23:01 22 May 2003

According to a May 14 story on Strategy Page, the troops aren’t terribly happy with their weapon selection for city fighting. Among the main points:


  1. Check out this document. Notice on page 8 that the compact version of the XM-8 is shown replacing the M-9 pistol for some folks. Very nice! In the first Gulf War our officers and senior NCO’s were quite jealous of the Saudi Officers who were issued MP-5s. I’m now in a tank battalion. The M-9 issued to tankers is virtually worthless against anyone wearing armor or more than 20 yards away. The old-timers miss the grease-gun. How sweet would a compact sub-machine gun be for tankers and indoor fighting in general?