Army Rifle Upgrade

Starting next year, the Army expects to send troops to Afghanistan with the new M4A1 carbines. They’re calling it “the biggest overhaul of service rifles in nearly 50 years.”

According to the Program Executive Office Soldier, who introduced the improvements, the upgrade to the M4 includes a more resilient barrel, ambidextrous controls and a full-automatic setting. He stated that once you add better ammunition, soldiers will have a more lethal weapon to fight.

Although the M4 will be 5 more ounces heavier than the old, many soldiers in Afghanistan are happy about the upgrade. Sgt. Aaron Billington of the 10th Mountain Division at Kandahar Air Field states his excitement, and that he is not worried about the extra 5 ounces. He thinks that “the heavier barrel could improve accuracy and give the weapon better stability.”

While many are excited for the change, others aren’t quite convinced. Staff Sgt. Lincoln Dockery, a combat engineer stationed in Bamberg says, “Adding full-automatic fire mode to the M4 is a huge mistake.”

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