A readers brought this article from Soldier Systems to my attention ah hour or so ago. It reports on the SOCOM program for new small arms. AKA wasting our taxes on another XM8 type boondoggle. To say I am skeptical about this entire thing would be an understatement in the extreme.
“The most significant lethality efforts revolve around the adoption of the 6.5 Creedmoor and .338 Norma Mag cartridges which offer overmatch against threat small arms, allowing SOF operators to provide accurate fire at longer ranges than before.
There it is, everyone’s favorite bullshit buzzward that essentially means anything they want it to mean to get more money to waste. That post Army retirement job at SIG is counting on it!
COL Babbitt stated, “The 7.62 round we were previously using allowed engagement out to 7-800 meters, while the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge goes out to 1200 meters.” Likewise, he is excited about .338 NM which offers .50 ranges from a package the size and weight of a 7.52 machine gun.
No comment from him about actually training the users to actually take advantage of this new extended range. Just ignore that 99 percent of the Army would have trouble making a hit at 500 yards.
As far as adoption of ammunition in 6.5 CM, SOCOM is pursuing three courses of action. First, it has developed a government Technical Data Package for a ball round which is being assembled using commercial components. Second, they are purchasing and evaluating “best of breed” cartridges in this caliber. This COA is being used to inform development of other types of rounds such as Armor Piercing. Finally, the command is working with Lake City Army Ammunition Plant to manufacture the ammunition to the TDP.
REad that as ” lowly civilians won’t be able to buy the new service cartridge thank God”
In other ammunition news, SOCOM is looking at alternative types of ammunition construction to reduce weight 20-30% from current brass case weight. They’ve already looked at .50 and are expanding the search which includes such constructions as polymer, steel and hybrid.
Two weapons development programs currently leverage the capabilities of 6.5 CM, Medium Range Gas Gun – Assault and and Lightweight Machine Gun – Assault. These are slight name changes from previous years.
The MRGG-A requirement is a sniper support rifle unique to Naval Special Warfare. Utilizing Mid-Tier Acquisition strategy, the program is underway.
Interestingly, during a media Q&A session, COL Babbitt revealed that the Lightweight Machine Gun – Assault is currently on hold, pending the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon program which promises to field a carbine and automatic rifle (think Squad Automatic Weapon) in a new 6.8mm cartridge offering similar ballistic parameters to the commercial 270 Win Mag.” LOL!
Blah Blah Blah, bullshit bullshit bullshit. Buy more stuff to fail at curing a skill problem. Whatever.
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