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Old July 3, 2019, 06:26 AM   #11
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Interesting. But, does 6.8 SPC offer enough improvement for the Gov't to retire or refit all their m16's and m4's?
It sounds to me like the Gov't is looking for a replacement for the current weapons, and while they're at it chambering those weapons in a new cartridge.

The search for better small arms and ammunition has progressed to the point that submission of new firearm prototypes for military consideration closed May 30, 2019, however. Bid samples from three selected finalists are due on Aug. 30, 2019.

“…each Offeror developing two weapon variants and a common cartridge for both weapons, utilizing Government provided 6.8 millimeter projectiles. The weapons include the Next Generation Squad Weapon-Rifle (NGSW-R) and the Next Generation Squad Weapon-Automatic Rifle (NGSW-AR). The NGSW-R is the planned replacement for the M4/M4A1 Carbine and the NGSW-AR is the planned replacement for the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) in the Automatic Rifleman Role in Brigade Combat Teams (BCT).”

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