Tag: iar

US Army’s New Magazine A FAILURE? USMC Test of Enhanced Performance Magazine Shows It Performed Worse Than Predecessor, PMAG

The US Army’s newest magazine for the M16 and M4, the Enhanced Performance Magazine (EPM), failed a recent USMC test of rifle magazines, according to a recent Marine Corps SYSCOM document released by National Review. The report shows the EPM coming in last in the [Read More…]

6th Marines to Test M27s in Tricked-Out “Über Squad”, but Are They Already Behind the Curve?

According to a Military.com article, an element of 1st Battalion, 6th Marines will be deploying a 13-man squad of Infantry fully equipped with M27 IARs, suppressors, drum magazines, and other pieces of experimental gear. Called the “Über Squad”, it will be [Read More…]

PROBLEMS with M27 IAR with M855A1, USMC Generals Walsh and Shrader Testify to Congress

In recent testimony to Congress, USMC leadership Lieutenant General Robert Walsh and Brigadier General Joseph Shrader officially acknowledged that the USMC’s M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, made by Heckler & Koch, encounters durability issues when used with the [Read More…]

BREAKING: US Army Pursues SUPPRESSED, Magazine-Fed Automatic Rifle in New Calibers, to REPLACE M249 SAW

After over 30 years of using the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, it seems the US Army may be moving away from the concept of squad-level belt-fed automatic firepower in favor of a lower-capacity but more precise (and probably magazine-fed) weapon. In a recent Special [Read More…]

BREAKING: USMC Releases RFI for New Infantry Rifles, Uppers, Optics, Suppressors, Targets

In a surprising turn of events given the recent public motions towards an all-M27 fleet, the United States Marine Corps has just released a new request for information (RFI), soliciting proposals from the industry for a whole new suite of infantry equipment, including [Read More…]

Results of US Marine Corps Infantry Automatic Trials Released Through FOIA Request

Today, a variant of the Heckler & Koch HK416 rifle is the standard squad infantry automatic rifle (IAR) of the United States Marine Corps, as the M27. At one time in the mid-2000s, though, companies from Colt to LWRC competed against each other in a competition to [Read More…]

LEAKED: Kalashnikov Concern’s New RPK-400 Dual-Feed 5.45mm SAW

An image of a mysterious new Russian machine gun was leaked to the public recently, during a visit to the Kalashnikov factory by Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov. The weapon is an intriguing dual-feed magazine/belt loading gun that features distinctly un-AK-like [Read More…]

The Poor Man’s SAW: Using A SlideFire Stock For More Than Fun

The SlideFire stock is an idea that pushes the boundaries of what the ATF considers acceptable for a Title I firearm. Without diving into the world of the National Firearms Act, a Slide-Fire stock is the closest you can get to a fully automatic weapon of your very own. [Read More…]

First M27 IAR Afganistan Photos

The Marine Corps times have published the first photos of the M27 IAR in Afganistan. I like to give credit where credit is due: the Marine Corp Times was the first publication to originally state that the Marines were dropping the M249. The rest of us all dismissed the [Read More…]

FN HAMR at AUSA

A reader emailed me this cool photo of the FN HAMR, equipped with a 150 round Armatac SAW-MAG, in all its glory. Apparently, the rifle operated in open-bolt mode in both semi and full auto if the temperature is to hot. Interesting. LordStickMax, also made a video [Read More…]

Mexican Marines adopt Colt IAR

Photos have surfaced depicting Mexican Marines armed with the Colt IAR. This makes sense. Mexico uses the Colt Automatic Rifle (the automatic rifle that has been marketed by Colt for many years) and they seem to be fond of high-capacity drum magazines like the Beta [Read More…]

Armatac SAW-MAG

Armatac has developed a new version of their 150 round AR-15 compatible drum magazine and named it the SAW-MAG. More information and a video can he had over at Defense Review.

Update on the IAR competition

A couple of days ago I blogged about H&K winning the USMC’s IAR competition. There has been much confusion regarding the IAR competition since then. Dan Lamothe, who broke the news, updated his The Marine Times article and added that it now appears that the [Read More…]