Thursday, 25 July 2013

Is SA80 rifle right for Royal Marines?

An alternative to the SA80 assault rifle may be favoured by some Royal Marines according to Defence IQ ahead of this year's Annual Infantry Weapons Conference in London.It claims some commandos operating on the front-line in Afghanistan find the weapon lacking in what specialised forces require when engaging at close quarters, despite being improved greatly since its first introduction to British Armed Forces.Defence IQ says 'insiders' "have quietly criticised the rifle's 5.56mm calibre ammunition as being too small to effectively defeat a target with a single round and occasionally find themselves vulnerable to a counter attack from wounded insurgents.In addition, it says, the rifle "rattles", causing a problem for covert operations, requires duct tape to prevent it from clogging with dust, and lacks the manoeuvrability of other modern assault rifles such as the Diemaco C8.Read more  HERE