XM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm
Faction ION
Type Designated Marksman Rifle
Caliber 5.56×45 mm NATO / 5.56×45 mm NATO SD
Variants XM8, XM8 CQC, XM8 M320, XM8 Compact, XM8 Automatic Rifle
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The XM8 Sharpshooter is a 5.56 mm designated marksman rifle used by ION private military contractors in ArmA 2. It was added with the release of the Private Military Company DLC.


The XM8 Sharpshooter is a modified variant of the baseline XM8 rifle that is configured specifically as a designated marksman rifle. Just like its parent weapon, it is also chambered to fire the same 5.56×45 mm NATO round.

It differs in that it has a full-length barrel and a (non-functional) integrated bipod. Unlike its parent, it cannot be fitted with other kinds of accessories or optical sights except for its integrated telescopic sight. It has a default zeroing range of between 100 and up to 800 metres.

Compared to the XM8 Automatic Rifle, it is lighter to carry while also being the most accurate variant out of all the XM8 variants. In addition, the XM8 Sharpshooter is unique for being the only model that is fitted with a magnified optic by default. This telescopic sight has a magnification strength of 4x, and enables the operator to engage targets that are up to 700-800 metres away with a high degree of precision.

The XM8 Sharpshooter cannot be suppressed, though it can still feed from STANAG/G36-type magazines that are loaded with subsonic 5.56 mm ammunition.