Put on that ghillie suit and climb into your combat boots.

It's time to Rock & Roll!

A fellow by the name of Stoner, as in Eugene, came up with this sniper rifle. And Knight's Armament Company built it. The SR-25 is reminiscent of Stoner's other boy-toys, the AR-10 and the M-16. And the brass at the Pentagon and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have been tuned into the sweet sounds and semi-auto staccato of this 1990s model sniper rifle since its unveiling nearly 20 years ago.

And the unfriendlies have been stacking up like cordwood since the Stoner S-25 catapulted onto the sniper landscape in Iraq and Afghanistan in 7.62x51mm NATO.

This ain't your granddaddies shooting iron. It's an impressive black gun. It's chambered for the heavy-hitting .308. And it's earned its stripes on the field of battle.

Having shot both of Stoner's earlier inventions, the 5.56x45mm M-16 in full auto and the AR-10 in semi-auto .308, I regret not having the opportunity to make this rifle's acquaintance. I loved the M-16 in Uncle Sam's U.S. Army. I enjoyed my military issued M-16 so much that I bought a civilian AR-15 version after I got out of the service.

And only two years ago, while test-firing the old Springfield '03, A-3 at the range in anticipation of a black bear hunt, I met three SWAT officers from down the road.

Those muscled, shaven-head officers agreed to let me 'test drive' the AR-10, and I have been singing the praises of Stoner's other semi-auto sniper rifle in .308 ever since.

The SR-25 is a semi-automatic, gas-operated, rotating bolt rifle. If it looks a lot like the M-16 there's a good reason for that: It shares more than half of its parts with the AR-15 and the M-16. Yes, sir. It's nearly interchangeable.

The gun measures 44 total inches with a free-floating, 24-inch barrel.

And it tips the scales at a modest 10 3/4 pounds.

The Stoner SR-25 accommodates 10- and 20-round detachable box magazines.

It doesn't have iron sights, only a Picatinny rail atop for the piece de resistance, the weapon's optics. Scopes are like automobiles; everyone has a favorite. But many forces in the know seem to like the scope atop the Stoner variant, the Mk 11 Mod 0 Sniper Weapon System, Leupold's Vari-X, Mil-dot scope. Now that's a shootin' system!