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Here’s the contract award announcement from SOCOM:

Solicitation Number: H92222-12-R-0011
Notice Type: Award Notice
Contract Award Date: March 7, 2013
Contract Award Number: H92222-13-D-0003
Contract Award Dollar Amount: $79,717,783.28
Contractor Awarded Name: Remington Arms Company, LLC

UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) Award Notice

Directorate of Procurement has awarded solicitation H92222-12-R-0011, the Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR). The successful offeror is Remington Arms Company, LLC.

Remington Arms Company, LLC
PO Box 700
Madison, NC 27025-0700
Total Estimated Contract Award $79,717,783.28
Contract Number: H92222-13-D-0003

The Government has awarded a 10 year, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ), Firm Fixed Priced contract for the purchase of the Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) system. The maximum quantities for this requirement are projected to be 5,150 PSR systems and 4,696,800 rounds of ammunition. The work will be performed at two Remington facilities Ilion, NY, and Elizabethtown, KY, and the ammunition at Barnes Bullets facility Mona, UT, and expected to be completed by March 2023.

This contract was awarded In accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304 and 41 U.S.C. 253, under Full and Open Competition. Delivery Order 0001 amount is $ 629,070.00.

…and another announcement on New York Congressman Richard Hanna’s website:

UTICA, N.Y. – U.S. Representative Richard Hanna today announced that Remington Arms has been awarded a nearly $80 million contract to produce more than 5,000 sniper rifles for the U.S. military. The work will be done in Ilion by Mohawk Valley employees.

The federal contract comes from the Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), a division of the U.S. Department of Defense. The contract will be awarded over the course of 10 years.

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Remington has long owned the military sniper market – but FNH has set its sights on the becoming the Precision Sniper Rifle of choice.

Enter the Ballista, a multi-caliber and modular behemoth that combines state-of-the-art technology with strategic form and function.

Ballista is a suppressed .338 system that is also .300 and .308 compatible. In an era of diminishing defense dollars, the ability to train with the .308 for almost pennies on the round will be a must for any competitor.

The Ballista allows the operator to switch the barrel and the bolt face with relative ease. The first time it may take you two or three minutes. After that, a 90-second switch is not out of the question. The head space is off the bolt, so once the barrel is changed the operator need only close the bolt on empty chamber then tighten barrel to set the head space. There are four screws that hold the barrel on left side, and a forcing screw on the right side spreads and loosens the barrel head. The screws are captive, so they won’t fall out and get lost.

While no company will share proprietary data, FNH did confirm that many components are made with advanced polymers that are lighter than plastic but stronger than steel. No doubt that will keep cost down. Special coating also reduces thermal signature and corrosion. For example, knowing that steel screws in an aluminum base often weld into place, engineers came up with special material for the screws that can handle significantly more torque and won’t lock up.

Snipers will like the ease with which the bolt opens. When shooting .338, this can become a chore because of the amount of pressure generated. Not so with this design.

Operators also will notice there are eight locations to place rails on the circumference of the barrel. There is a full length rail across the top, and Ballista offers 30 and 20 Minute-of-Angle forward cam on the 12 o’clock rail.

In addition, the armorer can set trigger to single or two-stage and the folding butt stock is adjustable for length of pull.

The Ballista comes in just under 17 pounds, if spans 49 inches (40 inches folded) and can put a serious dent in your medical record from 1,500 meters.

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BarrettPSR

Walking the line at the Shot Show media range day, I spied this intriguing not-quite 98p behind a table. Turns out it’s Barrett’s basis for the PSR concept rifle they’ve built for an upcoming precision rifle contract bid. The concept gun still lacks the folding stock and the rail extension foot on the buttstock, but proved the concept of the sleeved bolt carrier. It also does not include the Starbucks optic cover.

The rifle is about 13.5 pounds without glass, and a titanium supressor from GemTech. We got to shoot the .338 and at 800 yards it was a cinch to put rounds on steel. Barrett didn’t have the 300 WinMag or .308 uppers to try, but they did say they’d have the PSR done and ready for work in a few weeks.

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