Possible M4 replacement is causing gun enthusiasts to call bullpup
Eugene Stoner purists are no doubt crying in private after General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems showcased their take on the Next Generation Squad Weapon program at the 2019 AUSA conference, feeling the sting of seeing a bullpup rifle being considered as a replacement for the M4 carbine.
Generally unpopular amongst firearms enthusiasts in the United States, bullpup rifles have not always had it easy on American shores. In fact, there is only a small following of bullpup fans, both in the military and civilian arms sectors.
Imagine the surprise when detractors of the compact weapon design discovered that GDOTS has opted to push the bullpup design on the U.S. Army, in hopes of winning the bid to replace the aging M4.
While bullpups are known to be able to put a longer barrel in a shorter frame (a blessing for mechanized, air assault and airborne troops), the rifles are generally known for having sub-par triggers (due to the design limitations) and a manual of arms that is different than what several generations of American troops have become accustomed to.
According to Military.com, the new General Dynamic rifle was made by Beretta USA fires the 6.8mm cartridge that the U.S. Army has been courting with for some time.
The ejection port is located near the rear of the firearm and will push casings forward during firing.
The inspiration for the squad weapon variant reportedly came from the WWII-era Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) and utilizes a box magazine.
Both variants of the GDOT guns are fitted with suppressors produced by Delta P Designs.
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