Apr 7, 2011

U.S. Army M24 Sniper Rifle Upgrades

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Podcast of the M24 Sniper Rifle Upgrade, the XM2010. It was broadcast last year and it details the upgrades to it.  By Major Elliot Caggins and Bob Galeazzi of PEO Soldier.

XM2010 program recap:

*  Upgrade caliber from 7.62 x 51mm NATO to .300 Winchester Magnum to extend the M24 maximum effective range

*  Detachable box magazine for quicker reloads

*  A rail endowed chassis for additional optics and accessories

*  An ergonomic adjustable stock

*  A variable scope, previous scope was a fixed 10x.  Mil-Dot is out for Mils for hold-offs or offsets to engage targets quicker without adjusting the scope

*  Suppression capable for better concealment and survivability

The benefits of this upgrade is obvious because it'll be quick to field and ultimately the new sniper rifle system will be a testbed for new technology that is more effective.  This upgrade will add at least 10-years to the M24 sniper rifle.  (see XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle (ESR) for more info).


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