The Strike Dual topped with a NightForce riflescope paired nicely…

The Strike Dual topped with a NightForce riflescope paired nicely with a Knight’s NVD

As a magazine editor and writer for the past 25 years, I’ve learned the utility of pursuing a story with persistence that rivals a pit bull, but the bone I dig up isn’t always the one I’m after. That is just what happened when I stumbled upon the Drake Strike 33 sniper rifle.

Early last spring, I joined several gun writers for a few days testing new Remington weapons at Gunsite Academy in Arizona. One of the rifles I fired was the new XM2010 sniper system. From my limited trigger time, I was able to collect enough information for a very short article. Obviously, magazine articles need photos, and I had to track down an XM2010 so high-quality photos could be taken. The problem was, Remington had built only one XM2010 and it wasn’t available. Time for “Plan B.”

Through my research, I learned that Remington Defense had worked in cooperation with Cadex Defence to create a rifle chassis system and build the first XM2010 prototypes. Somewhere along the way, Remington decided to part company with Cadex and produce the chassis system in-house. I figured that Cadex might have a leftover prototype of the XM2010 lying around. I was wrong, but I did learn that Cadex improved their initial designs of the XM2010 chassis system to a third-generation model. Cadex then collaborated with Drake Associates in Long Island, New York, to offer a series of bolt-action sniper systems. The Drake Strike 33 is essentially a commercially available upgraded version of the XM2010, which is proving highly popular with law enforcement agencies seeking a highly accurate long-range sniper system.

Adopted in 1988, the M24 SWS is the basis for the M24 Enhanced Sniper Rifle. Drake Associates’ new strike dual is a three-generation jump from the system


To get a fix on the Strike Dual, it’s beneficial to take a look at the history of Remington’s XM2010. The U.S. Army issued a solicitation in May 2009 for reconfiguring the M24 Sniper Weapon System (SWS) currently in the Army’s inventory. It was determined that the 7.62 NATO cartridge that the M24 was chambered for couldn’t reach far enough for the sniping roles encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To build what would become the M24E1, the M24SWS would be rebarreled and re­chambered to accurately fire the Mk 248 Mod 1 .300 Winchester round. The Mk 248 is the match-grade .300 Winchester Magnum that was developed with a 220-grain Sierra Match King bullet fired at 2,850 fps.This ammo was initially developed for the U.S. Navy’s Mk. 13 MOD 5 and was specified to increase the maximum effective range oWf .300 Winchester Magnum sniper rifle systems to 1,500 yards, decrease wind drift, reduce muzzle flash and remain temperature stable from -25 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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