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Old July 3, 2019, 06:42 PM   #18
Bartholomew Roberts
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The stated purpose is to defeat any body armor currently fielded or scheduled to be fielded near-term at 600m.

Circa 1952, Hitchman’s Operational Requirements of an Infantry Hand Weapon determined that the chance of even observing an enemy soldier at ranges greater than 300m was less than 10%.

So, one question I’d have is have our technological advances (and there are certainly a few in this area) changed that to where 600m is a realistic requirement? Because you are going to pay a lot (in terms of rate of fire, basic load, weapon life, and onboard ammo) for that extra 300m of capability.

Thermal and optics certainly increase ranges; but microterrain is still a factor and camouflage has advanced as well.
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