IAR

m249-short-saw

M249 SAW - Squad Automatic Weapon

H&K-IAR

H&K IAR - Infantry Automatic Rifle

Pretty huge news… I’m not sure I really grasp the reason for the changeover though.  There is definitely a huge savings in weight… but that is definitely at the expense of magazine capacity.  I wonder how soldiers will feel about this?  I understand that not ALL of the SAWs are being replaced, but for the ones that are, it seems like 30 rounds in a mag would not go over well for a SAW gunner used to having a 200 round drum.

A lot more info on the specifics of the IAR and the other rifles it was up against over at MarineCorpsTimes – HERE

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