I had no idea how sensitive you brits are. Calm down guys, wouldn't want you to wet your knickers.
I didn't log on to berate any other countries firearms, as there are many fine firearms still in use, and I'm not here to debate US rifles over
anyone else's. As for my credentials, it really doesn't matter, because I could say anything about myself and you couldn't disprove it....
I can say this, with Blackhills 168gr. BTHP, the round from an XM-3 goes subsonic at 1,240 yards (asl), so for all of you that know ballistics, that
means 173gr. and 175gr. M118 would travel farther consistently, therefore the data posted here for the XM-3's max range is conservative. I can also
say that the rifles have tested by and are currently used by both the West and East coast USMC scout sniper teams deployed, NSW, and the units at
Bragg. It is shorter and lighter than the current U.S. SWS's which was the driving force for DARPA to fund it, and there are several variants that
obviously none of you have any information on, and unfortunately I can't comment about, but you can use your imagination.
My dog in this fight is about the everyone's issue with the cost of the rifle. If you itemize everything that comes with it, to include the manhours
at the armory, where the weapons is entriely built from scratch(not pieced together like a "kit-gun") to included a life maintenance package and
support for any end-user deplyed world-wide, I'd say it's a hell of a good gun.
And since Sako rifles, Mosin-Nagants, and 7.62x54R don't carry NSN's, they are obliviously not a good choice for the U.S. pax-payer.
Take a good look at the picture provided by "delta boy", and notice how the extended bolt knob, UNS mount, trigger guard and rail although not
obvious necesities all are custom, meaning fitted, machined, parkerized, painted. To the casual eye, it means nothing, but again to end user, it is a
durable, accurate weapon platform that takes the old M40 technology to the next level.