose from.... mission dependent usually.

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its not my school..its the teacher he kicks ass... and its for my graduation project in a U.S. MILITARY history class... thanks for all the info guys..anymore would be appreciated and i printed all of the mentioned off of the rifles list on this site..its gunna be cool to see sniper central listed on my works cited page..i think it may be about the only thing listed..haha thank guys!!
 
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