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    In its push for small-arms modernization, the Corps reached a milestone in 2015 with the formal adoption of the M4 carbine as the universal weapon for Marine infantry, but further changes are in the works for the year ahead.

    2016 will see continued movement toward a leaner, more efficient fighting force under the Corps’ Small Arms Modernization Strategy, which seeks to keep the warfighter on the cutting edge from now to the mid-2020s.

    “These modernization efforts, which focus on improved lethality and mobility, ensure the individual Marine and Marine rifle squad have the most reliable and relevant weapons systems available,” said Maj. Anton Semelroth, a spokesman for Marine Corps Combat Development Command.

    Leading the way this year is the update of the infamous M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun, the military’s primary heavy machine gun since the 1930s. Conversion kits will hit the fleet beginning in the spring, with completion slated by the end of 2017.

    These will update the weapon to the M2A1 and include quick-changing barrels and fixed headspace and timing. With the current M2, gunners have to use a gauge to set the headspace and timing with every barrel change; if inaccurately set, this can lead to malfunction or even life-threatening failure.

    The M2A1 will also have a flash suppressor, reducing muzzle flash by 50 percent, which will lessen night vision goggle blinding during nighttime engagements.

    Also on tap for this year is a new light-weight tripod for medium crew-served machine guns such as the 7.62mm M240. It’s scheduled to begin replacing current tripods this fall, according to Semelroth.

    At about 16 pounds, it shaves about 19 percent off the weight of the legacy tripod, offering increased capability and mobility.

    The Corps will also take a close look at allowing custom-painted camouflage rifles for all Marines in the coming year. It’s conducting a limited-user evaluation this fiscal year to assess how high-temperature paint holds up under field conditions. The study will determine to what extent the camouflage reduces observable signature and withstands the rigors of environmental conditions.

    The results of the evaluation will directly lead to developing specific policy for the Corps on painting weapons.

    Marines are also in the middle of a two-year study on the issue of suppressors to all rifle squads, and currently are assessing unit live-fire and maneuver training exercises.

    Sound suppressors make it difficult to determine a shooter’s location and greatly improve command and control during small unit engagements, especially loud indoor gun battles.

    However, they also require additional cleaning, heat up over sustained fire and increase back pressure, which can lead to extra wear or malfunctions for weapons, especially short-barreled rifles.

    Finally, the Corps is closely following the Army’s development of the Modular Handgun System to replace the 9 mm Berretta M9 pistol, the oldest-serving weapon in the U.S. military.

    Over the next year, Marines will participate in an Early Warfighter Acceptance event, which will assess and evaluate various vendors’ submissions for the Army MHS.

    There has been no decision on whether a MHS would replace the M9 service pistol, but Marine Corps officials have acknowledged that it’s likely the Army’s selection will be adopted by the other services.


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    well just went and picked up my .308, I can't remember the name of it, I will have to dig it out and look at it again, but it looks like the M-16 but with a bigger punch,, man that bugs me to have forgotten what it is called,, hmmm,, I guess I had better have some more memory juice,,, lol

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    I have two rifles a shotgun 6 pistols and a big stick.


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    Nice weapons Brothers !!! and a big stick


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    I have many including a 50 cal. lol, Semper Fidelis.


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    My personal self defense weapon of choice is my Dan Wesson .44 automag. I have others, but for up close and personal this .44 will stop anything in its tracks. When out and about 1 put on the 4" barrel, and when at home, the 8" is on.


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    Just picked up a Glock 19 Gen 4 for everyday carry.


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    Nice Brothers !!!


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    Living in the Peoples' Republic of Maryland, a lowly subject like me doesn't even have to worry about EDC - that's not for us proles, those silly Constitutional right things...

    But if I had a collection, it might include a nice mid-1944 Garand, an M4-style AR I pieced together, a couple of .22 bolt guns for fun plinking, and some pistols. I like shooting everything, even though I was never Expert (kept missing by 1 or 2 points, and now my eyes are too old!)

    But boating accidents and all that, y'know 8-)


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    Hahahahahaha, nice lineup !!!


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    oh ya,, and did I mention that all of my weapons, even the new one were all lost at sea?? very tragic...

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    Very tragic indeed Pat. Weird how that happened to me also


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    Heading to the 2016 Shot Show in Las Vegas next week to meet with Leatherneck.com/BPM Rifles/G-Code Holsters 3-Gun team sponsors with two of our 4 Marine competitors, James Gill and Will Heitt. Attached is the first couple of new BPM Rifle Posters being featured at the show that our 3-Gun competitors are in.


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