XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle / M2010 ESR (USA)
XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle
The XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle, which was previously known as M24E1 Reconfigured Sniper Weapon System, is a major upgrade of the M24 Sniper Weapon System currently fielded by US Army. The XM2010 (M2010 if formally adopted) was developed by famous American company Remington Arms, to extend range and target penetration capabilities of army snipers while maintaining reasonable weight of the weapon. The XM2010 rifle is a major rework of the M24 rifle, as the only common part between those weapons is the receiver. This is possible because M24 rifles were originally built using Magnum-sized Remington Model 700 actions, with such conversion in mind. Everything else is new, including new stocks, barrels, magazines, optics and sound suppressor. The XM2010 rifle will deliver accurate fire at ranges of up to 1200-1300 meters using currently issued Mk.248 Mod.1 .300 Winchester Magnum ammunition. Accuracy requirements are set as 1 MOA or less at 200 yards.
Issue of XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifles to US troops operating in Afghanistan is currently scheduled to January, 2011. Current plans call for at least 2 500 rifles.
The XM2010 / M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle is manually operated, rotary bolt action rifle. It uses Remington Model 700 Magnum-size action with frontal locking and 5-round detachable box magazine. New chassis-type stock is made from aluminum and features tubular forend with multiple mounting points for additional Picatinny rails, fully adjustable side-folding shoulder stock and ergonomically shaped pistol grip. The free-floating barrel uses 5R rifling and is threaded at the front to accept quick-detachable sound suppressor (silencer), built by Advanced Armament Co. This suppressor is an integral part of the XM2010 package. The standard optics selected for XM2010 sniper rifle is Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20x50mm ER/T M5 telescope sight. For night-time operations, the AN/PVS-29 Clip-on Sniper Night Sight can be used as well.
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