Weapons Weapons: Army Chief Wants a 7.62 M4

(Have we not been discussing this recently?)

Kited slightly from the good Mr Slater, GEN Milley says he needs a bigger round to defeat enemy body armor:

Milley told lawmakers Army officials at the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, have developed a new 7.62mm round to solve the problem.

“We have developed a pretty effective round down at Fort Benning,” he said. “We know we have a bullet that can penetrate these new plates.”

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, asked if the new bullet will require a new rifle.

Milley said, “It might but probably not,” adding that weapons can be chambered for various calibers.

However, the M4 would require a new barrel, bolt carrier group, buffer system in addition to a new lower receiver to shoot 7.62mm ammo, experts maintain.

Oh, and don’t forget the magazines! And the pouches to carry them. So in other words, yeah, it’ll need a new rifle. And the soldier-ettes will surely complain about the weight and the increased recoil. (Oh, yes they will!)

I will not argue with the good General that we need a better man-stopping round, but hasn’t the small arms industry spent the better part of the last twenty years developing and producing the 6.5, the 6.8, and now the 300 Blackout? Not to mention the good old 7.62×39?

Coda: I vote for any one of those three calibers mentioned above. Why? Better stopping power, yes, but not over-powered and more to the point, can use the same lowers and the same magazines as the current M4. The little ripple effects matter.

About vmijpp

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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2 Responses to Weapons Weapons: Army Chief Wants a 7.62 M4

  1. slater says:

    Basically there’s real problems and this is a distraction or a mirage.

    “Oh we don’t need a new rifle, we just need a new barrel, bcg, lower receiver, buffer spring.”

    That’s a new rifle you dunce.

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