Not to hijack a bread, but the NGSW/M5 is going to flop and here is why. Let’s build an eight. 5 to 9 pound service rifle that fire is a full bore cartridge, his piston operated, and holds 20 rounds. Sound familiar? Every reason they got rid of the M 14 is why they are choosing the M5. Just to pose a prediction; a conflict arises within the next five years before the M5 is fully fielded, Poor supply chains lack the ability to fulfill 6.8 X 51 ammo requirements and most soldiers immediately regress to their M4. The SDM‘s grab whatever high-power rifle they can find in readily available NATO calibers. Several mark 14s and a complement of M 80 A1 ammo is rushed into service.I had thought that all branches and units had moved on from mthe M-14 in any configuration to other platforms, in other calibers.
With the adoption of the M-5 (formerly the NGSW) by the Army, any M-14s still in service with some niche of US forces should be mothballed by 2025. I am guessing that will also apply to the 7.62x51 NATO cartridge.
I am not an active shooter and have no real experience with the M-14/M1A,but I was confused by the claims by Big Army on the one hand, that the M-14 was dropped as a sniper platform due to difficulty in keeping them tuned-up in the field, yet they were adopted as DMR rifles for a while. The M-5 will eliminate that too I think.
Probably the one Charlie Sheen and Michael Behan are on! 🤣 Last M(k)14 I saw in action was in Iraq in ‘08 when I was in the 82nd. My current Engineer company doesn’t even know such a rifle exists. I showed them pictures of mine, even in my “updated” Vltor stock and I got “that’s cool, what is it?”What Seal team is still using M(K)14s? lol