US Army snipers try out new M110A1 rifles

The US Army managed to get full approval from Congress to buy thousands of new M110A1 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems (CSASS) last year, and now its snipers are testing the rifles.

Eight snipers assigned to the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division are currently field testing the upgraded CSASS at Fort Carson, part of the limited user testing laid out by the Army last summer.

While the Army has already fielded the rifle, based on Heckler & Koch’s 7.62x51mm G28E-110, in a squad designated marksman role to select units Fort Bliss and Fort Bragg, the Ivy Division snipers are testing new features that include ‘increased accuracy, plus other ergonomic features like reduced weight and operations with or without a suppressor,‘ according to an Army release.

And these drills were just to test the CSASS’s 800-meter range, firing some 8,000 rounds in various configurations of their mission gear before facing off in force-on-force exercises.

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act fully funded the Army’s proposed $46.2 million acquisition of 5,180 CSASS rifles with the eventual goal of buying as many as 8,711 of the lightweight 7.62mm systems.