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NGSW Phase 2 Consolidation and info   Small Arms <20mm

Started 30/8/19 by gatnerd; 547199 views.
stancrist

From: stancrist

21/4/22

graylion said:

What is the point if it is _not_ supposed to replace the NATO standard cartridges???

The purpose is to give the close combat force overmatch capability against "near peer" opponents.  See 2:11-2:42  https://youtu.be/nTYzGuAcaUw?t=131

stancrist

From: stancrist

21/4/22

gatnerd said:

       stancrist said: Yes, the TV ammo is technologically superior, but it cannot at present be fired in the SIG weapons.

SIG has mentioned that the 6.8 LMG is backwards compatible with 7.62 and 6.5C. 

Converting the 6.8 LMG to 6.8TV would have just required a 19" barrel chambered in 6.8TV instead of the 16" chambered in 6.8SIG. 

Similar to the already demonstrated 6.8TV conversion of the M240.

Yes.  I didn't say the SIG guns can't be converted to fire the TV ammo.  I think such a conversion almost certainly is possible.

The problem is that it would take time to develop and test the conversions, but the Army clearly wants to field NGSW ASAP.

Also, the need to increase barrel and overall length to get the same velocity would undoubtedly be considered undesirable.

And IIRC earlier in the thread somebody (Guardsman?  Emeric?) reported that there were accuracy issues with the TV ammo.

All of which means the TV ammo may not be as optimal as you think.  It may be that the SIG ammo is actually the best option.

stancrist

From: stancrist

21/4/22

Apsyda said:

...there was a lot of saying very little.

Indeed.

stancrist

From: stancrist

21/4/22

nincomp said:

The most important parts of NGSW will probably be the smart optic and the adoption of a rifle/carbine with a foldable stock.  If the US Army refuses to use bullpups, hopefully the barrels of its weapons can be kept to a reasonable length by utilizing a folding stock.

a.  What do you consider "reasonable" barrel length?  I don't see barrels getting too much shorter -- let alone any longer -- than SIG's 13" and 16" tubes.

b.  A folding stock only helps reduce overall length when stowed.  When in use, there is no reduction in weapon length compared to non-folding stocks.

EmericD

From: EmericD

21/4/22

stancrist said:

And IIRC earlier in the thread somebody (Guardsman?  Emeric?) reported that there were accuracy issues with the TV ammo.

I think that Nicholas (Guardsman) was first to raise this point, then I asked people at GD and they confirmed that they had issues duplicating the accuracy achieved by TV (in test barrel), with the RM277 rifle.

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

21/4/22

Do you think the Army made the right call going with SIG, and that the accuracy issues would likely persist with the TV design?

Apsyda

From: Apsyda

22/4/22

Answering that would require more hard data on what the potential accuracy issues actually looked like and how large they were. If it was 5moa and the cut off was 4moa, thats one thing. If its 10moa, thats another. Until testing reports are released or True Velocity comes out and says where their bid went wrong and mentions that accuracy was a significant part of that, we can't really anything about that aspect with any confidence.

stancrist

From: stancrist

22/4/22

Concur.  Although IMO the accuracy question doesn't really matter, because the notion of converting SIG guns to shoot TV ammo was never a realistic option anyway, if only because of the reduction in muzzle velocity using ammo developed for 22" barrels in weapons with 13" and 16" barrels.

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

22/4/22

stancrist said:

if only because of the reduction in muzzle velocity using ammo developed for 22" barrels in weapons with 13" and 16" barrels

Current RM277 is a 19" barrel for 3000fps, so not much of a stretch to go from 16" to 19" for the LMG.

Especially if the shorter Brevis suppressor was used vs the longer sig suppressor to offset some of the length increase. 

....

Speaking of 22", that is one cool thing about the SIG load. As it gets 3000fps from a 16", its probably going to be hitting 3150-3200fps from the 22" M240B barrel.

  • Edited 22 April 2022 2:45  by  gatnerd
stancrist

From: stancrist

22/4/22

gatnerd said:

       stancrist said: if only because of the reduction in muzzle velocity using ammo developed for 22" barrels in weapons with 13" and 16" barrels

Current RM277 is a 19" barrel for 3000fps, so not much of a stretch to go from 16" to 19" for the LMG.

Current SIG NGSW-AR has a 16" barrel (not 19").

Original GD NGSW-AR had a 22" barrel (not 19").

gatnerd said:

Especially if the shorter Brevis suppressor was used vs the longer sig suppressor to offset some of the length increase.

First you want SIG to convert their guns to fire a competitor's ammo, thereby reducing SIG's profits.

Now you want SIG to switch to a competitor's suppressor, which would further reduce SIG's profits.

These are completely unrealistic proposals.  There is no rational reason for SIG to willingly do either.

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