Mar 9, 2011

XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle (ESR)

The XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle is a rebuilt M24 in .300 Winchester Magnum.  It is mounted in the new Remington Arms Chassis System (RACS).  The RACS has a folding stock with adjustment for length of pull and cheek piece.  It also features a monolithic receiver with full length rail on top and optional mounts for the sides and bottom and includes a 5-round detachable magazine.   The XM2010 is fitted with a Leupold 6.5-20x 50mm scope.  It's intended for use in Afghanistan at extended ranges of 1,200-1,400 meters to counter the Taliban's snipers on what the Army calls the "ridgeline-to-ridgeline" fight.  As of December 2010 the Army has ordered 250 units.  A civilian version should be available in as the Remington MSR.

From PEO Soldier:

 The Army recently awarded a contract that will result in the near-term fielding of 250 XM2010
Enhanced Sniper Rifle (ESR) weapon systems chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum
(Win Mag) ammunition. The new chambering significantly extends the weapon’s maximum
effective range over existing 7.62mm sniper weapons. The Army expects to begin fielding the
upgraded weapons to deployed U.S. Army Snipers by the end of 2010. 

The XM2010 is distinguished by its advanced design and represents a quantum upgrade
over the M24. 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 ESR is equipped with a Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20x50mm scope. The variable power scope
includes a first focal plane reticle so when the user dials in, the reticle pattern scales with the
zoom enabling the sniper to estimate range at any power setting. The scope also employs a
reticle pattern that facilitates faster and more accurate range estimation and utilizes mil turret
adjustments to eliminate MOA to mil conversion. The targeting stadia reticle allows for simulta-
neous elevation and windage holds that eliminate the need to dial in adjustments.
Upgraded weapon features:

•     Bolt action rifle chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum ammunition to increase the
       effective range
•     5-round box magazine to make the system easier to load and reload
•     Rail endowed chassis and free floating barrel that allow for easier mounting of weapon
       accessories and greater accuracy
•     Folding and adjustable stock that includes comb and length-of-pull adjustments
•     Leupold  Mark 4 6.5-20x50mm Extended Range /Tactical riflescope fielded with the AN/
      PVS-29 Clip-on Sniper Night Sight
•     Quick attach/detach suppressor to reduce audible and visible signature with an available
      thermal sleeve that reduces mirage effect on heated suppressors

The XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle (ESR) provides extended range capability and incorporates the latest in weapons technology for the Army Sniper.

Program Status
Army awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to meet urgent HQDA directed requirement.  Program is currently being reviewed for Type Classification Limited Procurement and Urgent Material Release approvals.

“The XM2010 had pinpoint precision. We were able to achieve shots well within the weapon’s capabilities both during limited visibility and during the day. The optics were clear and easy to use and the ergonomics of the weapon made it very comfortable to shoot.”

SFC Robert Roof NCOIC/Chief Instructor
U.S. Army Sniper School


•    Caliber: .300 Winchester Magnum

•    Weight: –17.5 pounds (combat ready without suppressor)
                   –18.7 pounds (combat ready with suppressor)

•    Length: –44.7 inches (without suppressor)
                   –52.2 inches (with suppressor)

•    Magazine: 5 rounds

•    Muzzle velocity: 2,985 feet per second

•    Optics:  Day - 6.5-20x50mm with advanced scalable ranging and targeting reticle
                   Night - AN/PVS-29 Clip-on Sniper Night Sight

•    Operation: Bolt action

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