Remington has landed a nice contract to upgrade the Army’s M24 sniper rifles. This comes as something of a surprise to me, since the Army recently bought into the concept of the the Knight’s Armament M110 semi-auto sniper rifle system to replace the bolt-action M24.
The reason for the upgrade seems to be told in the upgrade specs, which are based upon the following criteria.
My guess is that specs #1 and #2 plays a significant roll in the upgrade decisions.
- Caliber: Rebarreled/rechambered barrel optimized to accommodate Mk248
- (DODIC A191) 300 Winchester Magnum ammunition.
- MIL-STD-1913 Rail: Replacement of existing weaver rail with a
- MIL-STD-1913 rail capable of accommodating both a day optic and in-line,
- forward mounted, AN/PVS-26 (NSN 5855-01-538-8121) image intensified
- (I2) night vision device.
- Stock: Reconfigured with a stock that incorporates a detachable box magazine
- adjustable comb and length of pull.
- Sound suppressor: Addition of a detachable sound suppressor as well as any
- necessary barrel modifications required for sound suppressor interface.
- Day optic: Replacement of the existing day optic sight (DOS) and rings
- with an Army specified variable power day optic and compatible rings.
The new rifle/cartridge upgrade will have a maximum effective range of 1,500 yards, or almost twice that of the M110, which has a maximum effective range of “just” 875 yards.