At great expense, the Army buys new and upgraded laptops every few years…why can’t it replace the M4 with newer and better designs?
According to a survey by the Center for Naval Analyses on 2,608 troops who had actually fired their M4s in combat, 19 percent of M4 users reported stoppages. 47 percent of the M4 users experienced failures of their magazines to feed. This means that under battlefield conditions, there’s almost a 1 in 5 chance that your M4 will malfunction, and a 1 in 2 chance that you’ll experience a failure to feed!
In July 2007, the U.S. Army announced a limited competition between the M4 carbine, FN SCAR, HK416, XCR, and the HK XM8. Ten examples of each of the four competitors were involved. Each weapon fired 6,000 rounds in an extreme dust environment. The XM8 scored the best, with only 127 stoppages in 60,000 total rounds, the FN SCAR Light had 226 stoppages, while the HK416 had 233 stoppages. The M4 carbine scored far worse than the rest of the field with 882 stoppages.
The controversies with the M4 continue, but the corporate fatcats at Colt seem to be experts at greasing the wheels in the Army procurement office. So our soldiers will continue to get better laptops, but not better rifles.
Ahahahahaha it’s like you didn’t even read the fucking report.
Most of the stoppages in the test were caused by faulty magazines, while the other weapons were using new magazines, fresh from the manufacturer. The HK416 actually scored the highest in the number of real, internal stoppages that could not be fixed on the battlefield- with the M4 coming near last for those. There were more problems with internal consistency during the test, but I can’t remember the specifics. There’s a reason the Army disavowed the test as innacurate.
The myth and rumor that direct impingement is inferior to a piston-driven system like in the Mk.16 or a piston-stuck-in-a-DI-gun-oh-shit-what-are-you-doing system like in the HK416 is simply false. It stems from the faulty prototypes in Vietnam, bad magazines from the STANAG project’s infancy, and idiots pretending they know about mechanical engineering.
The reason we don’t replace the AR is because none of the other rifles offered can be distributed on a decent timetable, without going over budget, and without retraining vast swathes of the military to their use. They’re useful in SOF, but little more.
And piston-driven AR’s are just completely retarded. Muh carrier tilt for no increased internal reliability. The only real advantage they have is a suppressor can be affixed on an extremely short barrel.
switzerland is my favorite part of europe youve got this bullshit triple entente shit to your left and the entire goddamn triple alliance to your right and youre sitting there just outside the battlefield switzerland does not have time for your world war 1 crap switzerland is strong
They avoided getting involved with their natural mountain defenses and the fact that, well
A HUGE PORTION of their populous had rifle training with the possible estimate of every household in the country owning a rifle, meaning that despite its relatively small official army, every citizen had the ability to defend themselves and the training to do it with.
When the Kaiser of Germany in World War I, during a demonstration of military maneuvers, asked a guest of the Swiss government what their 500,000 strong Swiss army could do against a 1,000,000 man Germany army
The guest promptly replied
"Shoot twice and go home"
To demonstrate how fucking crazy awesome Switzerland is, they also apparently have 300,000 detonation points across the country so that in the case that they do get invaded they can cripple infrastructure to prevent their enemies from using it.
i fear switzerland
One day Switzerland is going to snap and then before anyone knows what’s going on this tiny ass country will have taken over all of Europe.