Happened across this picture this weekend:
SEKEIK, Iraq (October 17, 2006) – Sgt. Chris Walsh, from the Wyoming Army National Guard Police Training Team, provides overwatch security for fellow Soldiers in Sekeik, Iraq. Photo by Spc. Billy Brothers.
The weapon appears to be an Enhanced Battle Rifle by Sage International. I checked one of these out at February’s SHOT Show, but hadn’t seen pics of one in use in Iraq (except in Sage’s literature) until now.
It’s based on the good old M14 but adds modern goodies like a collapsible stock and MIL-1913 rails for use with today’s gadgets. This would seem to make a nearly perfect Designated Marksman weapon. Standard M14s and M1As are used by many in the squad DM role, as are flat top M16s accurized with better barrels and other enhancements.
Designated Marksmen generally have scopes and are used at the squad level in “sniper lite” and counter-sniper roles as needed. They fill the gap between standard riflemen and specialized snipers.