The XM8 - Page 4




 
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March 10th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
Key words being "support weapons," the ammunition loadout for which is split up amongst the squad. Like I said, these considerations were for the "average infantryman" and I did not mean that we no longer used the 7.62mm or other rounds besides the 5.56mm, because that would just be incorrect, and we all know how infallible I am.
March 10th, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 

Topic: lol


dident mean anything like that.Just noted that there are 7.62s.
March 10th, 2004  
Gunner13
 
 
Right, the 7.62mm NATO round survives in support weapons (M60/M240B/GPMG etc. and various sniper rifles) BECAUSE it has superior range and pentrating power (the same thing applies to .50 cal/12.7mm). Although Redneck states the case for a smaller service round for rifles and squad support weapons very consisely , even upgrading to the higher power of the 5.56mm SS109 round for the M249 and M16A2 series rifles does not change that (more like admitting that the original 5.56mm round was underpowered ).

Changing to 7mm might fix most of this disconnect (.50cal/12.7mm will always be around although maybe not in the M2HB), but then again, it might not. So could somebody try so we can find out?
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March 10th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gunner13
Although Redneck states the case for a smaller service round for rifles and squad support weapons very consisely
Thank you, Sir.
March 11th, 2004  
Gunner13
 
 
You're welcome (have to keep the moderators happy after all). 8)
March 11th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
Always happy, Sir, it's a chemical imbalance.
March 11th, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 

Topic: How about


What if you had most rifles 5.56, and just 1 or 2 7.62 rifles in a squad?
March 11th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
The main reason behind having the same caliber round for all the weapons in a squad (support and main rifles) is that you can interchange ammunition, so if you are in a situation where you need to ration it, and your support gunners have a load of extra ammo and the riflemen are short (or vice-versa) you can divvy up the ammunition so you don't have half your firepower disappearing just when you most need it, as long as anyone in the squad has ammo, everyone in the squad has ammo.
March 11th, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 

Topic: yes


well, i guss every side of this has pros and cons
March 12th, 2004  
Jamoni
 
Still, we all know how well a M249 feeds from an M16 mag.
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