Like any huge government bureaucracy, the U.S. military tends to be slow to change. They kept the same pistol from 1911 until 1985. They’ve basically been running variants of the M16 in most roles since the Vietnam war. So when we say that the Army’s choice of a new squad rifle is a “once in a lifetime” piece of news, that isn’t much of an exaggeration.
Yesterday they announced the culmination of a years-long process with the adoption of the new MCX-SPEAR XM5 rifle (which will replace the M4 over time) and SIG-LMG M250 machine gun (replacing the M249 SAW).
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