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Remington wins $28.8m M24 sniper rifle upgrade contract

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.

  1. Caliber: Rebarreled/rechambered barrel optimized to accommodate Mk248
  2. (DODIC A191) 300 Winchester Magnum ammunition.
  3. MIL-STD-1913 Rail: Replacement of existing weaver rail with a
  4. MIL-STD-1913 rail capable of accommodating both a day optic and in-line,
  5. forward mounted, AN/PVS-26 (NSN 5855-01-538-8121) image intensified
  6. (I2) night vision device.
  7. Stock: Reconfigured with a stock that incorporates a detachable box magazine
  8. adjustable comb and length of pull.
  9. Sound suppressor: Addition of a detachable sound suppressor as well as any
  10. necessary barrel modifications required for sound suppressor interface.
  11. Day optic: Replacement of the existing day optic sight (DOS) and rings
  12. 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.

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