It was dark. There was no light switch, no lamp, there wasn’t even electricity, unless you were lucky enough to find a line that ran off the generator at the TAC 200-ft away. There was no sign of the civilized life anywhere. We, the… Continue Reading “Out of Reach”
I spent the first four months of a 12-month deployment armed with two sniper rifles; the M24 and the M110. My 10th Mountain Division sniper section was deployed to RC East, Logar, Afghanistan where we would experience the crippling inability of performing the job… Continue Reading “Prelude – xm2010”
The Army was in pursuit of a long-term solution for improving the sniper weapon system since the late 1980s, but as complaints continued to rattle the Department of the Army from high ranking Army officials, the plan for a short-term solution was initiated. The intent was focused on fielding deployed sniper units… Continue Reading “Acquisition Overview- xm2010”
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. Accuracy… Continue Reading “Development Overview – xm2010”
The unfamiliar sound was shrapnel from the bomb itself landing all around us. It lasted for what seemed like forever, but in reality about 30-seconds, for all the debris to fall out of the sky. I was anticipating body parts to fall as well but only steel and rock peppered the area.
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