The world, pretty much, has agreed that the M-4 platform is the way to go. And with much gnashing of teeth, we have agreed that 5.56mm is the preferred caliber. But is it the best?
So, last evening, Mr Garabaldi, and I were discussing assorted things, to include World War One German merchant raiders. Cause that's the life of a gun blogger, folks. It ain't all hot chicks and free guns.
Ah, sorry, I digressed there for a minute. So, AR's. Legos for men. But is 5.56mm the best climber for Joe's weapon?
In short, yes and no. I think it would be just fine if issued in a rifle length platform. Or issued with something other than 62 grn semi armor piercing bullshit developed for an impossibly stupid requirement against a threat that no longer exists in the original form.
I'm a big proponent of a rifle, rifle I say, in 5.56mm shooting 77grn Sierra MatchKings in a barrel with 1/7 twist rate. Because fuck you and your man dress, Haji.
But that doesn't run well surpassed. And it's really hard to move around in a Up-Armored Humvee with a damn musket. 18 year old PFC Mack can attest to that fact.
So, maybe we need a platform with something like an 11.5 inch barrel shooting .300 JDJ (SCREW YOU REMINGTON) for room clearing urban environments where we are either vehicle mounted or fast roping out the side of a Blackhawk. Oakleys not included.
And damn. What if we are fighting some Iranian trained insurgents wearing surplus Russian body armor in Syria. Then that old 6.8 SPC II seems mighty fine. And you will never convince me that a Barrett REC-7, shooting 115 OTM, with a KAC Masterkey underneath isn't the best weapon ever devised since John Garand got around the Army not wanting a detachable box mag.
The AR platform is pretty damn effective. And thanks to its modularity it can be tailored to any situation that arises.
But unfortunately, the DOD seems to think the pistol is where Joe and Jane should have modularity. And that's the dumbest damn thing done in the name of jointness since Robert Strange tried to make the F-111 a carrier based interceptor.
And hell, at the end of the day, 55 grn M193 out of an 18" barrel is pretty damn devastating on soft flesh. Maybe we should go back to that. And do away with that dumb ass three round burst while we're at it.
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