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A good read. I love my M4 to death, and I'll probably never get rid of it. Regardless, this is a good read.

In February 2007, “2006 Carbine Competition: What Happened, Revealed†discussed an Army solicitation for competitive procurement of 5.56mm carbines, which was withdrawn once sole-source incumbent Colt dropped its prices...

here have been sporadic attempts to field more modern weapons during its tenure, including the unwieldy 20-or-so pound, 2 barrel, “someone watched Predator too many times†XM-29 OICW, and more recently the aborted contract for the G36-derived XM-8 weapon family from Heckler & Koch. Still, the M4’s designers could never sing B.B. King’s famous tune....

The FN-SCAR is a “live†program, and July 2007 marked the beginning of Special Operations Command’s operational tests of the FN-SCAR 5.56mm Mk16 and the 7.62mm Mk17, which could become its future mainstays.
Click the link to read the very long article: http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/the ... 51#weapons
 

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1) People were predicting the demise of the M 16 series of rifles since Robert McNamara approved fielding them in Vietnam generations ago
2) Since Al Gore invented the internet, the first thing that went across it was porn. The second thing that went across it was dire warnings of the M16 series of rifles demise.
3) The military buying 5-10 thousand of anything is meaningless
 

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Yeah, I don't think the M16 is going anywhere, at least not anytime soon.

I would like to see a dedicated squad marksman carrying an M14 in certain terrain, though. I think that would be helpful.
 

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Yeah, I don't think the M16 is going anywhere, at least not anytime soon.

I would like to see a dedicated squad marksman carrying an M14 in certain terrain, though. I think that would be helpful.
I think the DSM should carry an AR-10, mostly so that from any appreciable distance he doesn't look different than the other soldiers in his unit. Looking different usually equals getting shot in a combat zone
 

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Ashe said:
EJR914 said:
Yeah, I don't think the M16 is going anywhere, at least not anytime soon.

I would like to see a dedicated squad marksman carrying an M14 in certain terrain, though. I think that would be helpful.
I think the DSM should carry an AR-10, mostly so that from any appreciable distance he doesn't look different than the other soldiers in his unit. Looking different usually equals getting shot in a combat zone
Interesting.
 

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Ashe said:
EJR914 said:
Yeah, I don't think the M16 is going anywhere, at least not anytime soon.

I would like to see a dedicated squad marksman carrying an M14 in certain terrain, though. I think that would be helpful.
I think the DSM should carry an AR-10, mostly so that from any appreciable distance he doesn't look different than the other soldiers in his unit. Looking different usually equals getting shot in a combat zone
That's a very good point. Then the OPFOR couldn't specifically target the DSM, in order to pick off the rest of the squad after he's wounded or killed.

I completely agree.
 
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