Monday, April 25, 2011

Army Fields a New Sniper Rifle

So after many years, the army has procured a weapon not based on the procurement cycles of a huge organization, but based on real shooters' needs.  Switching to a non-NATO caliber is a big logistical change, but also a requirement for snipers to consistently hit beyond the 800m ranges common in Afghanistan.

According to The Armed Services Job Blog:
U.S. Army will be shipping new XM2010 sniper rifles to U.S. snipers in Afghanistan in the next few months. The new long-range weapon is capable of hitting targets up to 4,000 feet away—or nearly a quarter-mile farther than current sniper rifles.

Here's hoping to see a civilian version of it sometime soon - even if it will be quite a bit outside of my price range.

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