Fulton Armory M65 Enhanced Sniper Rifle FA-M14-M65

Picture of a Fulton Armory M65 Enhanced Sniper Rifle FA-M14-M65 M14 Rifle

Fulton Armory M65 Enhanced Sniper Rifle FA-M14-M65

Clint McKee and Fulton Armory know the M14 and they know it well, in fact they build some of the tightest and most accurate M14 style rifles available. When you purchase a complete Fulton Armory Rifle you are purchasing a rifle handcrafted by very skilled people. These are not mass produced firearms by any measure. FA also has outstanding service and support, they do business the old fashioned way and rely heavily on their reputation. Fulton Armory often gets a slight ding from purists who prefer forged receivers over cast receivers. I’m not sure this matters with today’s modern manufacturing methods but that’s a discussion for another page. Additionally about a decade and a half ago there were complaints about soft bolts. That has long since disappeared but internet posts don’t disappear and keep regurgitating. 

The M65 Enhanced Sniper Rifle is one version of Fulton Armory’s take on the M14 platform based M21 Sniper Weapon System

Fulton Armory M65 Enhanced Sniper Rifle Features

  • Receiver: Fulton Armory Receiver (Meets All USGI Material, Heat Treat & Geometry Specifications)
  • Scope Mount: Fulton Armory, Picatinny Rail, Professionally Fitted & Installed To Receiver
  • Barrel: Fulton Armory, 22″ 1x8, 6.5 Creedmoor, Medium Contour, Stainless Steel, National Match Quality
  • Parts: GI & True Mil Spec Parts Throughout, Forged FA Gen II Bolt & Op Rod
  • National Match Upgrades:
    •  NM Polished Gas Piston
    • NM Gas Cylinder With Welded & Modified Front Band
    • NM Op Rod Spring Guide (Sadlak)
    • Modified Trigger
    • Modified Handguard
  • Muzzle Device: Nation Match Flash Suppressor With Bayonet Lug
  • Handguard: FA, Fiberglass Reinforced, Black
  • Stock: New Walnut, GI Contour, Hand Selected, Lovingly Fit & Beautifully Finished With Linseed Oil
  • Cheek Piece: Adjustable, Ambidextrous, Kydex
  • Accessory Rail: Front Stock Swivel with Picatinny Rail
  • Included Accessories: One 10 Round Magazine, Canvas Sling, & Owners Manual
  • Fulton Armory Precision Guarantee: Under 1.5 MOA (With Hornady Match Ammunition)

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M21 Sniper Weapon System

Picture of the M14 Based M21 Sniper Weapon System

M21 Sniper Weapon System (SWS)

The M21 Sniper Weapon System (SWS) is the semi-automatic sniper rifle adaptation of the M14 rifle. It is chambered for the 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge and 7.62×54mmR for Vietnamese and Chinese modified version, as well .30-06 for rare version.

M21 Sniper Weapon System

M21 Sniper Weapon System Overview

  • Rifle Type: Semi-automatic Sniper Rifle
  • Place of origin: United States

The United States Army wanted an accurate sniper rifle during the Vietnam War. The M14 was selected because of its accuracy, reliability, and the ability for a quick follow up shot. As a result, in 1969, the Rock Island Arsenal converted 1,435 National Match (target grade) M14s by adding a Redfield ART Adjustable Ranging Telescope 3–9× and providing National Match grade ammunition (7.62 Lake City Long Range XM-118).

This version, called the XM21, had a specially selected walnut stock and was first fielded in the second half of 1969. An improved version with a fiberglass stock was designated the M21 in 1975. The M21 remained the Army’s primary sniper rifle until 1988, when it was replaced by the M24 Sniper Weapon System; some M21s were later re-issued and used in the Iraq War.

In standard military use, the M21 uses a 20-round box magazine as the other members of the M14 family and weighs 11 pounds (5.27 kg) without the scope. The U.S. military never officially authorized or purchased magazines in any other capacity, although 5- and 10-round magazines are available.

