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rules to limit service personnel to
shooting service rifles. ... "
Despite its excellence as a
precision rifle, the Model 70 was
never fully embraced by the U.S.
military as a standardized sniper
arm. Nevertheless, Winchester
Model 70s teamed with the Unertl
scopes were superb sniping arms,
certainly better than anything else
in the military's inventory at the
time. The Model 70s began to be
replaced by Remington Model 700
rifles, which were later standardized by the Marine Corps as the
"M40." The Model 70's suitability as
a sniping rifle during the Vietnam
War should be unquestioned, as the
most famous and revered sniper of
the war, Carlos Hathcock, used the
rifle with remarkable effectiveness.
The Winchester Model 70
represented perhaps the epitome
of the bolt-action sporting rifle.
The rifle's inherent accuracy was
ideally suited as a sniping rifle. For
those wondering why the military
did not continue using the Model
70 and abandoned it in favor of the
Remington Model 700, McGuire
gave a cogent synopsis of the
reasoning behind this decision:
"[For Vietnam], the Marines wanted
a bolt-action rifle with a mediumheavy barrel and a sporter stock.
There was no real reason to stay
with Winchester because the Model
70s used by the Marines were not
the latest production models anyway, and no advantage would be
gained as far as standardization of
equipment was concerned." By the
late 1960s, the Winchester Model
70 sniper rifles were in the process
of being phased out by the new
Remington Model 700s.
As events transpired, the Model
70s pressed into service as sniping arms, especially during the
Vietnam War, were really never
meant to be more than a stop-gap
or interim measure until a standardized sniper rifle could be procured.
This is yet another example of the
truism that a great civilian firearm
does not always equate to a great
military rifle.

DO NOT USE YOUR
BUSHMASTER ACR™ RIFLE
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issue that may develop with a small number of ACR rifl es, and we are requesting that you
discontinue the use of this rifl e immediately and contact us at your earliest convenience so
that we can make the necessary arrangements to have the rifl e returned to us for inspection
and update if necessary.
All Bushmaster-produced ACR rifl es are impacted by this notification.
During routine testing, Bushmaster discovered a design fl aw, which could result in multiple
rounds firing continuously when the trigger is pulled. This unexpected firing of multiple rounds
creates a potentially dangerous situation.
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accomplished at no cost to you.
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