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The Army is looking for a rifle to replace the m16

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Unread 02-02-2011, 07:47 PM
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The Army is looking for a rifle to replace the m16

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Army is interested in replacing the M16/M4.

Army Sets Sights on New Rifle - WSJ.com

Since there are former military personal on the forum I was wondering what they think the rifle should be or what features it should have. Should the new rifle be a battle rifle or an assault rifle?
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    Re: The Army is looking for a rifle to replace the m16

    These stories have been running off and on for years. Big Army isn't going to change its main rifle for at least another 15-20 years. Especially with the drawdowns coming, there's not going to be any money for "nice-to-have's." The combat for the foreseeable future is going to be largely MOOTW and MOUT, so I say a compact, accurate, carbine will best fit the bill. It needs to have a Pic rail for QD optics - from Aimpoints to scopes to lasers and NVD. Kinda like the M4.
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    Re: The Army is looking for a rifle to replace the m16

    They already have a replacement. It's called the m14...
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    Re: The Army is looking for a rifle to replace the m16

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    They already have a replacement. It's called the m14...
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    It is still the finest assault rifle made and if it were used /brought back it would change things
    in Afghanistan.

    The military has bought up all of the tooling , so they must be considering to use it or keep it
    from everyone else.

    For close combat, a shorter more compact rifle is better, but at any distance the m 14 would be my choice.

    As usual our government wants to re invent the wheel.

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    Re: The Army is looking for a rifle to replace the m16

    Saw on the web at the shot show a company in calf. has a 50 cal. bulpup coming out in several mounts with the recoil of a 30/06
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    Re: The Army is looking for a rifle to replace the m16

    I'm a huge M14 fan, but I see it more as a stop gap than anything else. The ARMY is going to replace the M4 its going to happen its in the works.

    That said there is nothing wrong with the M4/M16 platform they are running now that will not or is not being addressed by the carbine upgrade program.
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    Re: The Army is looking for a rifle to replace the m16

    ...took em long enough.
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