The Dakkar from NEMO: A Sniper’s Dream Realized

NEMO is a name synonymous with innovation. They made a splash as being one of the first to market with magnum caliber AR-pattern rifles. After that, they developed and sold the lightest recoiling semi-auto rifle in the .308/6.5 Creedmoor class.

This year, they have set their sights on something completely different. Just unveiled at the 2018 NRAAM, the NEMO Dakkar bolt action!

How do you go from top-of-the-line semi-autos to top-of-the-line bolt actions? You team up with experts from that realm.

NEMO already had a mastery of barrels in-house, as a recent XO in 6.5 CM caliber will attest. Spoiler alert: My test model turned in a .4 MOA 5-round group, and a .3 MOA group at 950 meters. So that part was handled.

How about all the things that make a bolt action great besides accuracy?

Fortunately for all of us in the Potato State, the Boise Valley is littered with firearms-related businesses. One of those companies is Kinetic Research Group (KRG), best known for making world-class aftermarket chassis systems for bolt action rifles.

KRG isn’t a group of Harvard MBAs that decided to sell widgets. They are a group of former Special Forces snipers that understood there was a better way. In addition to their real-world experience, they routinely send out test items to snipers still on active duty for input, which gives them reach into the brain trust of current combat lessons learned.

NEMO decided to team with KRG for the Dakkar and the result is spectacular. The chassis looks like something out of the space age and it contains all the features a growing boy needs. From the tool-less barrel change to the carbon fiber forend, innovation is the name of the game.

The Dakkar is like nothing else and this is one you are going to need to hold to believe. Currently available in 6.5 Creedmore and 308, this one is going to make some waves.  MSRP: $8,600.

Dakkar Specs

  • Caliber: 6.5 CM 1:8 twist
  • Action: 3 lug, 60 degree throw, AR style extractor, plunger ejector, side bolt release
  • Barrel: Premium tool-less changeable barrels from top shelf brands like Krieger and Bartlein
  • Barrel Length:  22″
  • Full Length: ~45” longest barrel/longest LOP to ~32” shortest barrel/folded
  • Muzzle:  Threaded 5/8-24 ready for suppressor
  • Bolt Knob: Round ergonomic style
  • Stock:  Folds to either left or right; Fully tool-less adjustable for: length-of-pull, buttpad height and cant, cheekpiece height plus lateral and fore/ aft adjustment, plus forend removal; Two grip sizes included
  • Weight:~9-10 lbs
  • Trigger: Two stage; adjustable for 1st and 2nd stage pull weigh and overtravel without removing from rifle
  • Magazine:  AICS pattern 5 or 10rd
  • Other Features:  Carbon fiber forend, multiple sling mount points, built in barrier stop, superior recoil pad, ambidextrous ergonomics, tight lockup of folding mechanism
  • Finish/Color: to be determined

Somehow NEMO still found time to take care of their AR fanbase as well.  Also debuted at the show was the Battle-Light in 224 Valkyrie. Valkyrie is rapidly becoming the story of the year and given NEMO’s reputation for accuracy, we have a surefire winner on our hands with this one.

The Battle-Light opts for a 20-inch barrel, which has proven to be the sweet spot on Valkyrie. If you have been waiting on your 224, now is the time.  MSRP: TBA.

Battle-Light Specs

  • NEMO upper and lower receiver set Billet 7076-T6 Cerakote Sniper Green
  • 15” 6061 M-LOK modular rail 1.83” Internal Diameter steel QD mounts rotation limited
  • Lightweight heat dissipating barrel nut 7075-T6
  • 7075-T6 6 position “Mil-Spec” carbine receiver extension
  • Carbine buffer and spring
  • 20” 1:7 twist 416R Stainless .224 Valkyrie chamber Cerakote Black finish
  • NEMO dual chamber Titanium compact muzzle brake
  • Pinned low profile gas block
  • Stainless gas tube Mid-Length gas system
  • Carrier 8620 heat treated Nickel Boron coated
  • 9310 Bolt heat treated Cryo’d shot peened MPI Nickel Boron coated
  • Titanium through drilled takedown and pivot pins
  • Ambidextrous safety selector
  • Ambidextrous charging handle 7075-T6
  • Ambidextrous magazine release
  • Mil-Spec forward assist
  • CMC flat bow 3.5 pound pull trigger
  • MAGPUL MIAD grip
  • MAGPUL CTR Mil-Spec diameter carbine stock
  • PRI MAG 10 round
  • Overall length (40 “) Weight unloaded (7 lb)

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website,

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  • Mike November 29, 2018, 4:02 am


  • Kole May 14, 2018, 6:34 pm

    So Bob. If you had to really choose between the old played out 7.62×51 147 grain NATO what sniper’s use compared to a 143 grain 6.5 . You would still choose the NATO. Fucking dumb. I’m really starting to get sick of these over old school guys that keep saying that the 7.62 is better. Just because you guys are completely unwilling to try something new. The two rounds will work almost identical inside 500 meters after that you should put the 7.62 away. The 6.5 has just about the same muzzle velocity ass a 300 wm at a 1000. The 6.5 can fill the gap between the 300 and the 7.62. As far as you die hard guys go , have at it . You guys probably went out and bought 6000 7.62 rounds thinking jade helm was actually happening, again fucking dumb. Look if the round can take down elk, moose and just about everything except an elephant in Africa it is definitely a good sniper rifle round. So is the 260! The 6.5 creedmoor is a more accurate, faster and harder hitting round than the 7.62×51 period. I know you guys always want to say you can put a 200 grain 308 in this conversation but we are talking sniper not competition or hunting deer at 200 yards. So quit being a bunch of old dick heads in the peanut gallery platoon. Every single week I read these articles and every single time you guy’s do nothing but bash products and or the way that Clay writes his articles. The 7.62 will always be a great round but it can’t hang with a 6.5 with comparable bullet weight passed 500 meters. I personally shoot a 308 with 175 grain, a 6.5 with the 143 grain and 300 wm at 200 grain. Bottom line the 7.62 or 308 would be my last choice. Besides the 6.5 being a faster round means it will penetrate body armor easier. So if you guys don’t want an open mind then stay with your prized 308 or 7.62 it has proven to be a good round at a very limited range, but don’t knock the creedmoor for completely being a better round. Most of all you ass holes in the peanut gallery shut the fuck up, you joke’s do more harm than good in the shooting community. We are lucky to have guns America and weekly you punks try and ruin it with your shitty biased attitudes. And Bob by no means was this a personal attack on you. Just try to be a little more open minded to technology and advances in the shooting world . No matter if it’s a sniper, match or hunting rifle .

  • Bob May 14, 2018, 8:53 am

    The 6.5 Creedmoor is NOT A SNIPERS DREAM…. and NEVER will be!!!

  • Dave May 14, 2018, 5:52 am

    How serious could they be with a rifle in 224Val???? Not Very.

    • Nick May 14, 2018, 8:59 am

      Good job at failing to read the article. The Dakkar is offered in .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor. The .224 Valkyrie rifle is a completely different gun, the Battlelight, which is an AR, and not a bolt-action.

      • Zupglick May 14, 2018, 12:36 pm

        The Dakkar would be interesting in .338. The Battlelight is still just another “Barbie gun”.

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