The DPMS Panther Rapid Engagement Precision Rifle (REPR) is designed…

The DPMS Panther Rapid Engagement Precision Rifle (REPR) is designed to fulfill a very specific military need. Among its many features, the ambi mag release is great for gloved hands, facilitating operation in adverse conditions.

To many, the REPR is nothing more than an industry-attached name for a cool looking rifle. Truth is, it’s actually another government acronym that just so happens to fit the general task of the weapon. The Rapid Engagement Precision Rifle is the U.S. Marine Corps’ small arms program request for a new system to deal with the real threats encountered in the field. An advanced planning presentation in May 2008 outlines the basic concept to be, “a 7.62mm semi-automatic sniper rifle that holds 1- to 2-MOA accuracy out to 800 to 1,000 meters.” The needs of the warfighter had changed and although the pinpoint accuracy of a bolt rifle has its place, so does the need for similar accuracy with the ability to rapidly engage multiple threats. There had also arisen a need to do that over longer engagements, meaning higher capacity. This was not a new requirement, as the Marine’s had been using the M39 (a highly modified M14) for decades, and still do in many instances. But for all that system’s pluses, it is heavy, does not always lend itself to mounting optics and can be armorer intensive. What was really needed was a system that was lighter in weight, accurate, reliable, used existing ammunition and magazines, and could be fielded easily.

dpms-panther-bDPMS’ REPR is shown in Flat Dark Earth—the color of choice in today’s theaters of operation.

Although a Marine Corps program, this was eventually sort of melded into the Army’s SASS program. In a statement before Congress, the Commander of Marine Corps Systems Command Brigadier General Michael M. Brogan stated, “The Marine Corps is pursuing the Army’s Semi Automatic Sniper System (SASS) to meet the REPR requirement, the Army has the lead.” That being the case, there was a system in various configurations that had some movement within the community. The SR25 has been around for years as has its magazines. The 7.62x51mm is easily one of the most prolific calibers in inventory, and the AR platform is ergonomic, lightweight, and potentially very accurate. It can be reliable, but often the melding of the two (accuracy and reliability) has not been so common. It finally resulted in what is the M110 a rifle based on the SR25, with changes to accommodate a somewhat less specific sniper role that could be used more widely within all the services. This contract and its commensurate industry competition resulted in some very fine rifles that either competed for the contract, or were and are built on the basic premise.

dpms-panther-cAAC suppressors seem to be the choice of many military units, and their provided flash-hider
allows easy use.

Gun Details
The DPMS REPR rifle that arrived was Flat Dark Earth, the color du jour that is so popular these days. The lower is of the milled variety, hard coat anodized and Teflon coated. It contains an 8620 steel bolt carrier and a Carpenter 158 steel bolt for durability. The forend has a 4-rail setup that is free-floated, mil-spec, and is coated with the same Teflon. It covers an 18-inch chromoly barrel that has been fluted and coated in Remonite and has a 1-in-10-inch twist rate. This coating is designed to prolong barrel life and reduce the effects of corrosion.
The muzzle is capped

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  • Monika Belka

    I have to admit that I am quite disapointed with the DPMS REPR that I purchased a few months ago and with their service. After months of reaserch, reading multiple reviews and watching numerous youtube videos, I’ve concluded that the DPMS AR-10 REPR would be the best AR10 for the money. I did not want to buy “just any” AR10. I have several bolt action rifles and I wanted something special. I wanted the REPR!!!! Finally, it arrived! I was excited just like a little kid. It is a great looking rifle, and the most expensive firearm I own.
    After several trips to shooting range, trying different scopes, and different ammo, I can’t even get any kind of reasonable grouping. I am all over the target at 25, 50 and 100 yards! First, I thought it was the scope, so I replaced it with a brand new Vortex Viper 6.5x20x50 (great scope by the way). Then, I thought maybe it’s the ammo? Initially, I used Remington 308 Win 150gr, and then I switched to Federal 7.62×51 149g with the same result. Then I said, it has to be me. So, I asked my buddy, who has been a copetition shooter for many years, to help me. The same results. Ultimately, I called DPMS. They directed me to their warranty departament, wich by the way is run by Bushmaster, and on top of everything else I was treated like it was all my fault. The guy who answered the phone (I wish I wrote his name) was very unpleasant, short and condescending. After a brief explanation of the situation on my part, in a very dry, short way, with a mean tone of voice, he asked for my personal information and email address, and then he hung up the phone! Not even a word of apology, or I am sorry for your trouble Mr. Customer who just spent $2,000.00 with us, or thank you for calling DPMS/Bushmaster, or kiss my a…. He just hung up on me!

    Well… it is what it is and I will deal with it, but I have to admit that, this is not what I expected from the DPMS and and their famous AR-10 REPR. I hope that this is just an insolated incident, and not a common occurance and that the DPMS will resolve the problem promptly. I wish you will have much better luck than me.
    Thank you for reading,
    Gregor B.

  • crossbow

    I just bought my REPR from DPMS. Now to get the optics and suppressor.