IAR: SAW replacement expected in October

The Marine Corps plans to announce next month a heavily anticipated plan for the infantry automatic rifle, which is expected to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in Marine fire teams.– Marine Times.

The three contenders are from Colt, FN Herstal and Heckler & Koch. While some question the IAR’s dependence on 30 round magazines, you can’t argue with the weight:”The IAR finalists weigh between 8 and 11 pounds empty, whereas the SAW weighs about 16 pounds empty — 22 when loaded.” FN’s entry is based on their SCAR rifle.

What the H&K IAR might look like

What the H&K IAR might look like


FN's IAR entry

FN's IAR entry

Colt's IAR entry

Colt's IAR entry

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