The U.S. Marines Want the M27 Rifle to Replace the M16. Congress and the Army Aren’t So Sure.
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Sebastien Roblin

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"The M27’s cost has also caused concern. The M27 originally came in at $3,000 each—or even higher for HK416s. This was reduced to $1,300 in a later bath due to economies of scale, but this is still two or three times the cost of a new M4 or M16."

If a new family of Army small arms is introduced in 2020s, there will be pressure on the Marines adhere to the new standard—and displeasure that so much money was spent procuring an expensive rifle which may not remain long...

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