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FN SCAR Mk 2 and Evolys   Small Arms <20mm

Started 14/4/22 by Guardsman26; 8243 views.
Apsyda

From: Apsyda

29/5/22

I mean in the manner of focusing the squad around supplying and supporting the SAW/LMG. An extreme example is the WW2 Germans. Where the squad was built around supporting the MG34/42 and worked to support it almost entirely. As in the squad existed to almost to simply facilitate the use of the MG. While few militaries ever replicated that heavy focus as much, most did learn their lessons from it and its effectiveness. And worked post WW2 to have it so that there was a gunner-assistant team and the rest of the squad carried some manner of spare materials to feed the SAW/LMG.

That still exists in the way of most members of a current US squad carrying at least some belted ammo for the M249. And sometimes a spare barrel or so.

Given that our main enemies for the last few decades have been irregular forces, I don't believe we can properly say how effective the organization would be against a real enemy. Anything short of WW2 era equipment would put us above insurgents in the Middle East in terms of modernity and quality. As stated before, during Vietnam, which was closer to a proper war than what we see today, even if still distant. M60s were issued to gunner-assistant pairs.

Generally outside of the Garand and the M1 Carbine, the US went into WW2 and came out of it with a pretty outdated set up. FWIW, the 1919A6 did have a QC barrel however.

stancrist

From: stancrist

29/5/22

Apsyda said:

FWIW, the 1919A6 did have a QC barrel however.

That's not what I recall from my time in high school ROTC.  And it's sure not what is shown here, either.

1919A6 Full Auto - Shooting and Disassembly

This video covers the 1919A6 We will do some shooting at the range, and then do a table-top overview and disassembly. We will go over headspacing and functi...

17thfabn

From: 17thfabn

30/5/22

The M1919A6 barrel could be changed quicker than the M1919A4.

M1919A6 barrel could not be changed nearly as quickly as the MG34 or MG42. 

17thfabn

From: 17thfabn

30/5/22

That M1919A6 is  the best looking machine gun ever!

stancrist

From: stancrist

30/5/22

I'll second that emotion!

Farmplinker

From: Farmplinker

30/5/22

PKMS and an RPG-16? Dude is hardcore!

Or watched too many bad movies.

roguetechie

From: roguetechie

12-Jun

So the question here is why are army saw gunners not carrying spare barrels?

And it's a very what came first the chicken or egg problem because there's organizational things that actively contribute to this.

For me there's also another question which is equally important.

Do we even want SCHV belt feds?

One issue with schv belt feds is they really don't hit any harder or give you more reach than your carbines.

stancrist

From: stancrist

12-Jun

roguetechie said:

So the question here is why are army saw gunners not carrying spare barrels?

Probably because a spare barrel is rarely needed when the M249 is used in the automatic rifle role.

roguetechie said:

For me there's also another question which is equally important. Do we even want SCHV belt feds?

Depends upon which "we" you mean.  The Army clearly wants SCHV belt-feds.  The Marines do not.

17thfabn

From: 17thfabn

12-Jun

Stancrist

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Depends upon which "we" you mean.  The Army clearly wants SCHV belt-feds.  The Marines do not."

Supposedly the USMC kept the M249 to be issued on a "as needed basis". Where they are kept I don't know. 

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Guardsman26

From: Guardsman26

27-Jul

FN Herstal UK is now on Twitter and posting some pretty interesting stuff. I didn't know that Evolys was available in 6.5 mm Creedmoor. 

https://twitter.com/FNHerstalUK/status/1552329671244746752?s=20&t=pP6IHR_icveT9YG8v_gihw

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