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The M24 is a 7.62 mm sniper rifle featured in both ArmA: Armed Assault and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Armed Assault

« The M-24 sniper weapon system is a 7.62 mm, bolt-action repeating rifle based on the Remington 700 (like the USMC M40).
The barrel is designed to be free-floating, thus improving its already great accuracy.
It is used with M3A 10X magnifiing scope. The M24 is accurate out to about 800 meters, but an experienced marksman can hit a target 1200 meters away.
Library Description
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M24 7.62 mm
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Faction U.S. Army
Type Sniper Rifle
Caliber 7.62×51 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
5
Variants None
Games
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The M24 is used exclusively by U.S. Army snipers in ArmA: Armed Assault.

Overview

The M24 is a bolt-action sniper rifle that is chambered to fire the 7.62×51 mm NATO round.

It loads exclusively from 5-round box magazines and has a maximum fire rate of just 30 rounds per minute, with a muzzle velocity of 900 m/s. The M24 is always fitted with a folding (non-functional) bipod and uses a riflescope with a fixed magnification zoom of 10x. It does not come in any variant fitted with a muzzle suppressor.

As the U.S. Army's main sniper weapon, the M24 boasts both superior range and firepower to the 5.56 mm-chambered Mk12 SPR marksman rifle. Effective out to a distance of approximately ~ 800 metres, the M24 can potentially strike targets as far away as 1,000 metres depending on the user's skill. Accuracy-wise, the M24 is identical to the SLA's SVD Dragunov for engagements beyond 700 metres, though the difference is generally unnoticeable unless observed closely.

Its two main drawbacks are its low RPM (due to being bolt-action as opposed to semi-automatic) as well as its meagre magazine capacity. Both will prevent the M24 from being usable for emergencies or in close quarters as it simply fires too slowly and will run out of ammunition too quickly (unlike the Mk12 SPR).

Trivia

  • The M24's ammunition initially retained visible tracers even when magazine was not close to depletion (unlike the SVD). This was eventually fixed following the release of Patch 1.08.

Gallery

ArmA 2

« The M-24 sniper weapon system is a 7.62 mm, bolt-action repeating rifle based on the Remington 700 (like the USMC M40).

The barrel is designed to be free-floating, further improving its already superior accuracy.
It is used with an M3A 10X magnifying scope. The M24 is accurate to about 800 meters but an experienced marksman can hit a target 1200 meters away.
Armoury Description
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M24 7.62 mm
Arma2-icon-m24
Faction - USMC
- U.S. Army
Type Sniper Rifle
Caliber 7.62×51 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
5
Variants M40A3
Games
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The M24 is used by both the U.S. Marines and U.S. Army forces in ArmA 2.

Overview

Returning from Armed Assault, the M24 continues to serve as the primary weapon of U.S. military snipers.

Statistics-wise, the M24 is unchanged from Armed Assault and has the same magazine capacity, muzzle velocity, and fire rate of its predecessor. It does however, have multiple camouflage finishes and also features a sub-variant designated as the M40A3.

It has superior range when compared to the Mk17 Sniper while firing the same 7.62 mm cartridge, but is also far more accurate and is more than capable of striking targets that are more than 900 metres away with impeccable precision (1,100 metre shots are possible but the operator cannot rely on the scope's mil-dots).

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A two-man USMC sniper team lays in wait, observing their targets in preparation to strike.

Although it's still a bolt-action weapon as opposed to being a semi-automatic rifle, the M24 is actually rather similar both in terms of stats and handling to the USMC's own DMR rifle. However, the M24 is significantly more accurate at extreme distances and has a higher zeroing range limit (up to 800 metres instead of the DMR's maximum of 400).

For all its strengths however, the M24 also has one severe flaw in that it continues to use a bolt-action operation. This restricts it to firing very slowly when matched with other semi-automatic sniper rifles like the DMR. And because of its longer barrel length, it is also extremely unwieldy to hold in close quarters compared to both the Mk17 Sniper as well the DMR.

This lack of versatility means that the M24 is rather useless outside of sniper engagements, and should not be brought onto missions where heavy urban fighting is expected.


Variants

M40A3

M40A3 7.62 mm
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Faction USMC
Type Sniper Rifle
Caliber 7.62×51 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
5
Variants M24
Games
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The M40A3 is a modified variant of the M24 sniper rifle that is only used by USMC snipers.

The M40A3's sole difference from the M24 is that it is always camouflaged with a ghillie wrap that covers both the barrel and the sniper scope. The stock is also slightly different and has a cheek weld pad.

Like the M24, the M40A3 is also based on the same rifle platform but has no functional or statistical changes from the M24 apart from the aesthetic changes, which are purely cosmetic in nature.

Camouflage

  • Woodland: Two-tone olive green/light brown spraypaint scheme. Used on USMC M24s.
  • Desert: Two-tone desert tan/pale tan spraypaint scheme. Used on U.S. Army M24s.
  • Green: Flat dark green paint scheme with a woodland ghillie wrap covering the barrel and scope. Only used on USMC M40A3s.

Trivia

  • Despite being based on different modified versions of the Remington "Model 700" sniper rifle in real-life, the in-game M24 and M40A3 do not actually have any functional or statistical differences between the two (aside from the ghillie wrap on the M40A3).
  • Curiously, pre-release screenshots for the original M24 in ArmA 2 suggest that there was originally meant to be a separate version of the M24 that would have been similar to the M40A3, and would have had a ghillie wrap.
    • The render for this variant can still be seen but neither the model nor config exists for it in the final game (the icon can still be found in the game files).

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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration