News: Sledgehammer soldiers train with XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle
Story by Sgt. Stephanie Woodson
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Soldiers assigned to 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division trained with the XM 2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle Weapon System at the Equipment Regeneration Center Nov. 19.
The enhanced sniper rifle is an upgrade from the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System.
“The XM2010 is a man-portable, direct line of sight weapon system capable of providing precision fire with reduced signature on targets at a distance of up to 1,200 meters,” said David Beesley, an instructor from U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command.
“The XM2010 Sniper Weapon System is equipped with a fully adjustable right-folding chassis system featuring a monolithic MIL-STD 1913 optic mounting rail, user-positionable MIL-STD 1913 rails and accessory cable routing channels,” added Beesley.
Sledgehammer Soldiers said they are looking forward to firing the new sniper rifle.
“I believe that it is a pretty good weapon system. It’s designed to give us a lot more accuracy,” said Cpl. Zachery Myott, an infantryman assigned to 3rd ABCT, 3rd ID. “I’ve been a sniper for two months, so I’m glad there’s a class to teach us about this weapon system.”
Snipers are not allowed to fire the XM2010 Sniper Weapon System until completion of the class, said Myott.
“I was using the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System. It’s older and shot out so the capabilities are less and we were only able to shoot 600 meters, so I’m looking forward to this upgrade, plus the XM2010 comes with a better optic,” said Myott.
The advantage of the XM2010 is accuracy and a better optic, but it has a slower rate of fire.
“Overall it is a great weapon system, it allows us to reach out further with more accuracy and we will be able to save more lives during combat,” said Myott.