Quite a while back, a reader sent Murdoc this link: 2nd ID soldiers converting to M-4 rifles
They’re talking about the division’s 1st Brigade, deployed in South Korea. The other three maneuver brigades of the 2nd ID are Stryker brigades and already equipped with the M4. It’s a little unclear about how many troops in the 1st Brigade are turning in their M16s for M4s. The switch to the M4 has been pretty much Army-wide.
This is what caught my attention:
Throughout the Army, the M-4 is replacing the M-16, the M-3 submachine gun and the M-9 pistol in select cases for unit leaders, crew-served gunners, vehicle crews, radio operators, infantry and combat engineers, a PEO Soldier spokeswoman said. [emphasis Murdoc’s]
Does anyone really still have M3 SMGs? I think I remember reading that some support types still had them in the 91 Gulf War, but I guess I would have thought the few remaining would have been totally phased out during the gutting of the military in the 90s.
If they’re still used, are they chambered for .45? Or have they converted to 9mm?