Thursday, April 5, 2012

XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle

| Thursday, April 5, 2012 | 1 comments

The XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle is a sniper rifle developed by PEO Soldier for the U.S. Army, which was previously known as M24E1 Reconfigured Sniper Weapon System. The weapon’s performance has been strong enough to warrant full fielding. The shooter interface can be tailored to accommodate a wide range of shooter preferences and its folding stock provides Soldier flexibility in transporting the weapon during operations. The weapon also incorporates advanced corrosion resistant coatings to ensure longevity. The aluminum, steel, and high impact polymers used in the weapon’s construction are lightweight and rugged.

The major configuration change for the XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle system is the conversion from 7.62x51mm NATO to more powerful .300 Winchester Magnum ammunition to provide approximately 50% additional effective range. This rechambering to dimensionally larger cartridges is possible since the M24 was designed to use the "long-action" version of the Remington 700 receiver. The US Army hopes that the additional effective range helps their snipers in engagements in mountainous and desert terrain in which the War in Afghanistan is fought.

In addition to greater reach, the XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle comes with the Advanced Armament Corp. Titan-QD Fast-Attach suppressor. The 10-inch suppressor eliminates 98 percent of muzzle flash and 60 percent of recoil and reduces sound by 32 decibels, according to AAC, which recently was acquired by Remington. Rails are built into the M1925 chassis. This, and a free-floating barrel, gives it tight accuracy.

Its improved 6.5-20x50 variable-power Leupold scope has an enhanced reticle within the first focal plane. That means the reticle power will scale with the zoom up to 20 power. Snipers will have to make fewer calculations as target distances change. Shooters in the testing phase also found no degradation at night when using the A/N PVS 29 night sight.


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