US Army Awards Contract to Reconfigure M24 Sniper Weapon Systems to Remington® Arms

U.S Army awarded M24 Remington Upgrade

US Army Awards Contract to Reconfigure M24 Sniper Weapon Systems to Remington® Arms

Madison, NC – Remington Arms Company, Inc. (“Remington”), a member of the Freedom Group of Companies, is pleased to announce that the United States Army’s Joint Munitions and Lethality Contracting Center has awarded Remington a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) Indefinite Delivery/ Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract (W15QKN-10-R-0403) for the upgrade of up to 3,600 M24 Sniper Weapon Systems (SWS) currently fielded to the Army pending type classification as the “M24E1”.

Army M24 Remington ContractThe major configuration change for this system is the caliber conversion from 7.62mm NATO (.308 Winchester) to .300 Winchester Magnum to provide soldier’s with additional precision engagement capability and range. The contract is for a five (5) year period and has guaranteed minimum value of $192K with a potential value of up to $28.2 million. This award follows a full and open competitive evaluation lasting 9 months, which began with the release of the Army’s Request for Proposal (RFP) on 13 January 2010. The program will be executed under the authority of Project Manager Soldier Weapons, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, and managed by its subordinate unit, Product Manager Individual Weapons.

Army awards contract to Remington M24

Remington’s winning sniper rifle features the following enhancements above and beyond caliber conversion from 7.62mm NATO to .300 Winchester Magnum:

- A completely new chassis (stock) assembly, which maximizes the amount of physical adjustments for the sniper to provide a true customized fit. The chassis has a folding buttstock that radically shortens the system for easier transport and greater concealment during movement and accommodates the mounting of accessories via removable Mil Std 1913 Picatinny Rails.

Remington awarded U.S Army Contract

- An improved 6.5-20×50 variable power Leupold® riflescope with an enhanced reticle within the first focal plane and a .300 Winchester Magnum bullet-drop compensator (BDC)

- A quick-attach/detach Advanced Armament Corp.® suppressor with muzzle brake

- A 5-round detachable box magazine – Advanced corrosion resistant coatings throughout the system

While virtually every aspect of the M24E1 has been updated and improved, the U.S. Army specifically required that the M24E1 continue to be built around the same 700TM series long action and that the fire control requirement continue to be met by the combat proven M24 SWS fire control. The M24E1′s fire control is set to a pull weight requirement of 3 to 5 lbs pull +/- 8oz, and has been found to survive near constant use, in and out of theater, for well over 10 years of service without adjustment or replacement.

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Smith and Wesson’s new limited edition 500 S&W Magnum Bone Collector

Smith and Wesson are producing only 1,000 of these massive hunting handguns.  Developed by the engineers at Smith & Wesson to “deliver maximum power for serious handgun hunters,” but this gun makes me think it was developed to give Dirty Harry an inferiority complex.

Smith & Wesson wanted to produce the most powerful revolver in the world (and by just the sheer looks of it, I say they win).  In order to achieve this type of power out of a handgun, Smith & Wesson needed an entirely new frame, which they dubbed the X-Frame.

As you can see it has a picantinny rail up top and a massive muzzle brake.  It carries 5 rounds of devastating .500 S&W magnum rounds, has a synthetic grip, and  utilizes a double-single action.  The S&W Magnum weighs 82 ounces (5.12 pounds) and sports a long 10.5″ barrel.  This pistol seems to be named adequetly with “Bone Collector,” since I believe there’s not an animal on this planet this thing couldn’t take down.

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Bushmaster ACR A-TACS Revealed!

Bushmaster ACR ATACS Release dateBushmaster ACR A-TACS Camo Revealed!
Just a few day’s ago I posed the question “will there be a Bushmaster ACR A-TACS Camo available to the public?”.  I honestly had no idea other than the teaser pics used by military on the ATACS website.  Well today that question was answered via an email with a humongous image file of the ACR Basic in ATACS desert digital print!

No other information was given to me but I am going to go out on a limb to assume that the consumer market will be able to purchase it by the end of 2010.  My reasoning is that to my knowledge the military would be using the Enhanced ACR not the Basic spec as seen above.  Another clue is that the A-TACS M4 Type carbine was just released as well.

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The Japanese Firearms Industry by Jim Torres

Guns Made in Japan

That there actually is a Japanese firearms industry may come as a surprise to many shooters. Another surprise is the fact that Japanese citizens can actually legally possess rifles and shotguns for hunting and target shooting. Japanese gun ownership does require an annual license, yearly testing and inspections but owners can keep their weapons and ammunition at home in a locked container.

The Japanese firearms industry is respected worldwide for its ability to produce superior quality products. Those Browning BAR hunting rifles you saw on the rack at your local hunting emporium? They are made in Japan. Their barrels might have a sporting contour, but those barrels are all made to match grade tolerances from the finest high grade ordnance steel.

Excellent accuracy is not just achieved from a match grade barrel, you also need precision concentricity; the perfect alignment of action, bolt face, chamber and barrel bore.  Custom gunmiths charge major money to properly “blueprint” bolt action Remington 700’s. Practically any Japanese rifle made by Howa or a Howa sold as a Weatherby Vanguard will shoot outstanding groups right out of the box. Why? Because precision concentricity is achieved gun to gun because of their high quality manufacturing standards that include rigorous quality control throughout the entire manufacturing process, usage of high grade steels and excellent design engineering.

Japan Gun Laws

Today, Miroku is the largest commercial firearms manufacturer in Japan. For Browning’s worldwide market Miroku builds the Citori, Cynergy, BLR Lightweight, BLR Lightweight ’81, A-Bolt II, X-Bolt, BT-99, BL-22 Rifle, Auto-22 Rifle, T-Bolt, BPS (all), and Gold 10ga. Miroku also makes Winchesters historic “retro rifles” such as the 1885, 1895s, and other limited series rifles.

Japan has had some unique success in military weapons design. Their Type 96 and 99 Light Machineguns of WW2 were the first issue ever of a LMG to come with a telescopic sight. The Japanese were also the first to issue “Designated Marksman” rifles. In rifle platoons quantities of Arisaka bolt action infantry rifles were issued with compact telescopic sights, while “select” grade versions were issued to trained snipers. These weapons were also the only ones issued by any military of that war that came with chrome lined barrels and hard chromed bolt faces. Both had excellent reputations for reliability and accuracy.

For military use the Japanese make their own original design 5.56MM rifle, the Howa Type 89. They also make a FN MAG clone, the 7.62X51mm Type 62, and also license build the 5.56MM FN M249. Some of their special units use the Colt M4 for interoperability with US forces.

Japanese Guns

For handguns the Japanese military is equipped with SIG 9x19MM models of the P220, P225 and P226 pistols. The Japanese police are usually found armed with Miroku made .38spec revolvers that were also sold in the USA in the 1960’s.

The only assault rifle made in Japan and ever commercially exported were some 5.56MM Armalite AR-180’s made by Howa in the middle 1970’s. Back in the day when you compared an original British built Sterling AR-180 with a Japanese Howa made one, the Howa seemed like it was made on another planet. There was that much difference quality wise.

As AR15’s and variants are now made and sold globally in heavy barrel “match” and “hunting” models, let us hope that one day we will see a super high quality Japanese made version of a Colt AR15. Currently Japanese weapons export laws prohibit military small arms sales, but with the right design maybe Howa could justify its export as a firearm obviously intended solely for the commercial target/hunting market.

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