Tuesday, August 13, 2013
British Royal Marines call for better rifles
Royal Marines operating in Afghanistan have complained about the performance of standard SA80 assault rifles identifying several areas for improvement...Despite evolving greatly since its first introduction to British Armed Forces, the SA80 has been described as not particularly well suited to the needs of specialised forces likely to engage at close quarters...Some of the insiders have pointed to the rifle's 5.56 mm calibre ammunition as being too small to effectively defeat a target with a single round and occasionally leading to the soldier ending up exposed to the attack from wounded insurgents.
Apart from that, the riffle’s "rattle" has been said to make covert operations virtually impossible and its predisposition to get clogged with dust frequently requires the gun to be wrapped by duct tape. ..The news portal claims a source explained that today's commandos would probably prefer a 7.62 mm rifle familiar to Special Forces...
Full Report Here: http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2013/jul/marines-rifles-complaints.cfm