In 2010, a new era came into existence in weapons technology with the arrival of Remington’s M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle. It is not just a basic sniper rifle system because it consists of one enhanced sniper rifle chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum for extended effective range and targeting penetration capabilities. It was previously known as the XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle and a major upgrade version of the M24E1 Sniper Weapon System. It can be differentiated from other sniper rifles for its advanced design, incorporating field effectiveness and target penetration facilities. The US Army mainly fields this modern and sniper rifle with its incorporated amenities. The M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle is specially designed and developed to sustain in the harsh environment of the modern battlefield using state of the art technology, corrosion-resistant materials and advanced manufacturing procedures.
History of the M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle
The M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle is currently fielded by PEO Soldier, a procurement vehicle for the United States Army as a whole. The US Army snipers have been using this modern weapon in combat in Afghanistan since March 2011. This sniper rifle was developed and designed by the well-known American company Remington Arms containing the facilities of a comprehensive fruitful range, deterioration-resistant materials and target penetration potentialities while maintaining the reasonable weight of the gun. It is a significant advance and modified version of the M24 rifle. The entire design and specifications of this weapon are derived from M24 Sniper Weapon System, and it replaced the existing M24s. The production contract was given to Remington Arms after competitive bidding, and it was ordered to procure up to 3,600 weapons based on feedback and results from troops. As part of the material urgency, the Army had fielded more than 1,400 systems by September 2012. The M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle attained Type Classification-Standard in July 2013. It later became available via a Full Material Release in September 2013. This weapon has been in service from 2011 to the present day.
Key Specifications of the M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle
The M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle has some fundamental characteristics that distinguish it from other sniper rifles. It is unique and exceptional in the sense that it replaced the M24 Sniper Weapon System. It is a manually operated, rotary bolt, magazine-fed, air-cooled, shoulder-fired action rifle which utilizes 300 Winchester Magnum ammunition. It is a direct line of sight and soldier portable weapon. This sniper rifle provides snipers with the ability to shoot accurately up to 1,200 meters using match grade ammunition. The M2010 uses the M24 700 action and provides 1 MOA accuracy. It is supposed that this other effective range assists snipers in engagements in mountain and desert terrain in which the Afghanistan war is fought. The weight, length and barrel length are respectively 12.1 lb, 46.5 in and 24 in. 5-round removable box is the feed system of this weapon. According to PEO Soldier, “The XM2010 has Military Standard (MIL-STD) 1913 accessory rails that mount a Leupold 6.5-20x50mm variable power day optic scope with advanced, scalable H-58 ranging and targeting reticle.”
A full range of shooter preferences can be accommodated with this sniper rifle. Besides, it has the folding facilities that ensure smooth and flexible transportation while engaging in operations. For adjusting the length of the pull and checking height and capturing the bolt handle when folded, it has the unique aspects of the new Remington Arms Chassis System with folding capacity. This facilitates for easy transportation of the weapon and also paves the way for physical requirements of the shooter. A large rail with detachable rail pieces, cable routing guides that maximize rail insert space, co-align electro-optics and managed electric cables are the additional chassis facilities of this nifty weapon. The M2010 Sniper Rifle has incredible five six-round separable box magazines, sound suppressor, adaptable bipod, sling, a rifle transportable case, drag bag, operator’s guidebook, development kit and cleaning kit. It also includes advanced corrosion resistant coatings that ensure durability and increase barrel life. Moreover, the shooters can use the highly remarkable AN/PVS -29 Clip-on Sniper Night Sight for nighttime operations.
M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle Layout, Comparison and Cost
The key features of the M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle are fundamentally different from that of 7.62×51 mm NATO chambered M24 Sniper Weapon System. It is a modified version of M24. The M2010 ESR exceeded the range of the M24. But the only common part between the two rifles is the receiver. The M24 rifle was originally built using Magnum-sized Remington Model 700 actions. But everything else is a modified version including stocks, barrels, magazines, optics and sound suppressor. This rifle provides the snipers exact fire up to 1200-1300 meters and facilitates the accuracy of 1 MOA which could not be possible previously. Besides, in mountainous areas there is no substitute to this sniper rifle. The accuracy, power and overall capabilities make this weapon unique and different from others.
This modern combat weapon has been in service with the US Army since 2011. The opening bids start at $17,000 with other shops pricing them at $18,000. The optics and the can alone are worth about $4,000. Initially, the sales are offered to the US Army but it is not clear so far whether this weapon will be sold to the general public or not.
M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle Precision Testing
A smart scope for precision testing was integrated onto M2010 sniper rifles by the company TrackingPoint in March 2014. This smart scope includes a computerized scope for targeting, gathering and compensating for the external factors and a special modified trigger that does not pull until there is absolute certainty the round will reach its target. The market price of TrackingPoint falls between the range of $22,000 and $27,000. This system can be used for taking shots at longer ranges, while not replacing sniping skills.
Argument for the M2010
The concept, layout and overall specifications of M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle are very exciting and captivating for weapon lovers. It is worth viewing as the US Army is still using this modern combat weapon. The M2010 is an evolutionary leap in precision engagement capability and survivability. It is worth noticing for its amazing and fascinating pinpoint accuracy and other amenities as well. Though the budget of this smart weapon is to some extent extravagant for everyday gun enthusiasts, it is perfectly sound and worth experiencing in mountain areas and desert terrain. The extended effective range, pinpoint precision and other intriguing facilities make this weapon extraordinary and worth its while. It is still being used all over the world by US Military forces, making life easier for the user and much deadlier for whoever is in the crosshairs. The old days of the M24 have sunk into oblivion with the arrival of the M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle, and it is worth experiencing for its distinctive features.
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