Saturday, June 3, 2017

The U.S. Army Wants A New Rifle

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William A. Tanner

Popular Mechanics: Three Rifles That Could Replace the Army's M4A1 Carbine

The Army is "taking a hard look" at new arms for soldiers.

In new comments to the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milleyhas said the Army is "taking a hard look" at a new German assault rifle and other designs to replace its existing weapons.

The M4A1 carbine is currently issued to U.S. Army combat troops worldwide. A descendant of the original M16 rifle, the M4A1 has a 14.5" barrel, is chambered for the 5.56-millimeter round, and weighs approximately nine pounds when fully equipped with optics, lasers, foregrips, and other attachments. There are concerns in Congress, however, that the M4A1 could not penetrate modern Russian body armor, which is what prompted Milley's comment.

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More News On The U.S. Army's Search For A Better Rifle

Army to Gunmakers: Show Us a New 7.62mm Service Rifle --
The U.S. Army Is Playing 'Transformers' with One of Its Most Lethal Rifles -- National Interest
US Army chief: The infantry needs a new 7.62 mm rifle -- Business Insider
Lawmakers press for better rifles, bigger bullets for soldiers, Marines -- Army Times
Here’s What Gen Scales Thinks The Next Infantry Rifle Should Look Like -- Task & Purpose
Retired Generals to Lawmakers: Infantrymen Need a More Powerful Rifle -- Kit Up
U.S. sending infantry into battle with ‘inferior small arms,’ says retired general --
U.S. Army On The Hunt For A New Rifle: Potential Winners -- Seeking Alpha
5 Things To Know About The Army’s Plan To Pick A New Rifle -- Task & Purpose
Here’s What The Future Of The Army’s Small-Arms Program Looks Like -- Task & Purpose
Chief: The Army has developed a bullet that penetrates 5.56 mm-resistant body armor -- Army Times

1 comment:

TWN said...

Level 3 Body Armor will stop a 7.62 Nato round and a 30-06 and a 300win mag. The new Russian body armor will stop it also, . The real reason could be that the Lads coming back from the Mideast have complained the 5.56 doesn't put their un-armored opponents down with one shot.If this is the case the question might arise, why the hell did Army drop the 7.62 in the first place, morons. I trained first with the FNC1 in 7.62, and finished up with the C7/M16 if given a choice I would go with the US M14 in 7.62, I owned a couple and they are sweet.