XM-3 Build Done

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I finally got the USMC XM-3 clone back from the builder who helped build the original 52 of them. This one has the titanium scope rail and barrel lug.
I'm very pleased with his work. I esp. like how the bedding was dyed to match the stock color. If you are not familiar with the XM-3, here's a link:
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Who is Bill and how does one get in touch with him? I have most every component to build an XM3, I would like an original builder. I appreciate any help!
 

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I finally got the USMC XM-3 clone back from the builder who helped build the original 52 of them. This one has the titanium scope rail and barrel lug.
I'm very pleased with his work. I esp. like how the bedding was dyed to match the stock color. If you are not familiar with the XM-3, here's a link:
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Very Nice Rifle....
 
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I finally got the USMC XM-3 clone back from the builder who helped build the original 52 of them. This one has the titanium scope rail and barrel lug.
I'm very pleased with his work. I esp. like how the bedding was dyed to match the stock color. If you are not familiar with the XM-3, here's a link:
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Can you break down the parts list? I'm especially interested in the bottom metal
 

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This post almost slipped through the cracks and me not seeing it. NICE RIFLE! Glad I just went back and cruised old posts.
 

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I finally got the USMC XM-3 clone back from the builder who helped build the original 52 of them. This one has the titanium scope rail and barrel lug.
I'm very pleased with his work. I esp. like how the bedding was dyed to match the stock color. If you are not familiar with the XM-3, here's a link:
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Any leads on another titanium scope rail? I'm building an XM3 as well. I already have the muzzle device, and the m4 bottom metal and a badger EFR may snag a CMP EFR if I can find one.
 

RemCustom6

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I would be in for a Colorado Micro Precision mount if anyone has one?
 

Baer45

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Very Nice Rifle....
‘Actually 53 were made By IBA and Col. Norm Chandlier. I bought number 53 from him at a gun show in Richmond, Va! I had no idea of its value today. I would never sell it as it’s the closest I can get to my Marine Corp memories of 45 years ago...where has time gone? Hathcock and Chandler were Household names...
 

Xcount

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Nice rifle.

I am curious why these were built without a magazine. I think these were built after the M40A3 so why the change?

Thanks for any insights.
 

Trigger Monkey

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They were built for a DARPA program by Iron Brigade Armory so its design elements were predicated upon IBA's own feelings on things. Among them was that a DBM system was unwarranted because a sniper should only be taking 1 or 2 shots anyway. It also came with a SFP scope at a time when we were beginning to see a shift to FFP optics.
 

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All the XM-3's I saw in Fallujah in 2007 had the SB 3-12 swapped in place of the NF. I often wonder if that's why we see mismatched paint on a lot of the XM-3's coming out of CMP.

"IBA's own feelings on things" = Norm Chandler's ego.

If the XM-3 had been " all that, and a bag of chips," the Marine Corps would've started building them on their own.
 

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I think the XM-3 definitely opened eyes to the benefits, and lack of drawback, of a shorter barrel.

But, there were folding chassis with detach mags, and forward NV bridges available at the time. With that in mind, the XM-3 was almost a step backward, in my opinion. The only thing it offered over the M40A3 of the time was the short barrel and suppressor. I think the Corps realized that, made the move toward the A5, and eventually started to look for a chassis, all instead of buying Chandler's magic, 1000yd capable, $20k short-rifle.
 

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The manual states 16 pounds for "day time operations" (complete with suppressor, ammo, bipod and sling).
For "night operations" it listed 18 pounds (I presume 2 lbs added for AV/PVS-22). Attached is the image of the 18 lb configuration.
Thanks mate, much appreciated