As a member of a light infantry sniper team who operated with the XM2010 sniper system, I have long wanted to know the process by which those weapons were placed in our hands while I was deployed to Afghanistan. How did a Scout platoon from the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division begin fielding the Army’s first issue of an experimental sniper weapon system?
What specifically initiated the development of a new sniper system and why? Why was it called the XM2010 and what did the XM mean? What was the weapon’s stage of development when we received it, had it been tested before or were we field testing them for first time? Where we really the first to receive the systems and if so why us? Did we have an impact on the continued fielding of the system? Why did the production stop at 2,500 units? Did we actually have the first confirmed kill and the longest confirmed kill with the weapon system?
By answering these questions and giving firsthand experiences of the weapon system, I will produce a testament of the XM2010’s extreme long-range capabilities with proven verifiable data directly from the battlefield of Afghanistan.
A sniper must be capable of performing with zero tolerance for error. Armed with nothing more than basic combat training, I was a regular Infantryman who joined the Army on a wild hair in the middle of college. I was thrown into a Sniper Section six months after I graduated Basic Combat Training. My sniper team would be the first to implement an experimental weapon system into combat for battlefield testing; Remington’s XM2010. Located in one of the most dangerous combat zones of the country, I was attached to a company that would receive over ninety Purple Heart awards, and was given the opportunity to make the shot of a life time. Without any U.S. Army Sniper School training, I learned everything I needed on the trail and under fire. With the help of my experienced spotter and sniper section I would have the opportunity to make the longest documented sniper kill shot with 30 caliber from over one mile; 1,869 meters.
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