M21 Sniper Weapon System Service

The XM21 Sniper Weapon System was used by the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, and the M21 saw limited action in military conflicts and operations in the late 1960s until the late 1980s. It was used by the U.S. Army Rangers during the Invasion of Grenada in 1983. There are limited numbers in some Army National Guard units and in a few specialized active units such as the OPFOR units of the Joint Readiness Training Center. The XM21 served from 1969 to 1975, and the M21 officially served as the main Army sniper rifle from 1975 to 1988 until the introduction of the M24, which had supplanted the M21 in Ranger Battalions by 1990. However, many M14 and M21 variants came back into favor in the Iraq and Afghan wars in the 2000s.

Commercial M21 Sniper Weapon System

Springfield Armory, Inc. also manufactures variants of its M1A rifle called M21 Tactical Rifle and M25 White Feather Tactical/Carlos Hathcock rifle, which are based upon M21 and M25 Sniper Weapon Systems but are slightly different; most notably they are fitted with a Picatinny rail to mount a scope and a Krieger barrel.[5]

  • James River Armory, partnered with Bula Defense Systems to make the forged receiver M14 and M21 rifles in Semi Automatic Versions.
  • LRB offers great craftsmanship of their M14 and is one of the most highly regarded M14 rifles on the market today.
  • Fulton Armory sells top quality M14s at the top price.

Note: most M14s will not have accuracy out of the box compared to the capabilities of mid-high quality bolt action systems, but parts can be upgraded and gas ports can be realigned in order to improve accuracy. All adjustments to the essential workings of the gun should be done by a professional gunsmith at any of the above mentioned companies.

M21 Sniper Weapon System Service History

  •  In service, 1969–present
  • Used by:
    • Israel
    • United States
    • China
    • Vietnam
  • Wars:
    • Vietnam War
    • Laotian Civil War
    • Cambodian Civil War
    • Sino-Vietnamese War
    • Cambodian–Vietnamese War
    • Sino-Vietnamese conflicts
    • Soviet–Afghan War
    • 1982 Lebanon War
    • Iraq War (Limited use)[citation needed]

M21 Sniper Weapon System Production History

  • Designer: Marines Weapons Command, Combat Development Command, Limited Warfare Agency
  • Designed: 1969
  • Manufacturer: Rock Island Arsenal, Springfield Armory
  • Variants: M25

M21 Sniper Weapon System Specifications

  • Weight: 5.27 kg (11.6 lb)
  • Length: 1118 mm (44 in)
  • Barrel Length: 560 mm (22 in)
  • Cartridge: 7.62×51mm NATO, (7.62×54mmR for Vietnamese and Chinese modified), .30-06 Springfield (rare version, limited use)
  • Action: Gas-operated, rotating bolt
  • Muzzle Velocity: 853 m/s (2,800 ft/s)
  • Effective Firing Range: 822 m (900 yd)
  • Feed System: 5-, 10-, or 20-round detachable box magazine
  • Sights: Front: National Match front blade .062, Rear: Match-grade hooded aperture with one-half minute adjustments for both windage and elevation.26¾ in sight radius.

 

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Remington 29663 700 5-R Military Specs | 308 Win

Remington 29663 700 5-R Military Specs .308 Winchester 24 Inch Stainless Barrel

Remington 29663 700 5-R Military Specs .308 Winchester 24 Inch Stainless Barrel

Remington 29663 700 5-R Military Specs .308 Winchester 24 Inch Stainless Barrel

Not appearing on the Remington website is one of their best kept secrets, the Remington 700 5-R Mil Spec.  The Remington 700 5-R Mil Spec features a Remington M700 stainless steel barreled action with a 24 inch R5 mil-spec barrel, the same barrel used in the Remington Defense M-24 sniper rifles. Barrel features a 11.25 inch twist rate with five lands and grooves and eleven degree target crown. Stock has aluminum bedding in block in standard VS configuration.

