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September 27, 2008

End of the M4 era? [krakatoa]

The Army is accepting nominations for the next carbine, and doesn't appear to be excluding any options.

In late August, the Army issued a solicitation to the arms industry asking companies to submit proposals that would demonstrate "improvements in individual weapon performance in the areas of accuracy and dispersion ... reliability and durability in all environments, modularity and terminal performance."

And in a dramatic gesture that could throw the door wide open to a totally new carbine, the service did not constrain ideas to the current 5.56mm round used in the M4.

Now if someone can figure out a way to miniaturize the technology and create a shoulder fired SWAFLB(A)*, we will be cooking with fire.


* Prototype: Sharks, With A Frick'n Laser Beam (Attached)

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