USMC and SOCOM seeking lightweight Ma Deuce replacement

by mcassill, Thursday, May 18, 2017, 09:58 (572 days ago)

It appears DOD is getting ready to spend a big pile of $$ on small arms in the next few years. In recent weeks we've seen the Army and USMC announce studies of a new service round, and a USMC solicitation for a new rifle design to fire it. The Marines have also been buying a sizable number of M27s as what appears to be a partial stopgap replacement for the M4 in Marine infantry units. Now comes word that USMC and SOCOM are seeking a belt-fed .338 magnum weighing under 24 pounds and capable of engaging point targets at ranges past 2000 meters. It will be interesting to see the finished product on that one!

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