Concepts & Programs HomeProgramsFocus Area 4: Modernization & TechnologyPart 1: Equipping the MarineMK38


The M38 SDMR is a lightweight, air-cooled, gas operated, magazine fed, shoulder-fired weapon equipped with a variable power optic.

Operational Impact
The SDMR will be used in a designated marksman role. Due to its improved optic, the M38 SDMR is able to provide the rifle squad with the capability to deliver lethal, precise, and discriminative fire out to 600 meters. It also includes a Small Arms Weapon Suppressor.

Program Status
The SDMR is in the process of being fielded. IOC was achieved in October 2017. FOC is scheduled to be achieved by September 2018.

Procurement Profile:

FY 2018 QTY 864
FY 2019 QTY 0

Manufacturer: Heckler & Koch, Ashburn, VA (Rifle) Leupold and Stevens, Inc. (Optic) Knights Armament Company (Suppressor)

Modernization and Technology