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US Army M24 Sniper Weapon System

The M24 is the US Army's standard issue sniper rifle system. Here are the specifics:

  • Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO (.308 winchester)
  • Operation: Bolt Action
  • Feed: 20 round magazine
  • Weight Empty Magazine: 8.7 pounds (3.95 kilograms)
  • Full magazine and sling: 11.0 pounds (5.0 kilograms)
  • Length: 44.14 inches (1092 milimeters)
  • Barrel and Rifling: 22" length, 1 twist in 11.2", 5 lands & grooves.
  • Sights: 10x42 Leupold Ultra M3A telescope sight (Mil-Dots), detachable emergency iron sights. (Redfield Palma International)
  • Stock: HS Precision - adjustable length.
  • Max Effective Range: 1,509.26 feet (460 meters) - Note that is not the Maximum Range
  • Muzzle velocity: 2,800 feet (853 meters) per second
  • Cyclic rate of fire: Yeah, dunno. DFAS is screwed.
  • Expected Accuracy: 1 MOA with M118 (Ammo is limiting factor)
  • Unit Replacement Cost: $576

The weapon stock is a Kevlar, graphite, fiberglass composite. The lower reciever uses Remington 700 action.


The M24 was fielded (tested in the field) by the US Army in 1988. As it phased in, it replaced the M21 Sniper Rifle System. Snipers using this rifle are expected to deliver accurate fire up to 800 meters.


Sources:
www.snipercentral.com
US Military DFAS website

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