Mag fed support weapons for rifle squad/sections

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Mag fed support weapons for rifle squad/sections

Post by jimothy_183 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:46 pm

The USMC has adopted the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle as either a replacement or supplement to it's M249 SAW. While no other service I know of is following this as of yet could this be a new trend or concept on the rise?

I believe the rationale behind this is because of the fact that the US Marines have been in many urban engagements in the last decade and a half that the need for a more light weight weapon at the squad level was needed to optimise performance in urban areas.

While I am old school and am more of a fan of the more traditional green role style of warfare I can see the need for the fielding of such a weapon I would not however think that a total replacement of the belt fed light machine gun to be a wise move.

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The idea of having a mag fed support weapon is not new as this was done in WWII with weapons such as the BAR being the support weapon of US squads at the time.

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Re: Mag fed support weapons for rifle squad/sections

Post by Ryan » Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:17 am

As we talked about before, could not see this happening with Australia or Britain. Maybe SF but not conventional forces.
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