Remington Defense has the contract for the new XM2010 sniper rifle replacing the venerable M24. And they came up with a very clever idea. The M2010s are being built from the old M24s, in part, but a lot of parts are going to be left over: the 2010 is a .300WM, detachable magazine, chassis-and-rails-stocked system. So, anticipating a warehouse full of M24 parts, Remington did a dope deal with the DOD: they are going to give Uncle Sam a better price, if they can form the leftover M24 parts into rebuilt M24s for, primarily, the ex-sniper market. Uncle has signed off, and so Remington will take the bulk of an M24, add a new action, 5R-rifled barrel, and other parts as necessary, and sell the weapons off. Complete with whatever war paint military snipers put on the parts; Remington warns that the colors may not match real well, and buyers don’t get their choice.
You can find out how to participate on their web site.
The site says: “Initially, sales will only be offered to military or former military personnel holding a sniper school diploma. Check back to this page for updates on expanded eligibility.”
Throughout 2012 they’ll be metered out in priority order to:
1. School-trained snipers, serving and former.
2. Other service members active and reserve components.
3. Retired soldiers.
4. Federal agents
5. State and local Law Enforcement.
The price of the package is $3,500 (it may change, as original serviceable parts are depleted). That may sound like a lot of money, but for a proven sniper system with the M24 pedigree, it’s nothing. I expect that collectors will be trying to put the arm on snipers to buy these, and then make safe queens out of them. That’s the way the free market rolls.
Friends of ours were involved with the development of the M24 and the Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SOTIC) that taught how to exploit it and its mil-dot scope. (SOTIC has been replaced by the Special Forces Sniper Course, SFSC).
Everybody on an SF team has at least some cross-training and trigger time on the M24, but the weapons were assigned to individuals — usually, but not always, 18Bs — and stored zeroed and ready to go. (Conversely, there was a tendency for your M4 or M16 to change and have to zero your optics or sights anew from time to time).
Update: Remington has described what’s in these systems in some detail.
Each M24-R will feature a brand new M24 receiver, M24 24” 5R barrel, M24 fire control and possibly several additional new parts, as necessary to make the weapon safe and functional. The remainder of the weapon is primarily comprised of returned US Army M24 components to include the optics base, rings, optics, iron sights, deployment kit, sling, bipod and hard cases. Some of these parts may be new if sold as a complete system; however some components may not be present if not available. Serviceable system components will be used as returned from the Army, many of them painted by snipers. No special selections on paint schemes will be offered.
The M24Rs will include the Leupold scope with its laser-engraved mil-dot reticle. No word yet whether any of them will be the 10×42 Ultra M3A that SF originally specified for the system in 1988. Ten years later, the Army cheaped out and changed to the 10X40 Mark IV, a quality scope but not in the M3A’s class. The M24R does not include the M144 spotting scope that is a component of the GI system. The first few M-24Rs may also include a soft drag bag as well as the Hardigg hard case (not the same case we had in Group, we had a deep Pelican). For someone needing a 7.62mm precision rifle, or a collector seeking the ultimate GWOT trophy, this is a heck of a deal. (The Army and LE agencies pay about $9k for this system new).
More on this as it develops. Now that we’ve blogged it, we can ethically place an order…
Hat tip: Army Times.