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USMC Vietnam-era Winchester M70 Sniper Rifle Raffle


The ORIGINAL 13th Annual 0317 Day Rifle Raffle

is presented by

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This amazing rifle completed the build process in November 2021.

It was built and test-fired by US Marine MOS 2112 Precision Weapons Repairman, Staff Sergeant Jake Meyers.

The rifle is now being held by a brother Scout Sniper at Sinner Mass Fabrications in San Antonio, Texas.

If you’re ever in town, stop by and see the gun as well as Luke’s new shop!


Description of Prize Rifle

  • Action – Winchester Model 70 (circa 1942) bolt action

  • Caliber – .30-06 Springfield

  • Barrel – Douglas heavy-contour match barrel

  • Stock – Marksman style target stock with foregrip mounting rail

  • Optics – Unertl 8X target scope with wire crosshairs

  • All components except the action are ORIGINAL take-off parts that came from actual USMC M70 sniper rifles used in Vietnam

  • The action is a period-correct, vintage 1942 action well within the USMC serial number range.

  • The rifle comes with an authentic period-correct gun log just as would have been issued during Vietnam.

  • This rifle was built with pride by Staff Sergeant Jake Meyers USMC, an MOS 2112 Precision Weapon Repairman.

Unique Features

  • Our original “marksman” stock retains the brown Bisonite bedding and surface finish. The bottom of the grip is stamped with the original serial number of the rifle this stock once belonged to. Our rifle serial number is 46064. Carlos Hathcock’s rifle serial number was 46628. So, our rifle is of the same vintage (1942) and is only 564 digits off from the rifle that made Carlos Hathcock famous.
  • The barrel on our rifle is an original Vietnam-era take-off barrel from a USMC Sniper Rifle. The barrel remains just as issued, and has not been refinished. It sports a polished blue finish and has an unknown round-count. Despite the unknown usage of the barrel, it fired a 5-shot 1.5 MOA test group at 300 yards with 1970’s vintage M72 match ammunition.
  • The period-correct receiver is finished in a matte black oxide. These different finishes are consistent with known historical examples still in the Marine Corps inventory.
  • The original USMC Unertl 8X scope is factory roll-marked “USMC SNIPER”. The external elevation and windage adjustment knobs are dark finished. This is unique to the USMC scopes. The civilian versions were left “in the white”.
  • The original gun book contains all the correct entries made by the builder, SSgt Jake Meyers USMC, including documenting the 5-shot test firing.
  • Every component of the rifle came from original USMC M70 Sniper Rifles with the exception of the receiver, bolt and trigger. All saw service in Vietnam. They were collected over the course of a decade by USMC Scout Sniper Association member and prolific military arms collector Ryan Niederman who had them built into a complete rifle before donating it for this raffle. The Unertl scope was donated by a good friend of the Association, Jarret Guill.

      The value of the individual parts of this rifle far exceed that of any typical clone build. Here is a breakdown of the current market value of the original parts:

  •      Original, excellent condition Unertl scope with mounting blocks:  $5,000
  •      Original Douglas match barrel:  $1,500
  •      Original serialized stock with Bisonite bedding:  $2,500
  •      Period-correct action, trigger and bolt assembly:  $1,500+
  •      Build by an actual USMC 2112 armorer, SSgt Jake Meyers, using original take-off parts:  PRICELESS
This rifle could easily be valued at over $10,000!

There are likely only about half a dozen complete, original USMC M70 Sniper Rifles in private hands.


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History of the USMC Winchester M70 Sniper Rifle

        Could you tell (without knowing in advance) which of these was carried in Vietnam by Carlos Hathcock and which is our raffle rifle? It’s ok, no one else could either! We posted the photo above on Facebook as a teaser for the raffle. We posed that very question, and literally NOBODY got it right! But that’s ok, we’re going to provide a bit of the history of both guns so you can be the expert next time the question comes up!

        In 1942, the United States Marine Corps purchased 373 M70 sporter rifles from Winchester. They acquired these for use on the USMC Shooting Teams and for recreational use by service members. The serial numbers from this one-time purchase range from about 41,000 to about 50,000.

         Many of these served as BSS (Base Special Services) rifles, to be checked out for target shooting or hunting by Marines. Others were rebuilt at RTE (Rifle Team Equipment section at Quantico, VA) as competition rifles for the USMC Shooting Teams. A very few of these later became sniper rifles.

         In the mid-1960’s, a small number of rifles were converted into one of two M70 sniper rifle variants. They are often referred to as “converted sporters” and “converted marksman” rifles. The quantities of each are unknown, but it is estimated that maybe a few dozen total were built.

