Did you know it has been documented that U.S. infantrymen rarely use automatic capability(if available) in modern combat?
I think weapon accuracy and sighting aids have gotten to the point that burst or full auto is really not needed unless we're talking about a SAW used for suppressive fire.
A lot of the videos I've seen of soldiers in battle makes it seem like any engagements are rather drawn out and shot placement is more important. They carry up to what? 6? 30 round magazines on a full load out? That would go by quick with 3 round burst.
If I remember correctly, the whole reason for the military move to the H&K line of AR-15 / M-16 platform weapons, was because the SEALS wanted the ability of the H&K to be able to immediately fire after complete submersion in water. Something the SEALS do with their weapons on a regular basis. Standard D.I. driven M-16's explode if they are fired with water in the gas tube. (There are videos of H&K testing the 416 in this regard against D.I. M-16 weapons).
For civilians this gun is much like everything else that comes from the Elve's in the Black Forest.... Overpriced to the Moon. The best price I've seen on a semi auto civilian 416, (MR-556 A-5), was in the neighborhood of $3,000.00 out the door. That is completely insane for a gun that won't do anything better than a $450.00 AR-15, except get into action faster after you emerge from your swimming pool with it. I'm not knocking H&K's products. They build good weapons. But their prices, coupled with their lousy, "go screw yourself", customer attitude, doesn't make me jump up and down to give them my hard earned money.
Loc: Douglas County, Colorado
Just a guess, but I think maybe a little more range (longer barrel)over the M4, and the perceived ability for better reliability in a sustained firefight might have played into this, also. Marines like riflemen. There was one large firefight in Afghanistan where weapons reliability was questioned. It was later "semi" determined that may not have been the issue(possibly operator error), but...
"An M27 reportedly costs around $3,000. “The price for that rifle is comparable to what we paid for the M4s the riflemen currently have,” Chief Warrant Officer 5 Christian P. Wade, 2nd Marine Division Gunner, told Military.com.
Loc: Occupied Virginia
Can someone please educate me in a sentence or two?
What can the M27 do (beyond the gas tube vs. piston design) that the M4 and M16 can't do, and vice versa? Or is it just more of an improved refresh of the current weapons because all the M4s and M16s are at their end of life and their shortcomings are well known at this point?
Can someone please educate me in a sentence or two? What can the M27 do (beyond the gas tube vs. piston design) that the M4 and M16 can't do, and vice versa?
1.) Run cooler with a suppressor. 2.) Can be fired immediately after submersion without the danger of damage. 3.) Stay cleaner longer because of it's gas piston design. (Especially the Bolt Carrier Group and chamber area).
Loc: South Florida
Free floated barrel, so it will be more accurate than non-free floated (in theory). Although the gas piston harmonics are likely to throw off accuracy a bit compared to direct impingement.
Gas piston design IS better than direct impingement on a properly designed system. Less stoppages, and more reliable without lube in long term engagements. Keeps the hot gas out of the action, which is a good thing.
This is a good choice for the Marines. I'm glad to see that they are using their brains for once, instead of being stuck in the military rut, like the Army is. They are also issuing the new Gen 3 Magpul PMAG window as their new combat magazine, which is way better than the Army's enhanced GI mag, which isn't enhanced at all. Its a turd. The new Army GI mag is less reliable than the old GI mag.
As to the $3000 cost of current M4's, that's a far stretch. Those guns are about $500 to the GOVT. Including accessories, spare parts, ammo AND training, the cost could be calculated at $3000 per, but that's odd math.
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