We have seen the future, and it sucks.

U.S. Army Unveils ‘Revolutionary’ XM25 Rifle in Afghanistan

29th November 2010

Read it.

Let’s just hope that doesn’t mean ‘works like the Soviet economy’.

‘Highly sophisticated’ usually means ‘maintenance nightmare’.

The military isn’t overly concerned that the weapon might be captured by the enemy, because they would be unable to obtain its highly specialized ammunition, batteries and other components.
Until they steal them from military supply convoys, as they traditionally do in Pakistan.

One Response to “U.S. Army Unveils ‘Revolutionary’ XM25 Rifle in Afghanistan”

  1. RealRick Says:

    1. It costs about $35 to make an AK-47 (or clone). It takes about 10 minutes to teach someone how to clean and shoot one. They work great in all climates and conditions because of the simple design.

    2. This new rifle weighs 12 lbs. and that doesn’t include the weight of the 25 MM rounds. A friend in Afghanistan told me that he gets so tired of lugging the weight of his equipment that he’s thought about cutting off the buttons on his BDUs. The new rifle costs $35,000 to make, plus ammo at $30/round, plus batteries, plus support equipment for programming, plus armorers to fix them, etc.

    3. The military already has a 50-cal (“Ma Duece”) that makes very nice holes in walls and with such force that the schrapnel from the wall will chop up anyone within 10 feet. There is also a very nice sniper rifle in 50 cal. Bad guys behind a wall a mile away? The 50 can eliminate the problem. Quickly.

    4. It’s a tribute to the character of our armed forces that they go into harm’s way to protect us despite having to work for the idiots that run Washington.