posted on Mar, 9 2014 @ 06:10 PM
Why would everyone on this forum take the monumental step backwards it would be to go to a full power rifle cartridge or a 7.92x33/7.62x39?
The world is moving on, and technology for darn sure has moved on since then! It's now possible to package the same lethality out to 800 meters in a
DMR and better than a klick from a GPMG with something in a package with a total weight not much more than a 5.56 m855 round!
Now when you factor in that body armor is becoming basically ubiquitous and extraordinarily cheap even bought one set at a time, and you are in a
situation where NOTHING currently on the market or that was used before will really be adequate for the situations we face tomorrow.
This is one thing I've never understood about the firearms and military technology world... the bizarre clinging to technology that was past it's
prime when our GRANDFATHERS used it 4 wars ago!
The solutions are out there. And to be honest they aren't all that difficult, radical, or complicated enough to justify the seeming willingness to do
ANYTHING other than accept that the world has changed and our tools need to change with it.
The recursiveness and clinging to nostalgic weapons of yore is part of why we see the current crop of western firearms which are pretty obviously
getting less and less effective, reliable, and lightweight with every passing year.
Meanwhile the Russians have moved on! They can build a truly man portable 1000 meter plus beaten zone GPMG with a service life of better than 50
thousand rounds without resorting to titanium receivers or weapons that require thousands of milling operations and build techniques borrowed from the
damn space program!
We need to take a step back and truly LOOK at where things are going and what we need to be the top dog when they get there! because if we don't
we're going to be in serious trouble! As of right now we're already in serious trouble in the small arms field! Plainly put both the russians and
chinese and can put out a squad or platoon weapon set that out distances us, out throw weights us, weighs a FRACTION of what our kit weighs, and does
all this while costing less than a QUARTER of what it costs us to outfit a platoon with guns!
I believe I have some of the solutions at least somewhat figured out, but I"m just one guy trying to find solutions out of my own pocket while trying
to finish my engineering degree at the same time. The solutions are out there though, they aren't hard, they're cheaper than what we're doing now,
and we could have them ready to field in under 18 months if anyone was interested.