Reaffirming a 22-year relationship, the U.S. Army has awarded Remington a contract to upgrade their 3,600 currently operational M24 Sniper Weapon Systems (SWS), slated to be re-classified as “M24E1”. It’s rumored the M24 will get a total body makeover, a new Leupold scope and new suppressor. This contract will bring in $28.2 million over 5-years.
Overall, the biggest change to the system will be caliber conversion: the M24E1 will be chambered in.300 Winchester Magnum (the ammunition was purchased in 2009 in anticipation of the weapons upgrade) instead of 7.62mm NATO. The more powerful .300 Magnum fires a 220 grain Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point Boat Tail bullet, promising to equip soldier’s with a greater maximum range (up to 1300 meters) and additional ballistic precision.
Read the whole press release here. The Remington point of contact for the M24E1 program is Trevor Shaw, Director of Defense Programs, (336) 548 8577, email@example.com. Remington’s complete military product line can be viewed remingtondefense.com.