Remington XM2010 Sniper Rifle Spotted in Syria

ARES Armament Research Services identified the XM2010 platform in Syria on social media last week:

An image shared via Twitter on 17 June shows a member claiming to be affiliated with the New Syrian Army (NSyA) or an allied group operating in Syria’s Aleppo governorate. The combatant in the picture is armed with a US-made Remington XM2010 sniper rifle, adopted by the US Army as the M2010. Previously, images from the same twitter account purported to show a delivery of arms parachuted to besieged rebel forces inside the town of Mare, in the north of Aleppo governorate. These were likely provided on an emergency basis in the hopes of preventing rebel forces holding the town from being overrun by Islamic State forces, and to support the arrival of NSyA reinforcements. These supplies included significant quantities of ammunition, including mortar projectiles.

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The XM2010 sniper rifle pictured is fitted with an AAC TiTAN-QD suppressor, Harris bipod, Leupold MK4 ER/T 6.5 x 20 scope with Badger Ordnance rings, and an L3 Insight AN/PAS-13G(V)1 Light Weapon Thermal Sight (LWTS). All of these accessories are part of the standard package for the US Army’s M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle, an upgrade and replacement program for the existing M24 Sniper Weapon System that began to be delivered in January 2011. The M24 SWS is chambered for the 7.62 x 51 mm calibre, whilst the M2010 is now chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum. The adoption of the new rifle and calibre has resulted in a weapon system with approximately 50% greater range than the M24 SWS.

This is one of the first sightings of a US military-grade thermal optic delivered to Syrian rebel groups. The combination of the longer range of .300 WM ammunition, the ability to engage targets with the help of a thermal clip-on optic, and the discretion of a suppressor will be very helpful in the sniper-contested scenario of Aleppo.

Thanks E.B.


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  • Anonymous

    No mag in weapon…makes me suspicious if it’s an actual field sighting or not.

    • Ambassador Vader

      That’s in the next air drop

      • PK

        Yes, they should contact The Company. Standard advice when you have issues with a recent purchase, right?

        • Ambassador Vader

          Sure, plus I’m sure it’s still covered by the CIA warranty.

    • hellofromillinois

      Is the lens cap closed as well or is a see-through? It looks like a closed solid cap.

    • Richard

      He’s probably just posing with the gun for the camera.

  • BattleshipGrey

    I’m sure the US packed 4473s and stamped return envelopes with each gun, because they’re big on background checks… except when they’re not.

    • Ambassador Vader

      It’s only illegal if it doesn’t benefit the government.

  • This makes me want to make an Oprah GIF of “Guns! Guns for everyone!” Then add ‘except for Americans.’

  • Mike C

    Talk about government hand outs! They air dropped $18,000 rifle systems including silencer to these persons of questionable character and loyalty, but I have to get finger printed and wait 6 months just to buy my own.
    Maybe we should all start identifying as Syrian “resistance fighters” to get the US government to subsidize our firearms collections…

    • Harry’s Holsters

      From what I’ve seen on youtube these guys would be just as well suited with a Remington Model 7, Ruger American, Savage etc… with a factory optic option. I highly doubt these guys had the training to take advantage of the features. We could have sent them 30+ rifles for the cost of one.

      • Giolli Joker

        Sure, it makes you wonder who is benefiting… the suppliers? their backers in the government? Both? What is clear is who’s paying…

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Everything has the same cost when it’s not their money they’re using.

        • John Yossarian

          They are mortgaging our future as tax livestock, borrowing to print more dollars. Each rifle sent to destabilize the Middle East not only enslaves us through taxation, but also enslaves us through fear of blowback such as 9/11 or Orlando. And that requires more rifles and more tax slaves – Quite a brilliant scheme that the parasitic class has developed.

    • mikee

      IATAR rules only apply to the little people!

    • The Raven Returns

      How long until these are turned against us? There are reports coming out, from Judicial Watch, that a Fast & Furious rifle was used in the Paris attack, last November.

      Shades of Iran Contra…

      • John Yossarian

        Even though all evidence points to this as the case, there’s no way to absolutely prove that it was a Fast & Furious rifle without matching its serial number with the ATF’s records. I bet the top men at the ATF are getting right on that…

    • Geoff

      Well, yeah, you can trust foreigners, especially Muslims, but not those racist white redneck American citizens, duh

    • John Yossarian

      They are mortgaging our future as tax livestock, borrowing to print more dollars to buy more rifles. Each rifle sent to destabilize the Middle East not only enslaves us through taxation, but also enslaves us through fear of another 9/11 or Orlando. And that fear requires more rifles to be sent, forming a positive feedback loop of ever greater levels of tax slavery.

      Quite a brilliant plan that the parasitic class has developed over the years. They also encourage the emotional and lower IQ populations to breed through social programs, so as to better ensure America be “inhabited by a race of slaves”. Google that phrase to see the entire quote, and the “sad alternative” offered by George Washington.

      Only NOW we are free to fight The Information War. With the advent of the Internet, we might be able to once and for all stand up to tyranny in a way that they cannot fight back – By using the Truth as our weapon! In this, Evil is disarmed and Good will once and for all prevail.

