British soldiers also complaining about 5.56mm NATO

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The British troops are also calling for a switch to something better than the 5.56x45mm NATO. The Telegraph reports

A survey of more than 50 servicemen who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan concluded that the 5.56mm calibre rounds used by British soldiers ‘tailed off’ after 300 metres yet half of all Helmand firefights are fought between 300 and 900 metres.

The study, co-written by Nicholas Drummond, a strategy consultant and ex-Welsh Guards officer, described British soldiers’ rifles as “not much more useful than a peashooter”.

The Ministry of Defence told the newspaper the 5.56mm calibre rounds used by United States and other Nato allies are “proven to be both accurate and powerful.”

Typical government response.

Many thanks to RootMan for the link.

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  • Valhalla Valhalla on Jan 19, 2010

    I don't know if anyone else suggested it, but here goes:

    There are mods for the M-16/AR-15 that trade it from 5.56 to 50 Bewulf in a matter of seconds, I know that those two are both 45mm long, but couldn't something like that be done with the 7.62 NATO?

    Or you have a DM in your squad with an accurized rifle (and a point man with shotgun... but I'm getting off topic) and someone to hump a few more mags of high caliber. Maybe have every member of the squad carry 1 mag of whatever the sniper/DM has.

    Problem is grunts can't see the logistics problems and the fact that if politics play out wrong they'll be eating cotton candy instead of MREs, and politicians can't see what friggin' idiots they are.

  • Zeus Zeus on Jun 06, 2010

    For starters how about issuing some decent ammo and a new barrel with 1-7 twist. A 77gr Sierra Match King bullet will have much better performance than the 55 and 62gr until they can come up with a 7.62 alternative. Hell let everyone have a new 7.62 upper for their Ar and they can swap as they choose :)