|M392 Designated Marksman Rifle|
Bullpup select-fire battle rifle
|Damage Per Hit||
60 rounds 
~2,600 ft/s (792 m/s) 
Medium to Long
- "The single-shot DMR fits somewhere between the sniper rifle and the battle rifle. It's deadly at range, but a quick trigger finger and careful aim assure that even at medium to short distances it packs a punch."
- — Game Informer
The M392 Designated Marksman Rifle, more formally known as the Designated Marksman Rifle, Caliber 7.62 mm, M392, and commonly known as the DMR, is a select-fire rifle used by the United Nations Space Command.
The M392 Designated Marksman Rifle is an air-cooled, magazine-fed, gas-operated select-fire bullpup rifle that fires 7.62x51mm ammunition. It takes a fifteen round detachable box magazine, similar aesthetically to the BR55. The weapon has a mounted optic capable of 3x magnification, and it possesses a fire selector switch located above the grip of the weapon. The M392 also has a magazine release button which is located directly above the magazine well, behind the trigger. The weapon has two ejection ports, one on the left and right hand sides of the weapon each, so that a left or right-handed shooter can fire the weapon. In-Universe the 7.62x51mm ammunition is interchangeable with ammunition from the MA5 series Assault Rifles and the majority of the UNSC's machine guns.
The M392 DMR's intended battlefield application is similar to that of the BR55 battle rifle, fulfilling a role as the most effective medium-to-long range weapon in the UNSC arsenal. It is intended for experienced operators with proficient skill in shot placement and "controlled firing" since the recoil from multiple shots must be controlled to effectively deliver maximum damage to the target and to ensure that the target is neutralized at the fastest possible rate. Due to the introduction of an expanding reticle, the DMR requires a considerably higher proficiency in controlled firing and precision than the BR55 to attain successive hits (in-game).
In order to deliver hits to a target at medium-to-long ranges, a pause after each shot with the DMR is required to allow the reticle to contract to its smallest possible size. Immediately firing upon reacquisition of target maintains the maximum rate of accurate fire. While at close-to-medium range, it is only necessary to allow the reticle to shrink enough that it is roughly equal to the size of the target before firing again. At extremely close ranges, it is unnecessary to allow the reticle to contract at all, and it is most effective to fire the rifle as fast as possible.
The DMR is an excellent sniping weapon; when taken to vantage points a headshot will slay almost any opponent, and because of its single shot feature the recoil is cut to a minimum, causing aiming to be incredibly simple with this gun. As discussed in Tactics, coupling the DMR with a Plasma Pistol will cause your player to be very complete in terms of weaponry. The DMR is also known to have the range of a Sniper Rifle, allowing for the player to switch to this weapon in cases where both the Sniper Rifle and the DMR are equipped (although it is quite unusual for a player to have two sniping weapons). In contrast with the magnum, the DMR has a higher accuracy rate and larger ammunition capacity at the cost of reduced fire rate. The DMR only requires five shots to down a Spartan-III with full body armour, but the last bullet must be a headshot. Compare this to an Elite, who due to their large body mass are substantially easier targets for the DMR wielders than a Spartan-III, so Elites are a sore thumb sticking out for the DMR at long range. Unlike the sniper rifle, the DMR does not leave a trail of smoke, so it is much easier to conceal your position while using it.
The Designated Marksman Rifle is not without its drawbacks. Due to its semiautomatic fire rate, it is a substandard weapon in close quarters combat. Additionally, each magazine holds only 15 rounds, resulting in frequent reloads during which the user is vulnerable to attack. Finally, ammunition for the DMR is scarce, and the maximum carrying capacity is low at only four reserve magazines, making ammunition consumption a constant worry. A player can compensate for these disadvantages by carrying a close-in combat weapon (preferably with common ammunition), but will still need to watch his ammo meter carefully, especially if he or she favors long-range combat.
- Combine this weapon with a Plasma Pistol and you have a versatile weapons package. The DMR can slay all non-shielded enemies with a headshot (2 for Grunt Ultras and 3, 4, and 7 to Brute Minors, Captains and Chieftains (respectively); this is due to their thick helmets) and the Plasma Pistol will neutralize the shields of Elites allowing you to down them with a headshot from a DMR. The only problem from these weapons is the inability to combat Hunters effectively, and the lack of an effective close range weapon. Another effective combo is the Grenade launcher, as this as the same effect as a plasma pistol if it detonates in close-range. However, if you use the grenade launcher, you can let it bounce of a wall and surprise and finish off upcoming enemies.