“Offering this Model 700 for ten years is a testimony to the popularity and acceptance by shooters wanting to own an exceptionally accurate rifle at a reasonable price,” states Category Manager, Dave Regula. At the core of the 700 with 5-R Rifling is the machined stainless steel, cylindrical Model 700 receiver design ensuring uniformity, strength and solid bedding area. Unique to this precision rifle is the 24-inch stainless steel, heavy barrel featuring 5-R Tactical Rifling — the same hammer-forged barrel used on the Remington M-24 sniper rifles.

Remington 700 5-R MilSpec

Remington 700 5-R MilSpec

 The 5-R Rifling barrel features five lands with a right hand twist which allows for less bearing surface on the bullet for slightly increased velocity.

As a result of less bullet drag, copper fouling in the bore is reduced ensuring long-term accuracy and consistency. The barrel is offered with a 110 target-style crown and a 1 in 11.25-inch twist.

The rock-solid barreled action is full-length, aluminum bedded into a well-designed H-S Precision stock for enhanced stability and shot-to-shot consistency. Add Remington’s X-Mark Pro® externally adjustable trigger, designed to “break-like-glass” and set at 3.5 pounds from the factory, and this rifle delivers surgical-like accuracy.

Remington 700 5-R Mil Spec Specifications

Mfg Item Number: 29663
Category: FIREARMS – RIFLES
Action :Bolt Action
Caliber : .308 Winchester
Barrel Length :24
Twist: 11.25″ Trigger :Single Stage
Stock : Green H&S Stock with Black Webbing
Finish :Stainless Steel

 


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Remington M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle

REMINGTON M2010 ENHANCED SNIPER RIFLE | REMINGTON MILITARY SNIPER RIFLE

Remington M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle

Remington M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle

Remington M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle (Formerly XM2010)

The Remington M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle (ESR), formerly known as the XM2010 and M24 Reconfigured Sniper Weapon System, is a modular sniper rifle developed by PEO Soldier for the United States Army. It is derived from the M24 Sniper Weapon System and replaced the existing M24s.

After winning a competitive bidding process, Remington was awarded the production contract for up to 3,600 weapons. The Army had anticipated fielding upgraded weapons to deployed U.S. Army Snipers near the end of December 2010,[4][5] but later expected fielding would happen in January 2011.

The M2010 system differs from the prior M24 Sniper Weapon System in that it fires .300 Winchester Magnum ammunition to provide approximately 50 percent additional effective range relative to the M24’s 7.62×51mm NATO.

This chambering to dimensionally larger cartridges is possible because the M24 Sniper Weapon System was designed to use the “long action” bolt version of the Remington 700 receiver for cartridges up to 3.34 inches (84.84 mm) in overall length.

The U.S. Army developed the system so that the additional effective range would help snipers in engagements in mountainous and desert terrain in which the War in Afghanistan was being fought.[6] The general penalties for using bigger, more powerful magnum rifle ammunition compared to smaller, standard rifle cartridges are increases in recoil, jump, flash, weight, and barrel wear.

Remington M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle Design

The REMINGTON M2010 ENHANCED SNIPER RIFLE differs from 7.62×51mm NATO chambered M24 Sniper Weapon System in that M2010 sniper weapons are:

