Originally Posted by locutus
for a handful of test bed rifles.
They're not stupid enough to trade a battle proven system for something that isn't sny better.
Actually, Delta worked closely with HK to get this rifle ready for production. Its testing concluded in 2004, and is already used within SOCOM. Seals use it as well. However Delta decided to pursue the FN SCAR instead, but due to budgeting, they are only buying the heavy version now.
In 2004, rifle testing commenced to replace the M4. The XM8 won those, surpassing other designs. However, after this, Colt got scared, and lowered their prices, and we continued along with the m4.
The Army also held open competitions in 2009 or 2010, can't remember which one, you can google if you are interested. The HK416 won.
The army held an invitation-only competition in 2011, which the SCAR won.
The ACR came in in a close 3rd in all of these, but now that Remington Hans acquired the ACR design, and improved upon it, I predict it will win a 4th competition if there is one.
There will be a final competition in 2014.
Here's a link. http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/the-usas-m4-carbine-controversy-03289/
Now, can we end this, and PLEASE address the topic with relevant information???