U.S. Army 2009 solicitation for a M24 reconfiguration
The U.S. Army put out a solicitation in May 2009 for reconfiguring M24 Sniper Weapon Systems currently available in Army inventory consisting of a:
* Rebarreling/rechambering the SWS's barrel optimized to accommodate Mk 248 (DODIC A191) .300 Winchester Magnum ammunition.
* Replacement of existing weaver rails 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.
* Reconfiguring the stock with a stock that incorporates a detachable box magazine, adjustable comb and length of pull.
* Addition of a detachable sound suppressor as well as any necessary barrel modifications required for a sound suppressor interface.
* Replacement of the existing day optic sight (DOS) and rings with an Army specified variable power day optic and compatible rings.
. . . about time they got on the program . . .
The U.S. Sniper's More Accurate, Quieter Rifle
Army Snipers in Afghanistan will receive an improved rifle this fall.
By Roxana Tiron
The M24 (shown here in 2002) is bound for an upgrade that will help it shoot farther, quieter and more accurately. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
For snipers, every war is different. Recognizing the differences between conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is now selecting a contractor to upgrade the 22-year-old Remington bolt-action rifle to become a more effective killing machine. The Army will pour about $5.6 million into upgrades to the M24, with the new gear expected to be delivered to troops by this fall. The M24's barrel is being modified to shoot heavier .300 Winchester Magnum rounds, instead of the 7.62mm NATO ammunition, which should extend the rifle's maximum effective range by hundreds of yards to a maximum of about 1400 yards. The suppressor will reduce the noise and flash of the gun so snipers can stay in their hiding positions much longer after they fire.