Dave Hardy posts about an Army Times news article that talks about Delta Force’s new rifle, the H&K 416, and highlights the army’s reluctance to replace the M16. For a while there was a lot of talk in the military about replacing the standard small arm, but that appears to be off the table for now.
It seemed the M16/M4 would be around a bit longer when they killed the H&K XM8, largely because they included a proprietary optics mount that would have also necessitated that the military switch out all its optics. I think SOCOM has adopted the FN SCAR for special forces, and I guess Delta is using the HK416 now.
The problem I have with H&K building our next generation rifle is that they have basically said there will be no semi-auto versions of them for civilians. FN is working on a civilianized version of the SCAR.
It’s bad enough I can’t get an M16/M4 inexpensively. It would be a real shame, if for the first time in American history, civilians can’t shoot the same type of rifle our soldiers do.