The M24 SWS (Sniper Weapon System) is used by snipers in the US Army. It is a Bolt- action rifle that chambers the 7.62x51mm NATO, .300 Winchester Magnum, or the .338 Lapua Magnum. The M24 SWS is one military variant of the Remington 700, "M24" being the model name assigned by the United States Army after adoption as their standard sniper rifle in 1988. The M24 is referred to as a "weapons system" because it consists of not only a rifle, but also a detachable telescopic sight and other accessories. The M24 SWS is no longer in service, as it has been converted to the M2010 ESR.
— In game description
The M24 is the default sniper rifle for the USMC in Battlefield 2. It is the only sniper rifle whose spread values differ from the other rifles of the same class; its zoomed spread is half of the normal value -- 0.025 versus 0.05. Otherwise, however, its spread is identical to the other rifles. It is most similar to the L96A1, whose rate of fire, damage, and magazine size are identical to the M24's. Both rifles are always capable of killing in two direct hits, at a maximum, with a minimum of one headshot for an instant kill.
Battlefield 2: Special ForcesEdit
Battlefield: Bad CompanyEdit
— In Game description
The M24 is the default sniper rifle for the US Army Recon class in Battlefield: Bad Company. Much like the other bolt-action sniper rifles, the M24 takes one shot to kill with a headshot and two to the body, just like in Battlefield 2. Its Russian counterpart is the SV-98 Sniper Rifle and the MEC's counterpart is the GOL sniper rifle.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit
— In-game description.
The M24 Sniper is the default sniper rifle in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for the Recon kit. Despite being the first Recon weapon available, the weapon inflicts high damage (headshots at any distance and any shots at close range are instant kills, while other shots at long range require two hits). This comes at the cost of low rate of fire with the bolt action and a small 5-round magazine.
The M24 is equipped with a 6x telescopic scope by default, however a 4X Rifle Scope, 12X High Power Scope, Red Dot Sight, and/or spotting scope can also be used. The weapon has slight bullet drop and flight time to reach targets at extremely long ranges, which means that the player must anticipate the movement of the target and lead the shots as well as aim slightly upwards. Attaching a Red Dot Sight or 4X Rifle scope to the weapon will cause the bullet drop to seem to disappear (due to the player tending to engage at closer ranges), although it is still present. The 6x and 12x scopes magnify the bullet drop as well as the target.
The M24 is best suited for medium-long range combat, being able to easily win in a firefight at that distance. Its high magnification scope also means that spotting enemies with the weapon is very easy. The M24 has limited effectiveness in close quarters because of the low fire rate, however the target will be killed if hit with one shot. Because of its effectiveness, new players may find this the easiest sniper rifle to get used to and many players continue to use this as their main sniper rifle even after unlocking all the other Recon weapons.
The M24, GOL, L96A1, M82A3, and the M95 are the only sniper rifles that can kill with only one headshot at any range.
- Unlike it's in-game stats in Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the M24 does the same damage as the SV98 and the GOL (100-50). Its only difference between them is its accuracy and fire rate. It is more accurate than the SV98, but slower firing than it - as well as having half the magazine size. It can fire faster than the GOL Magnum, but the GOL's accuracy is superior.
- In first person view, the M24's scope is camouflaged together with same style as the rifle. However, the scope on the weapon\kit pickup appears to be black.
- In Battlefield Play4Free, the Veteran M24 and Elite M24 were originally separate variations of the default M24, different firing rates and values. Like most other Veteran and Elite weapons, they were later made into skins, only differing ascetically.