The Army officially announced yesterday it has signed on with Remington Arms to upgrade at least 250 of their aging M24 bolt-action sniper rifles into a new configuration dubbed — weirdly — the XM2010.
We actually heard the rifle will officially now be known as the M24E1, but leave it to the Army to go all “XM” on us.
As was reported by our sister site Kit Up! last week, the upgrade sure as heck looks like a new rifle, with rails, new buttstock, trigger group and, oh yeah, new caliber.
The award will result in the near-term fielding of 250 XM2010 weapon systems, which will be chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum cartridges. The new chambering significantly extends the weapon’s maximum effective range. It’s expected the Army will field the upgraded weapons to deployed Army snipers by the end of December.
The upgraded weapon features a five-round box magazine to make the system easier to load and reload, with the additional option to change out ammunition quickly. The system is also equipped with a rail-endowed chassis and free floating barrel that allows for easier mounting of weapon accessories and greater accuracy.
Locked on to that new rail, the XM2010 sports a Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20x50mm extended range/tactical riflescope with advanced scalable ranging and targeting reticle. The system is also fielded with the AN/PVS-29 clip-on sniper night sight. And the system’s included quick-attach suppressor reduces audible and visible signature with an available thermal sleeve that reduces the mirage effect on heated suppressors.
The contract could go as high as 3,600 rifles, but this is a major break from the 308/7.62 mafia and into the arms of the .300 WinMag cabal. At the end of the day, though, the caliber is only as good as the shooter who throws it, right?