  • Chambered to .300 Winchester Magnum.
  • Barreled to a 24 in (610 mm) long, 1 in 10 inch (254 mm) twist rate (using Obermeyer 5-R rifling) hammer-forged free floating barrel.
  • Fitted with a new chassis (stock) assembly that maximizes the amount of physical adjustments for the sniper to provide a better user customized fit. The chassis has a right folding buttstock that shortens the system for easier transport and better concealment during movement and accommodates the mounting of accessories via removable Mil Std 1913 Picatinny Rails and accessory cables via routing channels.
  • Fitted with a five-round detachable box magazine.
  • Fitted with a quick-attachable/detachable Advanced Armament Corporation sound suppressor with muzzle brake to reduce recoil and jump and audible and visible signature with an available thermal sleeve that reduces mirage effect on heated suppressors. The 10 in (254 mm) Titan-QD Fast-Attach suppressor eliminates 98 percent of muzzle flash, 60 percent of recoil, and reduces sound by 32 decibels.
  • Fitted with a Leupold Mark 4 6.5–20×50mm ER/T M5A2 Front Focal variable power telescopic sight featuring a 34 mm tube diameter, first focal plane Horus Vision H-58 grid system range estimation reticle and Bullet Drop Compensation,fielded with the AN/PVS-29 or AN/PVS-30 Clip-on Sniper Night Sight.
  • The application of advanced corrosion resistant coatings throughout the system.

According to Remington Arms each rifle is tested to meet (and typically exceeds) the requirement to fire ≤ 1 MOA/0.28 mrad (less than a 2-inch shot group at 200 yards) before being released for fielding.

Remington M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle Ammunition

In 2009 the U.S. government purchased MK 248 MOD 1 .300 Winchester Magnum match-grade ammunition for use in .300 Winchester Magnum sniper rifles like the U.S. Navy Mk13 SWS or reconfigured M24 SWSs. This ammunition was developed as a .300 Winchester Magnum Match Product Improvement (PIP) and uses the 14.26 g (220 gr) Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point Boat Tail (HPBT) very-low-drag bullet fired at a nominal muzzle velocity of 869 m/s (2,850 ft/s) ± 15.2 m/s (50 ft/s).

According to the U.S. Navy this ammunition should increase the maximum effective range of .300 Winchester Magnum sniper rifle systems to 1,370 m (1,500 yd), decrease wind deflection on bullets in flight and use a reduced muzzle flash propellant that remains temperature stable across an operational temperature range of -32 °C to 74 °C (-25 °F to 165 °F).According to JBM Ballistics, using the G7 ballistic coefficient provided by Bryan Litz, and a Weapon Employment Zone (WEZ) analysis of the XM2010 rifle with various .300 Winchester Magnum ammunition types by Bryan Litz, the MK 248 MOD 1 .300 Winchester Magnum cartridge, when fired at its nominal muzzle velocity of 869 m/s (2,850 ft/s), should have 1,286 to 1,289 m (1,406 to 1,410 yd) supersonic range under International Standard Atmosphere conditions at sea level (air density ρ = 1.225 kg/m3).

In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense annual testing report found that the older A191 or MK 248 Mod 0 .300 Winchester Magnum service round loaded with aerodynamically less efficient 190 gr (12.32 g) Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point Boat Tail (HPBT) bullets fired from the XM2010 demonstrated adequate performance and lethality. Live fire tests were conducted in March 2013 against ballistics gelatin, light material barriers, and other targets to determine the projectile’s ability to perforate targets. This was the first time the Pentagon’s Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) tested the round, which can hit targets out to 1,200 m (1,312 yd).

Remington M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle History

The U.S. Army issued three XM2010s to snipers at the United States Army Sniper School on 18 January 2011 and began using the rifle in combat in Afghanistan in March 2011. The XM2010’s .300 Win Mag round extends the engagement range over the M24 from 800 meters to 1,200 meters, enhancing lethality and standoff. The Barrett M107 .50 caliber rifle can hit targets past 2,000 meters, but it is accurate to 2.5 MOA, meaning it would hit within a 25 in (640 mm) area at 1,000 meters. This was acceptable for material targets, but not individual personnel. The XM2010 addressed the problem and gave increased range over the M24 but maintained 1 MOA accuracy. Remington had been awarded a $28 million on 20 September 2010 to rebuild 3,600 M24 rifles, but only 250 had been ordered to be changed by the time the first XM2010s were fielded.

