The M40 is a bolt-action sniper rifle designed in the mid-1960s by U.S. Marines who were modifying Remington 700s during the Vietnam War. It fires the 7.62x51mm NATO rounds at an effective range of up to a maximum of 1000 yards. The M40A5 variant is an modernized variant with a threaded barrel and detachable box magazine currently in use with the United States Marine Corps.
The M40 is issued to USMC and MACV Scout kits on certain maps. It has very high multipliers, a low rate of fire, high recoil, good accuracy and a 6X scope meant for long range engagements. Its high damage can kill an enemy in 2 body shots or a single head shot and its accuracy will make it so it can easily hit a target from 200–250 meters away. Although being difficult to use in close-quarters due to its low rate of fire, the small cross hairs and high damage can prove to be effective when no-scoping and engaging enemies in such situations.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: VietnamEdit
— In-game description
In Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam, the M40 is a weapon issued to the Recon kit. It is the only bolt-action sniper rifle featured in the expansion pack. It is capable of one-hit kills at all ranges in Hardcore mode, even without Magnum Ammunition, due to its minimum damage being 70. It is equipped with a 6x scope by default, but it can equip a 12X High Power Scope instead if the player chooses said specialization.
On the left side of the rifle, one can see that it says "Hell Sucks!" scratched in.
— Battlelog description
The M40 is a weapon featured in Battlefield 3 and is rather modernized compared to older variants.
During the campaign it is the starting weapon in Night Shift, it is equipped with a IRNV scope, Straight Pull Bolt and a suppressor. It can kill any enemy in one shot no matter what body part the bullet hits. It also has more reserve ammunition than its Multiplayer counterpart.
In Multiplayer the M40A5 is the third sniper rifle unlocked for the Recon Kit. It has a higher rate of fire than any other Bolt-action in-game, but suffers the slowest bullet speed compared to any other bolt-action. This can make it an optimal choice for a close range sniper due to its rate of fire (which increases when Straight Pull Bolt is attached).
Compared to the SV-98, the bullet velocity is slightly lower, but damage is universally higher. The higher damage allows the M40A5's 59 damage to one-shot kill any part of the body in Hardcore whereas the SV-98's 50 damage will only one-shot kill the chest and up.
Battlefield 3: AftershockEdit
The M40A5 appears as one of the four selectable primary weapons in Battlefield 3: Aftershock. The gun holds one round per magazine and its total ammo count is 20 rounds.
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The M40A5 appears in Battlefield 4. Similar to Battlefield 3, it boasts the second fastest rate of fire and the second fastest empty reload of all bolt-action rifles, behind the Scout Elite, but has a smaller magazine capacity and the second lowest muzzle velocity to balance this.
The M40A5 is unlocked for the Recon kit after scoring 3,000 points with sniper rifles. It comes with an 8x Rifle Scope by default. It unlocks the American attachments through kills and the Chinese and Russian attachments through battlepacks.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: VietnamEdit
- The M40's appearance as a magazine fed rifle is very anachronistic, as the only variant of the M40 that uses a box magazine is the M40A5 seen in Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4, which wasn't created until 2009.
- The M40's reload animation in Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam is similar to the M24's in the base game.
- In Battlefield:Bad Company 2: Vietnam, there is text reading "Born to kill" on the left side of the magazine, possibly referring to the 1987 Vietnam War movie "Full Metal Jacket" where the main character Joker had "Born to kill" written on the front of his helmet.
- During the Closed Beta of Battlefield Hardline, the R700 LTR used the M40A5's weapon icon from Battlefield 4 as a placeholder. The R700 received its own icon in the game's full release.
- The M40A5 appears on the Professional Assignment 2 Patch, although it is not available in-game.