posted on Oct, 24 2007 @ 01:55 PM
Shattered: Please don't say that it looks like another bolt action. Yes, you are right, but again, looks can be deceiving since the composites in
the stock and bedding are very expensive, but they are extremely light and extremely strong. The rail that the scope sits on is made of a solid bar
of Titanium, which costs alot, not only for the material, but also to machine and finish, and the amount of man-hours that are put into a single rifle
add to it's accuracy and durability, as Quality Control is a must, and necessary at every stage of production. In an A-10 Warthog, the pilot sits an
a complete tub of Titanium, which costs alot, but the rationale is that the pilot is worth the money, but you can't see that tub with the naked eye
As for the night vision, before a sniper takes a weapon into combat, he must zero that weapon to gain as much datat on the that weapon as he can, so
he should shoot different types of ammo, at different temperatures, both day and night, rain or shine. Because of the a special tube, called a
Pinnacle Tube, built inside the AN/PVS-22(UNS), when the sniper shoots the weapon without the UNS, and gets his zero, when uses the UNS at night, he
doesn't need to re-zero. This saves time and allows the sniper to be far more versatile than before. If you check into all of the other NOD's on
the market(like the SIMRAD,BNS,etc.), although they say they hold their zero, they in fact do not. The UNS was the that was selected and performed
the best over-all, and therefore was included into this SWS.
As for the recoil you mentioned, obviously you have never fired a suppressed weapon. Most of the recoil is generated when the hot gases escape the
crown, behind the bullet, and push the bullet forward and weapon back. Since the suppressor captures most of that gas, and lets it expand, there is
considerably less felt recoil, which means better accuracy on follow on shots, as well as sound reduction and hiden muzzle flash.
So again, when you take all of these characteristics, and roll them into one solid package you get an awesome weapon. By the way, the XM-3 is no
longer a "prototype", as it is fielded with units deployed right now, and has been in use for some time.