The facility has a display of the sniper rifles it has built throughout the years.
The unit isn’t flush with CNC machines, but it has just enough to get the job done.
Parts are often designed and then produced at the USMC Precision Weapons Section.
After being trained and serving with a unit for a tour, the Marine machinists often come back, bringing with them a knowledge of what works, and what doesn’t. New designs are often the product of experience in the field.
Production Chief and Chief Instructor M/SGT Daniel J. Hanus shows one of the first things Marines will fabricate after joining the unit—a firing pin removal tool for a Remington 700.
It may have been lunch time during our visit, but at least one Marine refused to give up on this rifle.
You might think everything being used in the Section is the latest and greatest. This machine may have some obvious mileage, but it’s still being run regularly.
The Marines take great pride in what they’re doing and the systems they create and maintain for those deployed in harm’s way.
A log accompanies every gun, no matter where it goes. In it, shooters keep a detailed round count that tells the armorers when it’s time for an overhaul.
There may be plenty of digital gauges available, but the Marines measure trigger pull the old-fashioned way.
The “student” Marines are taught maintenance and repair on all small arms. By doing so, they can take care of everything encountered in the field.
The finishes are also applied to the guns at the USMC Precision Weapons Section on Quantico. You probably don’t want to take your lunch break in here.
There’s a whole lot of testing going on, so ear protection is always nearby….but camo?
Once a Marine enrolls, which they can’t do until they’ve signed up for at least a second hitch, they’re turned into a precision machinst the old-school way.
The engraving machine doesn’t see much use….but it’s there if something special needs to be added to a handgun.
It’s pretty obvious when you’re leaving the long-arm maintenance section and heading into the pistol unit.
There were quite a few handguns in for repair during the tour.
The facility isn’t overcrowded, but there’s enough gear in here to make any gunsmith jealous.
Production Chief and Chief Instructor M/SGT Daniel J. Hanus is seen here with one of the precision rifles back in for maintenance.
We never got to see any national secrets during our tour behind the facility’s barbed wire, although we were asked to delete certain photos.