The "New" Assault Rifle

It seems the US military has decided to get this one as their new assault rifle. Is it a good idea or a bad idea? The Americans have been sceptical toward the 5,56x45 for a long time, but hesitated to go for a weapon with an intermediate caliber between 5,56 and 7,62.

I don't understand the problem in just returning to the 7.62mm round if the 5.56mm isn't enough, there is plenty of tooling in place to make it and it doesn't create an extra logistics trail to be maintained.
 
I don't understand the problem in just returning to the 7.62mm round if the 5.56mm isn't enough, there is plenty of tooling in place to make it and it doesn't create an extra logistics trail to be maintained.
I think the Americans want to eat the cake and keep it. The 5,56 is too weak, but to get 7.62 reduce the amount of ammunition the soldiers can carry. Therefore they are looking at a caliber between 5.56 and 7.62, but they seem to be very hesitant to either add a new caliber to the NATO standard.
 
Personally I'd opt for the 7.62, longer legs and hits harder then the 5.56. Another good round was/is the 6x55 Swedish,extremely accurate and hits hard. But to reiterate, I'd feel the 7.62x51 is the best bet.
 
I would go for the 6,8 SPC. It has a better kinetic energy than the 5,56 and the soldier can carry the same amount of ammunition as he can now. It would be much better if the entire platoon had the same caliber for the assault rifles and the machine guns.
 
Personally I'd opt for the 7.62, longer legs and hits harder then the 5.56. Another good round was/is the 6x55 Swedish,extremely accurate and hits hard. But to reiterate, I'd feel the 7.62x51 is the best bet.
I assume you meant the 6.5X55 Swedish, a nice little round! The 6.8 was developed by some Army guys working privately with Remington, so it's not a military developed round & they tend to go for 'military" rounds. The 5.56/223 was wedged into a narrow space between the .222 Remington & the .222 Rem. Magnum, 2 existing civilian rounds with just slightly more/less MV, probably either would have worked.
 
I assume you meant the 6.5X55 Swedish, a nice little round! The 6.8 was developed by some Army guys working privately with Remington, so it's not a military developed round & they tend to go for 'military" rounds. The 5.56/223 was wedged into a narrow space between the .222 Remington & the .222 Rem. Magnum, 2 existing civilian rounds with just slightly more/less MV, probably either would have worked.
I had the impression the 6,8 SPC was developed by the US Special Forces and the Barrett Firearms
 
When UK was talking about getting rid of the L1A1, (which was an excellent rifle, albeit too long, trying to debus a Land Rover or 4 tonner in a hurry was a nightmare) there was talk about the SA80, a family friend worked on the rifle at RSAF Enfield lock stated the who idea was wrong, he basically told his boss it would never work.

I thought that the FNC would be a better replacement, being very similar to the L1A1 albeit scaled down. To me the SA80 was a bad idea, magazine in wrong place and cannot be fire left handed.
 
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