Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, take aim at the Fort Stewart, Ga., sniper range while fielding the U.S. Army’s new M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle, June 5th, 2020. 1ABCT was the first unit in the U.S. Army to field this rifle. The SDMR was designed to fill the capability gap between the standard issue rifle, and a sniper rifle.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, take aim at the Fort Stewart, Ga., sniper range while fielding the U.S. Army’s new M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle, June 5th, 2020. 1ABCT was the first unit in the U.S. Army to field this rifle. The SDMR was designed to fill the capability gap between the standard issue rifle, and a sniper rifle. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Daniel Guerrero) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Zachery Goin and Staff Sgt. Eric Cortez, from the 10th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conduct a field expedient bore sight at the Fort Stewart, Ga., sniper range while fielding the U.S. Army’s new M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle, June 5th, 2020. This method is a quick, effective way to check the optical alignment of the barrel and the scope. 1ABCT was the first unit in the U.S. Army to field this rifle which was designed to fill the capability gap between the standard issue rifle, and a sniper rifle.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Zachery Goin and Staff Sgt. Eric Cortez, from the 10th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conduct a field expedient bore sight at the Fort Stewart, Ga., sniper range while fielding the U.S. Army’s new M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle, June 5th, 2020. This method is a quick, effective way to check the optical alignment of the barrel and the scope. 1ABCT was the first unit in the U.S. Army to field this rifle which was designed to fill the capability gap between the standard issue rifle, and a sniper rifle. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Daniel Guerrero) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conduct weapons maintenance at the Fort Stewart, Ga., sniper range while fielding the U.S. Army’s new M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle, June 5th, 2020. 1ABCT was the first unit in the U.S. Army to field this rifle. The SDMR was designed to fill the capability gap between the standard issue rifle, and a sniper rifle.
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conduct weapons maintenance at the Fort Stewart, Ga., sniper range while fielding the U.S. Army’s new M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle, June 5th, 2020. 1ABCT was the first unit in the U.S. Army to field this rifle. The SDMR was designed to fill the capability gap between the standard issue rifle, and a sniper rifle. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Daniel Guerrero) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT STEWART, Ga. — Raider Soldiers once again led the way in modernization when they fielded the U.S. Army’s new Squad Designated Marksman Rifle last week on Fort Stewart,

The fielding process ended with a familiarization firing on June 5 at the base’s sniper range.

The team consisted of noncommissioned officers from all over the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. They were the first in the Army to field the SDMR, named the M110A1.

They started their training earlier in the week with initial familiarization in a classroom setting. This enabled the Soldiers to become educated with the new weapon system before conducting live fires.

After the initial training, where they learned about the assembly and disassembly, functionality, and operation, the Soldiers took to the sniper range for zeroing and confirming with a civilian team from the Tank-automotive and Armament Command out of Detroit.

“The whole intent for this is new equipment training,” said David Parris, a former infantry Soldier, and one of the civilian experts from TACOM. “We have given them a rifle that is precise and capable of closing the capability gap of 300-600 meters, which means it fills the maximum firing distance gap between the standard issue rifle and the sniper rifle.”

The SDMR fires a 7.62x51mm NATO round and comes equipped with a variable zoom scope. The manufacturer also added a bi-pod, adjustable butt stock, and an upgraded trigger to enhance the weapon system’s precision fire capabilities.

“This weapon is an upgrade to the whole squad layout, and you can even work it in to combined arms warfare,” said Sgt. Patrick Nissen, a scout from the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1ABCT, 3rd ID. “I shoot long range, both in the Army and recreationally, and I really like getting down behind this weapon, it is very comfortable, it is a great rifle, and I really do enjoy it”

Once the fielding process is complete, these NCOs will be able to take what they have learned and share it with the Soldiers of their respective units. This will be another way the Soldiers of Raider Brigade build and maintain lethality.