USMC - M14 Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)

Based around the vintage M14 design, the Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) is a 7.62mm x 51mm semi-automatic sniper rifle in service with the United States Marine Corps (USMC). As the name indicates, the DMR is designed for the Designated Marksman Role i.e. a medium-range sniper capability integrated at the squad level.

A number of modifications and enhancements have been made to the M14 design to produce the DMR :

  • McMillan Tactical M2A fiberglass stock which features an adjustable saddle cheekpiece
  • Pistol grip
  • 22 inch, match-grade, stainless steel barrel
  • Picatinny rail for the mounting of various scopes. Typical scopes fitted on DMRs include Leupold Mark 4 day scopes and AN/PVS-10 or AN/PVS-17 night vision devices.
  • Harris S-L folding bipod

The USMC is in the process of gradually replacing the DMR with the M39 EMR

M14 DMR Specifications

weight: 11 lbs (empty, no scope, bipod or suppressor)
length: 44 inches
barrel length: 22 inches
rate of fire : semi-automatic
muzzle velocity : 2,837 feet per second
caliber : 7.62mm x 51mm NATO
magazine : 20 round box magazine

M14 DMR - Images and Further Info

Force Recon - DMR
A USMC Force Recon sniper looks through the scope of a DMR. Note the Harris S-L bipod folding up beneath the weapon.
US Navy photo by Sgt. Andrew D. Pomykal. (RELEASED)

USMC FAST sniper with DMR
A member of the 2nd Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion takes aim with a DMR, bipod extended.
US DoD photo by Cpl. Mike Escobar


Marine sniper - DMR
A Marine peers down the scope of a DMR. This shot highlights the adjustable saddle cheekpiece.
US DoD photo


DMR - supressor and night scope
A DMR configured for night ops - fitted with a OPS, Inc. suppressor and a AN/PVS-10 night sight
US DoD photo

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