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PostPlastic Ammo Lightweight Machine-Gun by RubberJonny

Picatinny Arsenal have designed and developed a new Light Machine-Gun that uses plastic cartridge ammunition.
According to the Picatinny scientists, their new LMG and a thousand rounds of its plastic-cased-telescoped ammo weigh no less than 20.4 pounds less than the current M249 (a version of which is also used by British troops) and a thousand ordinary 5.56mm brass cartridges. The new LMG shaves no less than 8.3 pounds off the 15.7-lb M249, coming in at just 7.4lb - actually lighter than a standard British SA80 assault rifle! This, perhaps, explains Specialist Smith's opinion that it would be reasonable for all soldiers to carry such weapons, rather than just heavy-weapons specialists.

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» Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:05 am «Top

PostRe: Plastic Ammo Lightweight Machine-Gun by Dei

Madness. Thats pretty cool.

I liked this quote from the article.

"..some soldiers are suggesting that every infantryman could in future pack the sort of firepower reserved today for heavy-weapons specialists."

So, what will heavy weapons specialists be using by that time? :D
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PostRe: Plastic Ammo Lightweight Machine-Gun by RubberJonny

Dei wrote:So, what will heavy weapons specialists be using by that time? :D

It's currently only in a LMG configuration and will likely stay that way for a while even if it is adopted into the military. In the mean time GPMGs and HMGs will still be needed.
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PostRe: Plastic Ammo Lightweight Machine-Gun by Chef

Dei wrote:So, what will heavy weapons specialists be using by that time? :D


Phased plasma rifles in the 40w range, or my personal favourite

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PostRe: Plastic Ammo Lightweight Machine-Gun by Dei

O.o i know was joking im pretty savvy when it comes to things like this...
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PostRe: Plastic Ammo Lightweight Machine-Gun by Chef

makes little difference, US top brass won't move away from the AR-15 series of weapons. the M16 in all its varients have underperformed in every test since and before its inception, so it'll stick around for a while

still its cool though, however, caseless ammo would also help
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PostRe: Plastic Ammo Lightweight Machine-Gun by AngryCrocodile

"makes little difference, US top brass won't move away from the AR-15 series of weapons. the M16 in all its varients have underperformed in every test since and before its inception, so it'll stick around for a while

still its cool though, however, caseless ammo would also help"

The G11 was developed with a caseless lighter flechette round and was lighter than the m16, and used an innovative burst fire system such that 3 rounds could be fired before the recoil pulled the gun up resulting in 80% tighter groupings at 300yards if I remember correctly. Was never adopted by anyone...


In another note I know a guy who's dad is working for HK. Apparently he speacilises in electromagnets. < Gauss Rifle much?
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PostRe: Plastic Ammo Lightweight Machine-Gun by RubberJonny

It's all about contracts for military weapons. Like Wu-Tang said: C.R.E.A.M.
There have been tens of fantastic and innovative firearms invented in the past few decades (remember the XM8) but many never see active service. There is more leeway outside the military so you'll often see special branches of the military and law enforcement and even local police departments invest in solid firearms. I very much agree with original article that it is downright perverse that the military budgets spend so much on aircrafts and submarines when it's the ground troops that do all the fighting and dying... But there's a already a topic for such thoughts.

On topic: Guns are cool!!!11one PEW PEW

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PostRe: Plastic Ammo Lightweight Machine-Gun by Chef

G11 was going to be released to the west german military, until re-unification and therefore lack of budget. But out of that we got the G36.

Gauss rifles.... ooooh if you ever have need to read up on Traveller:2300, a hard scifi role playing game that prophecies how weapons will develop.
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PostRe: Plastic Ammo Lightweight Machine-Gun by Dei

Not sure if you have seen this, but a weapon that fires bullets which are laser-guided, radio-controlled, and carry an onboard targeting CPU...scary.

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