XM806 Lightweight .50 to be deployed in 2012

    Christian Lowe reports that the XM806 aka. the “Lightweight .50″ is on track for deployment in 2012

    Talk about taking a diet – the XM806 with its specially-designed tripod weighs a little over 60 lbs. That’s compared to the current M2 Heavy Barrel which comes in at a portly 120 lbs. But the General Dynamics-made XM806’s advantages go deeper than its waistline, Army officials say.

    It is still unclear how many weapons the Army will buy, but if all goes according to plan, the service will begin fielding the bantam-weight .50cal in late 2012.

    This photo was taken in 2008. The final XM806 or M806 will likely be slightly different.

    [ Many thanks to Lance for emailing me the link. ]

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