Put on that ghillie suit and climb into your combat
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,
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
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!