HEADED FOR THE BIG TIME

Tactical World - - Special Section -

If you are still un­der the im­pres­sion that 6.5 Creed­moor is a flash-in-the-pan wild­cat that will be ob­so­lete in five years, con­sider the fol­low­ing: In Oc­to­ber 2017, U.S. SOCOM (Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand) tested the per­for­mance of 7.62×51mm NATO, .260 Rem­ing­ton, and 6.5 Creed­moor cartridges out of SR-25, M110A1, and Mk 20 sniper ri­fles. SOCOM de­ter­mined that 6.5 Creed­moor per­formed the best, dou­bling hit prob­a­bil­ity at 1,000 yards, in­creas­ing ef­fec­tive range by nearly half, re­duc­ing wind drift by a third and hav­ing less re­coil than 7.62×51mm NATO rounds. Be­cause the two cartridges have sim­i­lar di­men­sions, the same mag­a­zines can be used, and a ri­fle can be con­verted with a sim­ple bar­rel change. This led to its adop­tion and field­ing by spe­cial op­er­a­tions snipers to re­place the 7.62×51mm NATO car­tridge in their semi-au­to­matic sniper ri­fles, planned by early 2019.

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