The Marine Corps has selected the scope for its newest sniper rifle ― the Nightforce Advanced Tactical Riflescope.
Marine snipers could have them in their inventory as soon as June, a company official said.
The rifle and optic are major upgrades to the platform they replace ― the M40 ― which has been in service since the Vietnam War.
The new rifle, the Mk 13 Mod 7, extends sniper range and lethality through a combination of factors. It fires a .300 Winchester Magnum round as opposed to the 7.62 mm of the M40. The .300 Win Mag pushes ranges beyond 1,000 yards, which was the limit on the old round.
Marines chose the Tremor3 reticle for sighting in targets, which gives shooters a quicker windage option than standard scope reticles, said Tod Litt, business development manager for Nightforce.