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Many moons ago when I was an active duty Marine we used the term “SASS” as an acronym for Special Ammunition Storage Space. For today’s military, SASS has a new meaning—that being “Semi-Automatic Sniper System.” When the US Military announced that it was actively seeking a standard issue semi-automatic sniper rifle, almost every manufacturer of self-loading .308s got on board and began to build their prototypes. As a student of military and firearms history I found this a bit amusing if not ironic.

swaug-cobb-2.jpgFrom the end of the Vietnam conflict through the first Gulf War, the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge was relegated from its primary battle rifle status to special purpose/limited use. The equipment focus of the US Military was on hi-tech weapons such as Tomahawk missiles and smart bombs, not the individual warfighter.

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Many moons ago when I was an active duty Marine we used the term “SASS”…