The Army's M24 "Upgrade"

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

I have read through solicitation request for the Army’s M24 Sniper Weapon System upgrade. I am struggling to see how it can be considered an upgrade. The original M24 is going to have little in common with an upgraded version. As I read the solicitation request only the original receiver must remain after the upgrade. Maybe some of the bolt’s internal components will be used, but that is about it. Barrel, bolt face, stock, optics, sights, suppressor, flash hider, iron sights, rail system, magazine, bipod and trigger group are all likely to be replaced.

It looks like the Army is trying to get a new rifle in a roundabout way, much like how the USMC is procuring a new rifle under the guise of a machine gun. What do you think?

Remington’s M24A2 (a product name, not a military designation) is a possible candiate for the M24 upgrade.

Here are a few interesting specifications for the new M24 …

  • Trigger pull must be between 3 – 5 lbs. Operators must not be able to adjust the trigger.

  • Magazine must have a minimum capacity of 5 rounds. It must not touch the ground when the bipod legs are at their shortest setting.

  • The rifle, with minimum length of pull set and with suppressor attached, cannot be longer than 48″.

  • It cannot weigh more than 17 lbs with magazine full and with day optic and suppressor attached.

  • MRBS (Mean rounds between stoppage) must be at least 1200. The MRBEFF (The mean round between essential function failure) must be at least 2300.

  • The minimum accuracy must be 1 MOA (at 100m), although they are hoping for at least 0.8 MOA. These days 0.8 should be easily achieved.

  • The rifle and optics must survive a 5 foot drop test.

  • Iron sights that mound on the rail system must be included.

  • The day scope must have variable magnification. The minimum magnification must be from 3.5-6.5x. The maximum magnification must be from 14-25x.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Allen Allen on Mar 27, 2010

    All but the iron sights/magazine capacity (correct me if I'm wrong), doesn't the "current" M24 meet or exceed all the criteria for the proposed "new" M24? I mean it's already a awesome bolt action rifle. That being said just how much more can one "modify" a M24? Somebody important lobbied for this one. Tsk, tsk, shame, shame...

    • Steve Steve on Mar 28, 2010

      @Allen Allen, the new M24 has to be chambered in .300 Win Mag and have a fully adjustable stock.

  • Zach Zach on Apr 22, 2010

    I don't see the purpose of the flashlight on a bolt action sniper rifle, like the one pictured