Posts Tagged ‘M-4’

Army May Look to ‘Modular’ Future Carbine

December 8, 2008
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The  U.S. Army is starting to shop around for a new weapon to replace the M4 carbine, writes Danger Room’s Noah Schachtman. Earlier this month, the service held an invitation-only expo in Arlington, Va., for small arms manufacturers to get a feel for what kind of small arms technology is currently on the market.

Several major gun manufacturers took part in the industry day, including Heckler & Koch, FN Herstal, Colt Defense, Sig Sauer and Smith & Wesson. But smaller outfits like Precision Reflex (a maker of accessories for the AR15/M16) and Barrett Firearms (best known as a manufacturer of a .50-caliber sniper rifle) also took part.

Will Army Drop M-4?

November 24, 2008

 

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After pressure from Congress — and a scathing cover story in Army Times — it looks as if the Army may finally part ways with the M4 carbine — or at least consider the alternatives, writes Nathan Hodge at Wired.com.

Last week, the service held an invitation-only expo in Arlington, Va., for small arms manufacturers. The event, according to an Army news release, allowed top brass “to get a look at what technology is available from weapons manufacturers in the way of small arms — in particular, for something that could be a follow-on to the M4 carbine.”

Army (might) Abandon “Leap” for M4 Replacement

September 22, 2008
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In a move that could reverse years of Army small arms policy, the service is asking industry to send in ideas for a new combat rifle that could replace the M4 carbine.

In late August, the Army issued a solicitation to the arms industry asking companies to submit proposals that would demonstrate “improvements in individual weapon performance in the areas of accuracy and dispersion … reliability and durability in all environments, modularity and terminal performance.”

And in a dramatic gesture that could throw the door wide open to a totally new carbine, the service did not constrain ideas to the current 5.56mm round used in the M4.

“We’re at the point now where we’re going to go out and compete,” said Richard Audette, project manager for Soldier weapons at the Army’s Picatinny Arsenal.

“We’re looking for anyone that has a world-class carbine,” Audette told Military.com in a Sept 15 interview. “We’re interested in any new technologies out there.”

Read the complete article at DefenseTech