XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Weapon System replaces the M24
Killer-M | On 06, Jan 2013
The (ESR), formerly known as the M24 Reconfigured Sniper Weapon System, is a sniper rifle developed by PEO Soldier for the United States Army. It is derived from the M24 Sniper Weapon System and is intended to replace existing M24s.
After winning a competitive bidding process, Remington was awarded the production contract. Up to 3,600 weapons will be procured. The Army expects to begin fielding 250 upgraded weapons to deployed U.S. Army Snipers by the end of December 2010. Later project manager for Soldier weapons Colonel Douglas Tamilio said the XM2010 expected fielding will happen in January 2011.
The major configuration change for the XM2010 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 U.S. 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. The general penalties for using bigger, more powerful magnum rifle ammunition compared to smaller, non-magnum standard rifle cartridges are increases in recoil, jump, flash, and barrel wear.