As for the caliber piece, the USMC said in public April this year that their next service rifle would not be an M4 and would not be in caliber 5.56mm. This a case could be made for an IAR-style service rifle in a superior caliber, one that extended the MER by another 200+ meters. The 6.5mm caliber is getting A LOT of attn in the DoD and SOF community and projects have been launched this month for purpose-built rifles in the same size and weight class as the M4 firing 6.5mm cartridges assembled in lightweight polymer cases. I predict in 2017 6.5mm ammo and rifles will be fielded in limited numbers as a start.
The US Army Small Arms Ammunition Configuration (SAAC) Study will be completed soon. It will help to select the next caliber and cartridge for future rifles and LMG's. All the latest studies in the US, Canada and UK point towards 6.5mm and other countries would like to replace 5.56 as well.
It also does not hurt that retired USMC GEN Mattis - currently reported as the leading candidate for Sec Def under POTUS Trump, once wrote an email to his Marine Corps generals that he thought it was time the Marine increased the caliber of their service rifle (after visiting with a marine Infantry officer in Bethesda who was wounded by an insurgent who took multiple hits with 5.56mm and kept on coming.) The Marines even conducted an assessment on various intermediate calibers showing each outperformed 5.56mm. Apply their MK318 SOST bullet to a 6.5x48mm polymer-cased round and you have a cartridge that outperforms 7.62mm NATO in a platform very close to the form factor of a 5.56mm M4.
The history of US military small arms are always directly linked to the VIP decision makers. With Trump promising to focus on the military and intelligence community (and look at his first few selections) to go after ISIS you need the best equipped ground forces to get this done. The AR-15/M16 and .223/5.56mm round were only adopted because the Sec Def then and even the POTUS weighed in.
It will be interesting times for sure during these next 4 years.
Last edited by G3Kurz; 11-20-2016 at 10:12 PM.
Something like this would be great!
(Perhaps in the 6.5mm if they go that route)
What's the difference between an M27 and a G38?
HK-91, HK-93, USC/UMP Conversion, SL8, G36C, HK45, HK45C, VP9, P30L, USPC 9mm, DJ Getz 94, Omega MP5SD, Vector 53, Vector 51, Cetme Sporter, C93, C93 Pistol, TD-415 (416 Clone), GSG9 416C clone.
It was developed for 16.5" barrels and no issues there.
It has also been fired in 11.5 and 14.5 inch barrels.
Can anyone call BS on the $3000?
Last I heard, LE pricing was around $1600, but that may not be true anymore.