Saturday, November 19, 2016

M27 to become the USMC's standard service rifle?

Thanks to William for the link!

On the heels of a widely praised 2015 decision to issue the more maneuverable M4 carbine in lieu of the M16A4 to Marines in infantry battalions, the Marine Corps may be on the cusp of another major weapons decision.
The Marine Corps' experimental battalion, the California-based 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, has been conducting pre-deployment exercises with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle to evaluate it as the new service rifle for infantry battalions, the commander of 1st Marine Division, Maj. Gen. Daniel O'Donohue told Thursday.
I like it but I wonder.  The IAR was a curious thing...the selection of the M27 to fill that role was even more curious (in my opinion the Ultimax was far superior).  Additionally the US Army is supposedly working on improving the M4 to make it almost the equal of the M27.

So I honestly don't know.  I do like it but its showing a bit of a Helter-Skelter approach with regard to our weapons procurement.

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