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May 24th, 2009
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NCIS - Marine Bravo-51 Sniper Rifle "Kate" Mythology
On my TV Blog, I actually get a couple of inquires every month, and lots of traffic from people Googling about the Marine Bravo-51, which was used to kill NCIS Special Agent Caitlin "Kate" Todd (portrayed by Sasha Alexander) at the end of season 2 (continuing into the season 3 premier episodes) of the popular CBS drama NCIS (of which, I'm a fan).
Tac-Ops Bravo-51 Remington 700M Sniper Rifle NCIS Kate Sniper Central Myth
Photo, courtesy of Jakub of imfdb.org
The genuine Bravo-51 is a Remington M700 tactical bolt-action rifle, expertly customized by Tactical Operations Inc. (Tac-Ops), in California. It's one of a series of duty-specific rifles (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc.) by Tac-Ops, popular among military, police, Coast Guard, hunters, survivalists, and more.

The Bravo-51 is most-often chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO (.308 Winchester), with a reasonably flat trajectory for engaging within 300 ~ 700 meters (in my opinion), and a short case designed for reliable feeding in a short action. .300 Winchester Magnum variants are also available. They're outfitted with match grade heavy barrels (457mm, 508mm, 559mm, or 610mm) and threaded for a suppressor, in a fiberglass McHale stock with aluminum pillars, Harris bipod, scope mounts / Picatinny rail, and sling.

Most just refer to it as Bravo-51, if anything at all. From the Marine friends I've asked, they hadn't ever seen one deployed, but apparently Sniper Platoons were trained in their use. It seemed to be more associated with the Army, within which I (regrettably) haven't yet any friends to ask. NCIS writers seem to have employed a little artistic license, and tenuously basing the "Kate" mythology on a US Army National Guard sharpshooter who runs the Sniper Central webpage. When he served, he was issued an Army M24 SWS, he had named Kate (pic) - a common tradition. After serving, he ordered himself a Spec-Ops Bravo-51, which he dubbed Kate II - presumably to honor his original M24, Kate, with which his Bravo-51 shares many similarities. Besides this, I'm not aware of any other connections to the Bravo-51 rifle, and the nickname Kate.

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Date:May 25th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Cross-posted on my TV Blog.
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Date:May 28th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
actually that was the end of season two
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Date:May 28th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
Nice catch! I was thinking "end of season 2, beginning of season 3," but must have somehow bunged it up in editing.
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