US Special Ops Command to award contract for longer-range ammunition

The command is to make a new purchase of 6.5mm Creedmoor bullets, which were designed specifically for long-range target shooting

Defense-blog.com reports that the U.S. Special Operations Command is moving forward with a new contract for 6.5 Creedmoor Multi-Purpose (MP) ammunition for use in the 6.5 Creedmoor gas operated weapon systems. The service has released a request for the manufacture and delivery of MP ammunition, including a longer-range 6.5mm Creedmoor round.

In a July 16 notice, the Special Operations Command announced plans to award a new ammunition contract for the 2nd quarter of Fiscal Year 2021. The estimated quantity of ammunition to be procured is up to 400K cartridges each.

The 6.5mm Creedmoor was designed specifically for long-range target shooting. According to Nationalinterest.org, the 6.5 Creedmoor round has come to dominate the medium-caliber long range shooting scene, due to being able to accommodate bullets with far superior ballistic coefficients, resulting in flatter-shooting faster rounds. The 6.5 Creedmoor is also generally considered to have less recoil despite increased velocity.