The rifle also has a range of 2,300 feet making it possible to hit target which are well out of the reach of conventional rifles.
He expects the Army to buy 12,500 of the XM25 rifles this year, enough for every member of the infantry and special forces.
Lehner told FoxNews: With this weapon system, we take away cover from [enemy targets] forever.
Tactics are going to have to be rewritten. The only thing we can see [enemies] being able to do is run away.
Let's see, 2,300 ft is about 700 m ... 'well out of the reach of conventional rifles'. Must have a word with those people from Barret and Accuracy Systems.
12,500 = 1 for every member of infantry and SF. Out of idle curiosity, do the US Army know about the swinging cuts that are going to be imposed on them? Makes SDR look like a minor reshuffle.
What good is a weapon that allows the enemy to run away? It would be useless against certain European Nations and if said nations' troops ever learn to fire a gun whilst advancing in a rearward direction ...
quote from good old "Stevie" boy under the comments to the Daily Mail article, classic,
I used the prototype version of this a couple of years ago when I was a special agent in the SAS. It very nearly fell into enemy hands when I was on covert ops, but I was able to retrieve it and cross the border into friendly territory. The Americans developed this modified rifle from the debriefing I gave them. It's not something I like to talk about.
I did hear tell from an Uncle who was with RE BD with Monty's army that there was an MG42 barrel extension that had a curve to it with an angular lense which allowed the gun group to fire round corners in comparative safety, it was subject to very heavy wear and not too reliable.