USMC Begins process to issue M27
USMC has begun the process of issuing the M27 IAR to every rifleman.
As the Marine Corps continues to emphasize innovation and experiments with new gear, service officials are getting ready to equip a single infantry squad with an enviable range of equipment, from suppressors to polymer drum mags and special operations-issue hearing protection.
The 5.56mm M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle is manufactured by Heckler & Koch. It is based on their HK416 carbine and was fielded to the Marines to supplant belt fed the M249 SAW in the Rifle Squad.
This RFI will assuredly be used by SYSCOM to create a sole-source “Justification and Approval” in order to purchase the rifles directly from manufacturer H&K without going for an open solicitation. While the RFI describes the M27’s salient characteristics to a “T”, what may throw a monkey wrench in this plan is if another manufacturer or two claim they can build the weapons as well with a model based on a 416 clone.
“Finally we see the Marine Corps get new equipment not hand me downs from the U.S. Army, I’m totally with this mission.”
“We Marines are all Rifleman I’m always up for more weapons to further put us on top of the global stage in war and Arms.”
The 2nd Marine Division gunner, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Christian Wade, said in November that he was still working to equip the Marines’ M249 light machine gun and M240G medium machine gun with suppressors, with plans to silence the .50 caliber heavy machine gun. Wade estimated equipping an infantry battalion with suppressors would cost about $700,000, a price tag per infantry battalion that might give decision-makers pause.
Training exercises using the new approach have already been conducted by Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines. “It increases their ability to command and control, to coordinate with each other,” Chief Warrant Officer 5 Christian Wade told the defense website. “They shoot better, because they can focus more, and they get more discipline with their fire. […] “When I show how much overmatch we gain … it will have sold itself.”
We will watch this procurement closely and keep you updated on its progress.
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