posted on Jun, 1 2005 @ 10:38 PM
It has no performance gains over the M16 series.
The XM-8 program has been put on hold in order for the Pentagon to solicite bids from other arms makers. There is no word on when the program will be
Personally/professionally speaking...we don't need it. The M16 series can just as easily be configured into all the XM8 varieties; Rifle, carbine,
squad auto, long range etc. by simply replacing the upper assembly with the needed barrel set-up. The XM8 has no more range, no more accuracy, no more
ammunition capacity, no more versatility...than the M16 series.
Before you say it...the M16 has come a loooong way since Winchester screwed up the powder requirements in 1965, which started the legend of the
malfunctioning rifle. However, today's M16 is one of the most reliable weapon systems in the world...you take care of it, it will take care of you.
Everyone here can agree that the IDF are a very savvy fighting force, and they love the M16A2 family....that is quite an endorsement of the rifle.
Yes, I have done my time in Iraq's dust, dirt, mud, and rain, and will tell you that I NEVER had a malfunction, and neither did anyone in my
I do have an improvement though, which I have suggested to Ordnance many times. Reduce the twist rate back to the original 1-12", go back the 55gr
bullet, and replace the gas tube with an inexpensive piston/op-rod assembly. Rather than spend gawdaful amounts of defense dollars aqquiring a totally
new weapon system ...guesstimated at over $700 a copy... my changes might cost around $225 per rifle.
Sweeeeeeeet 16 baby