         The version that famous Marine Corps Scout Sniper Carlos Hathcock carried in Vietnam was of the sporter variety. It was modified at RTE with a Winchester medium-heavy factory barrel. The barrel channel was carved out slightly to accommodate the larger diameter barrel, and a Unertl scope was added. The factory trigger was also likely tuned by the 2112 armorers at the RTE shop.

         The second M70 sniper rifle variant was born from the competition rifles of the USMC Shooting Teams. They already had “marksman” stocks with wide beavertail fore ends, traditionally used in competitive marksmanship at the time. The barrel came as a Douglas blank, and was cut and chambered by 2112 Armorers at RTE especially for use on these rifles. The Douglas barrel was slightly longer and greater diameter than the medium-heavy Winchester factory barrels. There are no factory markings on the Douglas barrels. They were stamped by the armorers at RTE with the caliber “.30-06” and a “P” proof mark.

         Both versions of the M70 sniper rifle were issued with Unertl 8X externally adjustable scopes and Unertl mounting blocks. The scopes were factory roll-marked with “USMC SNIPER” and the serial number. Another unique feature of these USMC-issued scopes is the black finish on the elevation and windage knobs, whereas the civilian versions were left “in the white”. The reticles are basic wire crosshairs. All these Unertl scopes were originally purchased during WWII to be used on M1903A1 Marine Corps Sniper Rifles. Those that survived also saw service in the Korean War, and were ultimately placed on these M70 sniper rifles. While most surviving specimens are in museums and certain USMC armories, a few have found their way into the hands of collectors.

         The mounts for both variants of the M70 sniper rifle were Unertl scope blocks. They are placed on the forward part of the receiver and the barrel.

         When these rifles were in use, it was a matter of personal opinion as to which version the snipers preferred. Some appreciated the stability of the wider fore end, while others preferred the compactness of the narrower sporter stock and lighter barrel.

Official Rules and Details

The USMC Scout Sniper Association is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, tax-exempt, Veterans Organization

under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 33-0887131).

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Mission Statement

The USMC Scout Sniper Association (SSA) is the only non-profit membership organization for Marine Scout Snipers in the world.

We exist to support the Scout Sniper community through programs that inspire brotherhood, encourage professionalism, and foster resiliency. Our community is comprised of those who have carried the long gun, those who have enabled our successes on the battlefield, and our families.

The USMC SSA also works and partners with other nonprofit Veterans Organizations to build and support the larger sniper community.

The Prize

The prize for our 13th Annual “0317 Day” Rifle Raffle is a USMC Vietnam-era Winchester M70 Sniper Rifle, built from original take-off components and generously donated by Ryan Niederman and Jarret Guill. It is being raffled to raise funds for USMC SSA’s charitable programs and activities that serve both our USMC SSA Members in need of assistance as well as other wounded, ill, and injured snipers and their families.

Retail Value of Prize

This Vietnam-era M70 Sniper Rifle prize package has an estimated value at auction of around $10,000.00. Winner may be subject to Federal Firearms License transfer fees.

How to Buy Tickets (ticket sales limited to 20,000 tickets)

The only place to purchase tickets is online at the SSA’s website. You may find ticket options above.

Tickets are set up to be easily purchased in groups of 1, 3, 8, or 15. You may purchase tickets in any combination of groups as you would like.

Ticket Sales will end at Midnight (ET) on March 16, 2022.

The Drawing

The winning ticket will be drawn on Sunday, 17 March 2022 with specific time, location, and other details to be announced in the near future. Individuals who purchase tickets NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN.

Winner Eligibility and Associated Legal Notices

Winner must be a U.S. Citizen, at least 18 years old, and legally eligible to possess and own this firearm under Federal, State, and Local laws.

This raffle is open to the Public as well as Members of the USMC Scout Sniper Association and their families.

The use, sale, re-export, delivery or re-transfer, directly or indirectly, of this rifle and attachments is subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with applicable U.S. Firearms Laws and Regulations, and also Export Control Regulations.

All taxes and fees associated with the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

Winners will be notified directly by the USMC SSA. The winning ticket will be announced on our website and social media platforms.

Once the winner’s identity, citizenship, and eligibility is confirmed, the USMC SSA will put the winner in touch with the FFL currently holding the rifle on behalf of the USMC SSA in order to arrange the transfer in accordance with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) regulations and other applicable statutes and regulations.

For More Information

If you have any questions about this raffle, send an email to

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Frequently Asked Questions

The winning ticket will be drawn on Thursday, March 17, 2022 with time, location, and other details to be announced in the near future. Individuals who purchase tickets NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN.

Ticket Sales will end at Midnight (ET) on March 16, 2022.

The only place to purchase tickets is online on this website.

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