Any fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead can remember the scene from episode one where Morgan knelt at the window of his upstairs bedroom with a sniper rifle popping walkers at a distance. That’s the way to survive the zombie apocalypse without getting your hands dirty. Now imagine if you could make that shot from a distance that you couldn’t see with the naked eye. That’s exactly the power Remington Defense will be providing to the The unified command for the worldwide use of Special Operations elements of the Army, Navy, and Air Force (USSOCOM) by way of the Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) system.
From the press release earlier this year:
“The United States Special Operations Command has awarded the Remington Defense Division of Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) – a subsidiary of Freedom Group Inc. (“FGI”) – a $79.7 million dollar Firm Fixed-Priced (FFP) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide up to 5,150 Precision Sniper Rifles (“PSR”) and 4.6 million rounds of precision ammunition. This award is the result of full and open competition conducted by USSOCOM.”
This bolt action rifle will have a maximum effective range of 1600 meters (1750 yards). To put that in perspective, when you bring the sights down on the forehead of some would be flesh muncher, you could take that kill some 17 football fields away if you’ve got the talent. You’ll be able to kill zombies you can’t even see with the naked eye.
USSOCOM selected the .336 Lapua Magnum as the standard round for the PSR system. The .336 has become a popular round for its effectiveness in Iraq and Afghanistan. New advancements in rifle, weapon system, and ammunition offer snipers and spotters an increased level of effectiveness and lessen the number of civilian casualties.
We can all take a lesson from today’s sniper. When the apocalypse comes friends are going to be in short supply. Any effective use of power that can keep a friendly upright and walking corpses headless will be a useful tool. The PSR won’t be available on the open market but with a price tag at The Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) systemjust over 17k a unit few could afford it anyway. Stay low and bide your time, when the infection spreads there will be plenty of military bases left wide open but a word of caution, be quick and shop well because the PSR will be a prize worth fighting for.