ManufacturingThe XM2 was manufactured during the Cold War by the CIA. It was manufactured in secret, and not even President John F. Kennedy knew of it. Area 51 housed the XM2, and creation began immediately after the zombie outbreaks in Cuba and Vietnam. After completion, it was given to CIA special agents.
The XM2 was in service from 1948 to 1967. During its service, it saw little actual combat. During that time, the CIA was using the Enfield and Famas in large numbers instead of the XM2. Even with little service, the XM2 made its mark in Central Intelligence Agency history.
VersionsThere were multiple versions of the XM2 created. They are as follows:
- XM2-A1 - Larger magazines, increased accuracy
- XM2-A2 - Larger magazines, increased accuracy, available attachments, grenade launcher
- XM2-B1 - Larger magazines, increased accuracy, grenade launcher, more available attachments
- XM2-L - Light variant
- XM2-C - Carbine variant
AttachmentsThese following attachments could be added to the XM2-B1:
- Red Dot Sight
- Reflex Sight
- ACOG Sight
- Infrared Scope
- Extended Magazines
- Dual Magazines
- Grenade Launcher
The XM2 and all the XM2 variants were retired officially in 1967 due to more advanced weaponry. All XM2s were recalled and destroyed in Area 51. However, some models still remain in the CIA museum.