Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), March 2 fielded the M110A1 squad designated marksman rifle, or SDMR, the brigade’s newest infantry squad weapon.

“I’m not a marksman anymore but after seeing the new rifle I really wish I were,” said Sgt. Tyler Squier, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3-187th Inf. Regt.

Designated marksmen from across the battalion began training on the new SDMR system to better understand its capabilities.

“It’s a new experience for some of the Soldiers out here,” said Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Horta, a platoon sergeant from C Company, 3-187th Inf. Regt. “These Soldiers are accustomed to firing a carbine with lower magnification optics. The precision the SDMR allows is a completely different experience. It’s a far more advanced weapons system than I had back when I was in a Recon Platoon way back when.”

The M110A1 was delivered to the U.S. Army through the compact semi-automatic sniper system, or CSASS, program. It was constructed to significantly increase the distance and precision of small unit capabilities. With a similar look, feel and functionality to the M4A1, the M110A1 provides a smooth transition for designated marksmen who need to deploy effective fires at both short and long range.

“In my opinion, every new weapon advancement I have received in the Army has been top notch. This one is no different,” said Sgt. Maj. Rene L. Del Rey, acting command sergeant major for the 3-187th Inf. Regt. “With a little more training to improve the Soldiers’ proficiency the SDMR will undoubtedly improve this battalion’s lethality tenfold.”