I am much obliged. Robert Douglas at Backroad Blog forwarded me this pic since he figured I’m the “leader on the XM-8 info”. While I don’t think that’s the case, the XM8 certainly brings in a ton of traffic to MO and is the primary reason my little site has grown so much over the past couple of months. Mr. Douglas doesn’t know the original source of the pic.
This is a great picture. One of the first things that I noticed is the good view of the semi-clear ammunition clip. This one is empty (you can clearly see the spring inside), but you get a good idea of how easy it will be for our guys to check how many rounds they’ve got left with a quick glance.
Somewhere I read a remark that an electronic indicator in the sight would allow soldiers to monitor their ammo without taking their eyes off their target, and that’s certainly true. In any event, the clear clip is an improvement over the current ones, as long as it’s durable enough.
Also, this model seems to have only positions on the thumb selector, presumably for semi-auto and full-auto. There’s been word that a three-round burst selection may be made available, as well.
Enjoy. And don’t forget to check out Backroad Blog. It was very kind of him to forward me this pic, and I appreciate it greatly.