A reader gave me the heads up on an Airborne Combat Engineer post about the Army Times story on the XM8. I had seen the headline yesterday and spent a fair amount of time looking for the story, but it was “For Subscribers Only.” Somehow, ACE found a working link. Great job!
Go check the story out. Most of the items will be familiar to MO readers, because my January post on the weapon still brings in about half of my daily traffic. But some items of interest are
So far, all of the testing of the XM8 has been open to press coverage. But the senior leadership at Benning recently decided to deny access to reporters to ensure an unbiased assessment environment free of outside distractions, said Rich McDowell, Benning’s public affairs officer.
Although the tested weapons had only a semi-auto/full auto selector switch, company literature indicates a two- or three-round burst selector will be available as an option on production weapons.
Earlier, reports indicated that burst settings would not be available. Studies had said that properly trained shooters were just as accurate on full-auto and that leaving the burst capabilities off would make it slightly lighter, easier to clean, and less prone to malfunction.
The Army is considering adding some type of lifetime monitoring system to each weapon, Army Times has learned, so data such as the number of rounds fired during a particular timeframe or over the entire life of a weapon could be retrieved by waving an electronic reader over the weapon. The system might also include the ability to inventory the weapons with an electronic reader.
There are a number of videos available, but they were overloaded yesterday and remain so today. Everybody’s hopped up about this weapon.