Marine Rifle Company Goes Quiet

A very interesting article here, “US Marine unit in Norway first to deploy with rifle suppressors”:

When Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, arrived here in January, they weren’t just beginning a brand-new rotational deployment. They were also the first Marine Corps infantry unit to deploy with suppressors on every individual service weapon.

And three months into using suppressed weapons in every exercise and live-fire training event, Marines who spoke with Military.com say they never want to go back.

In November, Military.com broke the news that the Corps was embarking on a proof-of-concept effort to silence every weapon in an infantry battalion, from M4 service rifles to .50 caliber machine guns.

Now, there comes a cost. The laws of physics, like those of economics, are not to be ignored:

They get very hot when used, and can burn skin and clothing if not handled with care. They must be cleaned properly in order to stay effective. They add a pound or so of weight to the rifle, and the current model occasionally comes loose from the rifle muzzle, said Staff Sgt. Nelson Acevedo, platoon sergeant for Bravo’s 3rd Platoon.

The Marine Corps is going to learn quite a bit from this little company-sized deployment. That being said, let’s give the last word to the Commandant:

Asked about the status of evaluation at the end of March, Commandant Gen. Robert Neller told Military.com he is worried about both cost and weight when evaluating the possibility of issuing suppressors to infantrymen.

“The cost to kit out an infantry Marine used to be a couple thousand bucks; now it’s like $7,500. I’ve got to store this stuff, they’ve got to carry this stuff. I’m trying to make the load lighter, not heavier,” he said. “But it’s a tool … every action has a side-effect, but we’ll work through all that.”

 

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VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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One Response to Marine Rifle Company Goes Quiet

  1. slater says:

    The individual hand receipt is pretty ridiculous…you’d think being mounted would give you less crap, no, you get the infantry crap plus more crap. My Clothing record was in excess of 8k. I had issues during test requirements when we were signing down 20K worth of electronics to privates and my Platoon Sergeant said to me: Sir, have you seen your clothing record, they have the same shit, what’s another 15-20k?

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