Due to the success of the XM2010, Army officials considered a “pure fleet,” meaning all 2,500 Army M24s would be upgraded to XM2010 standard. Snipers in the field learned how to transition to the XM2010 and learn its use, maintenance, and capabilities during a three-day course. After the course, snipers had no difficulty hitting targets out to 1,000 meters from “ridgetop to ridgetop.” In addition to the more powerful cartridge, the new optic enhances the rifle’s ability to sight a target quickly without needing to do calculations of range estimation. All 250 XM2010 rifles were to be fielded in 8 Brigade Combat Teams by mid-May 2011.

Based on the results and feedback from troops, the U.S. Army decided in May 2011 to replace its entire fleet of M24s, ordering a total of 2,558 M2010 rifles. By September 2012, the Army had fielded more than 1,400 systems as part of an urgent material release. The M2010 achieved Type Classification-Standard in July 2013 and Full Materiel Release in September 2013, supporting procurement for the balance of the Army requirement. On 25 April 2014, the 2,558th M2010 rifle was completed.

Precision Guided Firearm Testing

In March 2014, the company TrackingPoint revealed their smart scope was being integrated onto the M2010 sniper rifle. The Army purchased six systems in January 2014 for testing and the networked scope and guided trigger had been added to the platform. The TrackingPoint system includes a computerized scope that marks a selected target, gathers and compensates for external factors, and uses a special trigger that does not pull until the system is sure the bullet will land where intended. TrackingPoint costs between $22,000 and $27,000 to be installed on a bolt-action rifle to achieve hits out to 1,250 yd (1,143 m), though it is not intended to replace sniping skills but be used by soldiers who need to take shots at longer sniping ranges.


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Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range Rifle 84462

REMINGTON 700 XCR TACTICAL LONG RANGE | 84462

Remington 700 Owners Manual Rev 5-10

The renowned Remington 700 rifle has been the platform of choice for military and law-enforcement snipers for years, and now you have a chance to enjoy the same kind of outstanding long-range shooting performance with the Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range Rifle. Chambered in the hard-hitting, long-range .300 Winchester Magnum Caliber.

Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range 84462

Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range 84462

Never before has a rifle this durable and rugged been introduced to the world of hunting. Featuring Remington’s superb proprietary TriNyte™ Corrosion Control System, the Model 700™ XCR™ (Xtreme Conditions Rifle) is virtually impervious to even the most extreme conditions.

Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range Rifles—the perfect solution for long-range precision shooters. A long-time favorite of both the military and tactical police units, the Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range delivers the legendary accuracy and unfailing performance you’ve come to expect.

Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range features a X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger and 416 stainless steel barreled action with Black TriNyte® PVD coating, providing a diamond-hard layer of defense against the elements.

Its new tactical Bell & Carlson stock comes in OD green with black webbing and features a full-length aluminum bedding block, tactical beaver-tail fore-end and a recessed thumb-hook feature for optimum “off-the-bench” shooting performance. The barrel features wide tactical-style fluting for rapid cooling.

REMINGTON 700 XCR TACTICAL LONG RANGE SPECIFICATIONS

  • Model – Remington Model 700 XCR Long Range Tactical Bolt Action Rifle
  • Caliber – .300 Winchester Magnum
  • Barrel – 26″ Free-Float, 1:10″ Twist
  • Tactical Barrel Fluting
  • Magazine – 3 Round hinged Floorplate
  • Trigger Guard Safety
  • Remington 40x Externally Adjustable Trigger
  • Bell & Carlson Tactical Stock
  • OD green with black webbing finish
  • Full length aluminum bedding block
  • Tactical Beavertail Forend
  • Recessed thumb hook
  • 416 stainless steel barrel with black Trinyte coating
  • Dual front swivel studs & rear swivel stud
  • Drilled & tapped
  • Total Overall Length – 43-3/4″
  • Length of pull – 13-3/8″
  • Drop at Comb – 1-1/4″
  • Drop at Heel – 1-1/2″
  • Weight – 8-1/2 lbs.

REMINGTON 700 XCR TACTICAL LONG RANGE RIFLE 84462