    • carlcasino

      Couple that with being a Refugee and you not only get the weapons you get FULL GOVERNMENT benefits amounting to about 65K a year. Is this administration great or what?

  • Ramsey

    He would be more effective if he flipped open that lens cover.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Think it’s ripped off.

      • Hellbilly

        ABDULLAH: I think this scope is broken. I can’t see anything through it.
        MUSTAFA: (Reaches over and rips off the cap of the flip-open lens cover) You have to remove this protective cover thingy, you idiot!

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          Battery Aziz!

          • KestrelBike

            Aziz, Light!!!

          • mazkact

            I went there too 🙂

          • Steven Allred

            Aziz, LIGHT!

  • LazyReader

    when something becomes US issue in the field, they drop the “X”

  • Ambassador Vader

    Outside the US – We will quite literally drop metric tonnes of firearms to you, no problem.
    Inside the US – fill out this form in triplicate, some fingerprints, taxes, oh and it’s your fault if someone missuses it.

    • FarmerB

      Assuming this photo is credible (I don’t) you really have to wonder about ITAR. Responsible, licensed shooters living in stable, mature democracies need State Dept licenses to buy a $2 widget and yet the powers that be can parachute deadly weapons to well dodgy militants in a war zone??

  • dP

    Somebody obviously forgot how Taliban/Al Qaeda got their hands on FIM92 stingers…

    • Warren Ellis

      The problem there was the CIA essentially giving the Pakistani ISI a blank check. The huge amounts of money flowing into Afghanistan, with the ISI directing who the money was supposed to go, allowed them to fund their own pet groups.

      • Steven Allred

        The Taliban was essentially an ISI creation.

        • Warren Ellis

          The Taliban started in 1992, or 1993 IIRC, which is after the US stopped paying attention to Afghanistan.

          • Steven Allred

            Indeed. It was all part of General Zia’s Islamization of Pakistan. Saudi Wahhabist funds have further supported extremist Madrassas on the AfPak border which has furthered the spread of violent, aggressive Islamism in the region.

  • Jay

    Your tax dollars hard at work, supporting the newest flavor of jihad.

  • Kyle

    What a waste of money. Especially giving them quality thermals. Well Remington is making money though and I’m sure, that this will never ever, ever end up in the hands of a terrorist.

  • Edohiguma

    If all fails, they can always barrel roll.

    Well, maybe that’s just a Daesh thing, because I’ve only seen Daesh roll away from vehicles. They roll, and roll, and roll, and roll. It’s an interesting tactic and with interesting I mean “WTF are they doing?”

  • 1911a145acp

    The top Image of the Rem rifle looks like it was taken indoors at a trade show. No Magazine, the weapon is clean, the rear Butler Creek lens cover is missing. Issue models generally are in FDE without a MASSIVE REMINGTON logo down the side. The “NSyA soldier” purported to be holding the weapon system is clean, clean hands, trimmed nails,clean uniform, recent haircut. All very suspect… but hey it’s on the Internet so it must be true…..

    • Gary Kirk

      Had just hit post when yours popped up

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      You know, all great points. And something I should have noticed as well. Thanks.

      • 1911a145acp

        Just my awesome Internet Super Sniper powers of observation…….;-)

  • Gary Kirk

    Don’t think the issue models have Remington painted on the side of the stock in big white letters

  • Anthony

    Its free syrian army fsa not new syrian army “nsya

  • Chris

    With the lack of both a magazine in the weapon and and semblance of context, I would bet the rifle in the picture actually belongs to a US service member. Just one of those “hey ANA buddy, this is what WE use” *clears weapon* “take a look”. I mean, that Eotech thermal alone is 13k and pretty much requires a steady supply of lithium AAs.

  • DanGoodShot

    Damn! Who paid for this?… oh… wait a minute… WE DID! WTF!

  • Devil_Doc

    Wait… We’re giving thermal sights to Syrians!? How is this a good idea?

  • Pedro Vaz

    “Syrian rebels”??? You mean Al-Qaeda in Syria? Murica overthrowing secular regimes in the ME and replacing them with Islamic radicals…isn’t that something?

  • Bob

    Take our weapons and then send these Goathumpers the best our country has to offer, is the Obama and Democrats way.

    • Tyrfing

      That gun is not the best we have to offer by a long way. It is the lowest price “bid” winner. Remington hasn’t made a good rifle in over 30 years

      • Andy Kay

        Have younever used one?

        • Tyrfing

          I can tell you this at a recent sniper symposium the winner was a semi-auto rifle made in the USA. It was the only one to hit the 1 mile target and it shoots sub-MOA at 2500 Metres. This makes the Remington a piece of junk and AI and McMillan

  • Treyh007

    Wow…… Our government sure are strategic thinkers……. What’s wrong with surplus firearms?

  • Tyrfing

    That’s alright it’s not much of a rifle, just a piece of Remington crap.

  • flyr

    No doubt we’ll see these rifles again , pointed at our people


    When ISIS captures or is given these rifles I’ll wager that they put them to good use.