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The Corps is on track to fully field the M38 marksman rifle, despite setbacks for the M27 IAR | Marine Corps Times
Lance Cpl. Michaela R. Gregory/ Marine Corps

The Corps is on track to fully field the M38 marksman rifle, despite setbacks for the M27 IAR | Marine Corps Times

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are continuing to hound the Corps over its selection of German company Heckler & Koch to produce the Corpsā€™ newest automatic rifle, the M27 IAR, but that hasnā€™t slowed the Marinesā€™ effort to field theĀ M38.

The M38 is a marksman version of theĀ M27 IAR, born out of the lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan for the need to hit enemy targets at 600 meters. The rifle is being fielded to one designated marksman per infantry squad, but has come under criticism from the Marine sniper community who view the weapon as inadequate for the role it is designated for.

But issues from theĀ Capitol HillĀ and grumblings from within the Corps have not slowed the Corpsā€™ from issuing the rifle.

Fielding of the M38 squad-designated marksman rifle already has been completed for all three Marine Expeditionary Forces, or MEF, and 216 rifles have been requested for Marine Forces Reserve, according to Barbara Hamby, a spokeswoman for Marine Corps Systems Command.

Source:Ā The Corps is on track to fully field the M38 marksman rifle, despite setbacks for the M27 IAR | Marine Corps Times

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