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M700

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sniper rifle

  • ORIGIN
    United States

  • NICKNAMES
    Mk 13 (US military designation for M700P)

  • DESIGNED
    Early 1960's

  • DESIGNER
    Remington

  • PRODUCTION
    1962 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    United States - Quantico (M40)
    United States - Remington (M700, M24)

  • QUANTITY
    Over 10.000

  • UNIT COST
    GBP 1.150 for plain M700P in 2010
    GBP 1.300 for plain M700P LTR in 2010
    About $ 5.750 for M24 SWS, US army 2000
    About $ 6.500 for M24 SWS, export 2006

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good accuracy
    Good range
    Limited magazine size
    Low rate of fire
    Heavy (M40)

Introduction

The M700 is a sniper rifle of US origin. The Remington M700 was first introduced in 1962 and was intended for civilian use, such as target shooting and hunting. Right from the start the M700 gained a reputation for being a high quality rifle for good value. The adoption of the M700 as the M40 by the USMC in 1966 opened Remington's eyes for the potential of the M700 as a tactical rifle. With some modifications the M700 proved to be very useful in the tactical role.

Design

The M700 is a bolt action rifle with a classical layout. The bolt design is fairly simple being a two lug rounded bolt. Barrels with various lengths and thickness are available. The civilian versions are available in a staggering 27 different calibers, excluding aftermarket conversions. The tactical models of the M700 family differ from the civilian ones while they are only available with heavy barrels and high quality synthetic stocks. The design allows for a variety of scope mounts, scopes and bipods to suit the user’s needs. The M40 and M24 military models have been extensively modified for the US military to deliver even better performance.

Firepower

The tactical rifles in the M700 family are usually chambered in 7.62x51mm. There are two types of bolts available. The short action bolt can handle rounds up to 7.62x51mm in size, the long action bolt up to .338 Lapua. Most models have an internal magazine between 3 and 6 rounds in size depending on the model and the caliber. Since the 90's detachable magazines are available. Remington and the US military claim the effective range to be 800 meters. All M700 models deliver a sub MOA accuracy out of the box and barrel life is very good. While the M24 and M40 are fitted with high quality barrels their accuracy is better than their law enforcement counterparts and sub 0.5 MOA can be expected.

Users

The M700 models are widely used by US law enforcement agencies. The M700 series tactical sniper rifles are cheaper than most dedicated military and law enforcement sniper rifles while delivering a very good performance. The M40 is mainly used by by the USMC and small numbers have been exported. The M24 SWS was the standard issue sniper rifle for the US army, but is to be supplemented or fully replaced by the M110 SASS. The M24 SWS was also widely exported.

Variants

M700

M700

Remington 700PSS is a police sniper rifle based on the successful civilian M700 range of rifles. PSS stands for Police Sniper Special. The PSS has a high quality Kevlar reinforced synthetic stock and heavy high grade barrel. It can be fitted with a wide array of scopes and bipods. The Remington 700P is the current production variant of the PSS and is offered with a wider array of scope mounts, lightened barrel and a detachable magazine. The Remington 700P LTR is the Light Tactical Rifle which has a shorter fluted barrel.

Statistics

Name: M700 PSSM700PM700P LTR
Caliber 7.62x51mm NATO7.62x51mm NATO7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine 4+1 round internal magazine4+1 round detatchable box4+1 round detatchable box
Operation Bolt-actionBolt-actionBolt-action
Rate of fire Bolt-actionBolt-actionBolt-action
Barrel length 660 mm660 mm508 mm
Rifling 305 mm right hand twist305 mm right hand twist305 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity 777 m/s777 m/s?
Weight ?4.1 kg without scope, 5.5 kg with scope and bipod3.4 kg without scope, 4.8 kg with scope and bipod
Stock FixedFixedFixed
Length ???
Width ???
Height ???
Sights ?Leupold VX-III 3.5-10x40mmMk IV 3.5-10x40 scope
Remarks Optional bipodOptional bipodOptional bipod
M40

M40

The M40 is a highly modified M700 rifle developed by the United States Marine Corps and used since 1966. Each M40 is produced by armorers at the Quantico USMC base using an original M700 and many aftermarket parts. The original M40 is a Remington Model 40x varmint rifle with a Redfield Accurange scope. It uses the short action and cannot be converted to a longer cartridge than the 7.62x51mm NATO in which it is issued. During its extensive use in the Vietnam wars it proved that civilian rifle was not able to withstand the rigors of combat. Most M40's were converted to the M40A1 in the 1970's to overcome these problems. The main differences being the McMillan fiberglass stock, Hart heavy contour barrel and Unertl scope. In 1996 the M40A3 was introduced, it features a newer McMillan fiberglass stock, a Scheider barrel, a bipod and Schmidt & Bender scope.

Statistics

Name: M40A1M40A3
Caliber 7.62x51mm NATO7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine 4+1 round internal magazine4+1 round detatchable box
Operation Bolt-actionBolt-action
Rate of fire Bolt-actionBolt-action
Barrel length 610 mm630 mm
Rifling 5 grooves, 254 mm right hand twist6 grooves, 305 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity 777 m/s777 m/s
Weight 6.59 kg7.5 kg
Stock FixedFixed, adjustable
Length 1.117 mm1.124 mm
Width ??
Height ??
Sights Unertl 10xUnertl 10x
Remarks Optional bipodOptional bipod
M24 SWS

M24 SWS

The M24 is a variant of the Remington 700P specifically designed to meet the demands of the United States Army. It is often called a Sniper Weapon System (SWS), with the entire system consisting of the rifle, the scope, a case and a multitude of accessories. The M24 is fairly similar to its parent 700P model, but amongst the differences are a 5 round detachable magazine and emergency iron sights. Unlike the USMC M40 it is based on the long action allowing it to be reconfigured Magnum rounds in the future.

Statistics

Name: M24 SWS
Caliber 7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine 5+1 round internal magazine
Operation Bolt-action
Rate of fire Bolt-action
Barrel length 660 mm
Rifling 5 grooves, 285 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity 792 m/s
Weight 5.49 kg empty without scope
Stock Fixed, adjustable
Length 1.092 mm
Width ?
Height ?
Sights Leupold Ultra M3 10x scope
Remarks Optional bipod

Use

 
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Argentina
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain

Bangladesh
Brazil
Canada
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Djibouti

Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Georgia
Greece
Honduras
Hong Kong

Hungary
Indonesia
Iraq
Israel
Japan
Jordan
Lebanon

Malaysia
Mexico
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Paraguay
Philippines
Poland

Sierra Leone
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Taiwan
Tonga
United Arab Emirates

United States
Uruguay
Venezuela
Yemen