Ever since the modern battlefield moved from the open fields of Europe to the rooftops of the middle east, the military has been re-examining their equipment and tuning it to operate in those very different environments. The XM2010 rifle is cool, but the massive bulk of the gun makes it very hard to move around discretely. Enter Remington’s new CSR, a concealable sniper rifle for those who need to be stealthy but still want the ability to reach out and touch targets at long range . . . Remington currently holds the contract to produce the Army and Marine Corps precision sniper rifles, and in order to meet the requirements of the 8 lb. 7.62 CSR they sliced the barrel and handguard length and tweaked a couple other specs. The XM2010 already included a quick-change capability for the barrels in one of its incarnations, so adapting the gun to this purpose was a breeze. The barrel on this version isn’t manufactured by Remington — right now they’re focusing on their 14″ version for the military and law enforcement markets. But they say a 16″ civilian version will be available to the public at some point. Then again, they also said that the XM2010 chassis would be available for the civilian market. Three years ago.
But what if I don’t use it as a sniper rifle? Is it still a sniper rifle?
Yup, just like if you don’t kill babies with your baby killing non assault assault rifle it is still a baby killing assault rifle.
Huh, why not just have an AR-15 in say 6.5G or 5.56 with 77gr OTMs in a sneaky bag. Breaks down into two halves so you can feel all high speed, CIA spook when you reassemble it. Alternatively, you could put a folder on an AR too.
But then you couldn’t charge thousands. That would be why not.
At my local GS, one dealer has Yamaha keyboard bags that fit two AR halves very nicely.
I scoff at your Yamaha bags and raise you one Wilson tennis racquet case!!
So when is the recall? Anybody want to start a betting pool for +5 internets?
Bastard…. I audibly LOL’d… right in the middle of a boring staff meeting.
What are you doing on this site in a meeting?! You should be paying attention! It’s your fault.
Like I said, it was a boring meeting. And I blame affluenza! LOL Still, a hilarious comment to me.
I wonder if they’ve considered using G.M. for some of their assembly?
Bring back the “Pinto”
Very nice but I just don’t see the utility in a bolt gun over semi for urban ops, short barrel or no.
A bolt gun doesnt have a cycling bolt releasing gas or making noise of metal on metal movement. Throw a silencer into the mix and thats a much better combination in an urban environment with buildings you cant always be sure of whats in side or around. Just because your target is far away doesnt mean something close wont make a target of you.
All this is fine and dandy, but what happens when it’s (inevitably) recalled?
Yeah – NO
Based upon the recent stellar performance from The Freedom Group and Remington (R-51, 700 rifle recalls), I would hate for our people the field to have to depend on this weapon!
Why does a military sniper rifle need to be concealable? I’ve never been a sniper, but don’t soldiers carry their arms openly? Or is that “old school” now?
In urban environments like the US Military had to deal with in Iraq, Sniper teams had to get to and from their hides in populated areas without people knowing they were any different than any other soldier (there is usually a bounty on snipers). That can be hard to do when you are lugging around a normal bolt action rifle. This gives a sniper team the ability to make their rifle look like just another piece of kit and it also gives the shooter the ability to carry and M4 and blend in with everyone else ,along with the ability to more effectively help the spotter clear a building that will be used as a hide.
So why not use an AR10 chambered in .243 or .308 Winchester with a 16 inch barrel? Aside from the magazine being slightly larger (to accommodate the slightly longer .308 Winchester cartridges), how would enemy soldiers/combatants be able to tell the difference at a distance?
It seems to me that an AR10 provides the best of all worlds:
(1) It looks like an AR15 (or M16) so you can “hide it in plain sight.” And
(2) It shoots a more powerful cartridge that provides a lot more stopping power between 250 and 600 yards.
And, the person operating that rifle can carry a suppressor in his gear pack to reduce recoil and improve accuracy without making the rifle look different. (They would have to haul it around with an A2 birdcage flash suppressor or whatever is standard and then install the suppressor once they get to their hide.)
They tried that with the SR-25 and M110, but there I have heard of some (conflicting) reports regarding accuracy and dependability. Also, they might want to retain the bolt-action mechanism, since there are things you can do with bolt-action that you can’t with semi (Easier to grab the spent shell for one).
A bolt gun with a silencer is far quieter than any semi auto. Gas escaping at the bolt of a semi auto for example and the bolt cycling. The bolt is fairly loud even if you are shooting suppressed.
But will it fit down your pants? I think they are late to game..
You lost me at “Remington”. I have a Pavlovian response to that name now.
it could emit rainbows, smell like unicorn farts, be as soft as the back hairs on an angel and cure cancer… it’s Remington, I won’t touch it.
in before the recall! 🙂
Uhmmm….does it actually work?
The XM2010 does not have quick change barrel capability. The MSR (PSR) does. http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/06/joe-grine/gun-prreview-remington-modular-sniper-rifle-msr/
When I was in Baghdad, a guy hiding and taking shots at soldiers was not called a sniper in reports. The definition of a sniper was someone who was trained at a military school in sniper operations. It was called recieving precision small arms fire instead. If you wrote you received sniper fire in a report people would flip out. Therefore, going by this governnent approved definition, this rifle is only a sniper rifle in the hands of a true school trained sniper. Otherwise in our hands it is just a precision rifle and we should all own one, just because.
A sniper is what a sniper does…………
So what you are saying is that, according to the Army, a sniper isn’t a sniper unless you can go up and ask him if he received military training, right? How did that work out? And why the heck would the brass care?
Why don’t they just do us one better, call it “Remingtons crazy baby killing scary black assault gun” because they obviously have a fetish for making scary names that will get this stuff banned.
Nice, but does this rifle have the auto fire trigger group feature the 700’s have? Nice feature only available through Remington. Also wondering if it comes with a self addressed box to the recall department to make it easier to send back. I now cringe when I hear Obama, Democrat and now Remington.
A lot of the FN MK20s also have a full auto feature too. Remington isn’t who randomly add that into there guns.
Recall it now before someone touches the bolt and it “negligently discharges itself”!
Nah, no recall on that rifle, it probably has a Jewell in it. Us mere mortals get the sh***y XMP instead.
Speaking of snipers I am reading the new Bob Lee Swagger novel, Snipers Honor. Happy to provide a review IF TTAG puts up an Amason affiliare link. Whats up with that btw, free $ if readers buy from here…
And ill even do it on pc so I dont have kindle fat fingering and auto correct to mis spell.
If you want to blend in with other soldiers carrying M4s but still be able to shoot 308, I think the Colt 901 is a better option. Takes STANAG mags, then pop off the upper, remove the mag well sleeve (no I didnt see what Colt is calling it), change upper and buffer spring and insert 308 mags. GTG. Also you get to save the weight of carrying a whole other gun. You just need the 2 sources of ammo and 2 uppers.
Meh, the Desert Tech sniper looks better. And why all that rails besides the top one and tactic-coolness? It should be as stream lined as possible
The side rails are for putting on a laser.
Gentlemen, it is called the Larue PredatOBR in 5.56 or 7.62mm. That is the solution.
Ladies and germs, there is an answer and it’s called Desert Tech’s SRS-A1 “Covert”. A bullpup precision bolt gun that, even with a 16″ barrel, is about the same overall length of an MP5. Even when broken down, it can in all likelihood be assembled just as fast as the CSR, too, being that it would still have fewer pieces.
Don’t think the military found the DTAs rugged enough.
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I still love my socom, it’s almost short, great at CQ.