April 6, 2014. David Pugliese - Defence Watch
Lance Bacon of the Army Times is reporting that the U.S. Army is testing a fire control system that turns an average shooter into a sniper in a matter of minutes.
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The service recently bought six XactSystem precision-guided firearm kits. Each will be calibrated to the XM-2010 sniper rifle and the M248 Mod 1 rounds, which are standard-issue .300 Winchester Magnum.
School-trained snipers at various locations will spend up to four weeks testing functionality and effectiveness. The goal is to determine whether fire control systems enhance individual capabilities, said Lt. Col. Shawn Lucas, program manager for individual weapons at PEO Soldier.
“I can only squeeze so much more performance out of a rifle,” Lucas said. “Only so much more performance out of a bullet. I can only train a soldier so much. I have finite resources and time.
“However, for a relatively small investment, I can make a significant increase in probability of hit and overall effectiveness by making an investment in advanced fire control.”
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