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Originally posted by Silent ProfessionalI can still remember the outcry when they changed to the M16A2 with a 7 to 1 barrel twist over the M16A1 with a 5 to 1 barrel twist.
Originally posted by Winchester Ranger T
Forgot to add, that is one sweet assault rifle, and finally it's in an effective caliber and made by a top grade manufacturer.
Originally posted by M6D
may i ask, if the 5.56 is apprenty so deadly to you...why did a certain delta force operator in the battle of somalia or whatever it was called, use a M14 specifically because he knew a 5.56 wouldnt do the job?
Originally posted by MrMordenThat's funny, "finally an effective caliber."
The M193 5.56mm round has greater lethality and wounding potential the the military ball 7.62mm round at ranges under 200m. The fragmentation potential of the 5.56mm round is well-documented and highly lethal.
As for the rifle, big deal, it's another M16 variant. I love the AR-15/M-16 family (I own three), but it will take something more radical than a moderate ammo change and re-tool to make a "next generation" rifle for the military.
The XM-8 is the best candidate I've seen yet.
Originally posted by Winchester Ranger T People hit with 7.62mm tend to fall over and not get up - ever. But, it does have a fair amount of kick, and requires a heavier rifle accompanied by a lighter load of ammunition (because of the bigger, heavier rounds).
Originally posted by Char2c35t
xm-8 needs to be 6.8mm
Originally posted by PaddyInf Fritzy I've said it before and i'll say it again, the SLR is gone mate.
Keep 5.56mm as a rifle and LMG round, and employ 7.62mm at section level in the medium support role.
Oh wait, that's what we're doing now...