On the 15th of January 2009, the Army issued Request for proposal (RFP) to the firearm industry for rapid Reconfiguration of the M24E1. Requirements for the solicitation were developed by a collaboration of efforts from the warfighter, the Soldier Requirements Division, engineers at the ARDEC Picatinny Arsenal.
Several companies competed for the contract.
Remington Outdoor Company,
All competitors were required to submit at least 4-bid samples, at no cost to the Army, for an extensive test evaluation at the Aberdeen Test Center during the Spring and Summer of 2009.
Remington’s XM2010 design was unique and unmatched by the other competitors. They won the contract for 250-units on 18 September 2009. Remington rapidly vamped up the manufacturing process and sent the FAT units through further inspections at the individual level. During the First Article Testing (FAT) stage of the M24 reconfiguration project, a simple instruction manual was printed off the Xerox machine, stapled together.
One manual (figure-1 above) documents a handwritten note from a sniper school instructor conducting individual testing on the weapon at the US Army Sniper School facility. The note suggests adding a heat shield to the suppressor to reduce a heat induced mirage. He states that after 21-rounds, one round every 30-seconds, the heat from suppressor caused a mirage to appear in the scope. Upon adding a heat shield to the components of the system, seen installed on the suppressor in the figure-2 below, Remington quickly produced 250-units, and the Army deployed two Fielding Teams to deliver the systems to deployed sniper units in Afghanistan.
The reconfigured design of the M24 required so many changes, from that of the pre-existing system, that the new system would warrant an entirely new nomenclature. After successful testing at the Aberdeen Test Center, the Army saw enough significant changes to the “M24” that it was designated to the “XM2010 in October 2010.
Four months later my sniper section receives three of the first 69 issued XM2010 sniper rifles for field testing in Bagram Air Force Base (BAF). We are in a position to utilize these rifle for their intended purpose, and we have been outfitted with a CSM and Sniper section leader that is qualified to plan mission that will position us in places that will put their design considerations to the test.
The package included the PVS-29 night vision device, an Advanced Armament Titan-QD Suppressor with heat shield, and the Leopold Mark-V LR/T 6.5-20x50mm Optic with the new Horus vision reticle. They were sent in a small shipping container about the size of a refrigerator. It was, without a doubt, not your typical ‘standard issue’ delivery of gear. This special delivery came with a condensed two day familiarization class that covered basic operation of the rifle, primarily for the new Horus Vision Reticle, and one day at the range to assist in zero confirmation, adjusting length of pull, and comb height.
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The case contents included the rifle fixed with a Leopold Mark IV 6.5-20x scope and H-58 Horus Vision reticle, Nights Armament Titan suppressor, PVS-29 night vision, (*) sling, key-hole maintenance kit, and a cleaning kit.