- The DMR has exceptional accuracy at ranges where a Sniper Rifle would be most effective. So if you run out of Sniper ammo but still have your DMR, stay in your spot.
- This weapon's semi-automatic functionality is similar to the battle rifle as seen in the 2003 Halo 2 E3 Demo.
- The DMR was first featured in The Art of Halo 3 as a concept design for the Halo 3 Battle Rifle.
- The designation of this weapon as a "Designated Marksman Rifle" indicates that it was designed for use in squad-based combat, and not as a dedicated sniping tool. In the U.S. military, designated marksmen provide long-range support to their platoon. This contrasts with snipers, who operate in small teams and receive more specialized training.
- It only takes five shots to take down a fully shielded Spartan in MJOLNIR armor, provided the last shot is to the head. A skillful marksman can eliminate a shielded enemy with ease. Compared to the M6G Magnum, the DMR has a slower firing rate in exchange for higher accuracy and larger magazine capacity, however it shares the same basic amount of damage.
- The five shot kill ability of the DMR in multiplayer is a 6-shot kill on Elite characters, provided the last shot is to the head, due to their stronger shielding. However, as irritating as the stronger shields may be at close range, the Elite character models are significantly larger than the Spartan-III character models making this actually more effective against Elites at longer range than against Spartan III's
- The DMR has higher accuracy than the Battle Rifle.
- Originally, the DMR had only 12 rounds per magazine. However, sometime after the Halo Reach beta, this was increased to 15 rounds per magazine. Likely so that it is possible to get 3 kills without the need to reload. Or possibly to further distinguish it from the Magnum.
- Subscribing to Bungie Pro will give the subscriber a DMR nameplate.
- Closer inspection of the weapon's fire-select switch shows that it is capable of automatic fire.
- In the game, the DMR incorrectly ejects the casing of the 9.5x40mm round used by the BR55 series, instead of the 7.62x51mm round which it actually fires.
- Although the DMR and the MA37 fire the same 7.62mm round, the MA37 Assault Rifle is significantly weaker. This is probably because the DMR fires rounds at a much higher velocity than the MA37, therefore increasing the amount of damage per hit.
- In the Halo Reach Multiplayer Beta, the background color and numbers of the ammo indicator was green instead of being blue in the final version.
- When the player activates the DMR's scope, a small pointer rotates toward the top of the screen that indicates the zoom factor, the pointer stops at 3x, but there are also marks for 2x and 1x. However, the player cannot use the lower zoom settings in-game.
- The DMR is most likely compatible with the MA37's magazine, and might be used when it is switched to full auto so the magazine wouldn't run out so quickly, as a 15 round magazine would. This may also be in cases where the DMR's fifteen-round magazines cannot be found or brought in.
- In the November 14, 2011 version of the ZB Slayer gametype in Halo: Reach, the bloom effect was neutralized. Also, it made the DMR a 4-shot kill weapon, similar to the Battle Rifle in Halo 2.
- The DMR has been confirmed to be returning in Halo 4, however as another variant.
- The Halo 4 DMR has what appears to be a flash suppressor, which the Halo: Reach DMR does not possess.
- The Halo 4 DMR is called M395 DMR.
- The number '392' is another 7 reference. 3+9+2=14 14=7+7.
- The weapon closely cosmetically resembles a modern day variation of the G3 battle rifle. It features the same bullpup layout and very closely resembles the M392 DMR and fires the same 7.62 ammunition.
List of appearancesEdit
- Halo: Reach (First appearance)
- XBR55 Battle Rifle (Halo: Contact Harvest)
- BR55 Battle Rifle (Halo 2)
- BR55HB SR Battle Rifle (Halo 3)
- BR85HB SR Battle Rifle (Halo 4)
- Type-31 Rifle (Halo: Reach, Covenant equivalent)
- Type-51 Carbine (Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 3: ODST, Covenant equivalent)
- M395 Designated Marksman Rifle (Halo 4)