I actually had to do some work during AUSA but had time to cruise the floor and saw some pretty cool stuff that I'll post over the next week or so.
Christian has given us some great gouge on the Remington XM2010 in the past but it was nice to see the rifle up close and personal for myself. Although I've been critical of the Army's choice of a bolt action rifle over a semi-auto, regardless it's a bad ass no frills weapon system. I haven't had a chance to shoot one but if you guys want me to request a rifle for a test shoot let me know.
As many of you know Remington won the US Army Enhanced Sniper Rifle (ESR) contract September of this year and they'll be outfitting over 3,000 M24 systems in the inventory.
The XM2010 was designed and developed specifically for the sustained harsh environment of the modern battlefield using state-of-the-art technology, manufacturing processes, and corrosion resistant materials. As an upgrade to the combat proven M24 Sniper Weapon System, the XM2010 is chambered in 300 Win Mag for extended effective range using the M24 700 action, and has proven out-of-the-box 1 MOA accuracy. The XM2010 features the new Remington Arms Chassis System (RACS) with a folding stock that allows for adjustment of the length of pull and cheek height and captures the bolt handle when folded. This allows the operator to configure his weapon to his personal physical requirements and transport the system more easily. Additional chassis features include a monolithic rail with removable rail pieces and cable routing guides that maximize rail insert space, co-align electroptics, and manage electric cables. Finally, the XM2010 features such end user driven enhancements as a 5-round detachable box magazine that allows the operator to quickly reload the weapon, a Leupold long range variable powered optic, and the Advanced Armament Corp TiTan quick detach sound suppressor. The XM2010 – an evolutionary leap in precision engagement capability and survivability.
Not sure why they went with Leupold for the optic, Nighforce is a much better choice in my opinion. I had problems with the Leupold glass coming loose internally when I was a sniper student...haven't trusted the brand since. Remington makes solid stuff...would be nice to see a solid accurate semi-auto in 7.62 from them. Either way you slice it, it's doom on you Al Qaeda....Hold 2 right and send it!