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Australian NGSW   General Military Discussion

Started 5/11/21 by Gr1ff1th; 3587 views.
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gatnerd

From: gatnerd

13/11/21

I wouldn't read too much into the design beyond the fact thats its a bullpup.

It's a 3D printed mockup lacking mag release, safety selector, charging handle - and even a barrel. 

That said, I said a few years ago (pre NGSW) that I expected to see bullpups become more popular in the future when smart optics and battery packs were developed, as the nature of a bullpup stock makes it easier to run internal wires / set up an electro mechanical trigger. 

The P90, for example, was designed to have an internal battery and laser sight built into the gun, while keeping everything completely hidden.

https://www.remtek.com/arms/fn/p90/laser/index.htm

In addition to being able to basically design the weapon around hiding wires and battery packs, the bullpup also allows a lot more space for installing an electro/electro mechanical trigger, as the real 'trigger' is in the stock, which offers a lot more design space then trying to stick the trigger in the pistol grip/receiver. 

So in general I think the bullpup offers a more easy to integrate architexture for a smart / electro rifle setup. Especially on a design like the AUG or F2000, where much of the rifle is polymer and easy to modify with a 'stock change'; modifying an aluminum bullpup like the RM277 would be much more difficult. 

stancrist

From: stancrist

13/11/21

gatnerd said:

I wouldn't read too much into the design beyond the fact thats its a bullpup.

It's a 3D printed mockup lacking mag release, safety selector, charging handle - and even a barrel. 

How can you tell the mockup has no barrel?

stancrist

From: stancrist

13/11/21

Judging by my personal experience with the AUG, and combat videos of Aussie and British soldiers, I don't know why magazine placement would be a real issue.

Gr1ff1th

From: Gr1ff1th

13/11/21

I was just mentioning it as the only truly unchangeable ergonomic downside, it's really a minor concern IMO, perhaps we will see a bullpup renaissance with reliable electronic trigger packs on picatinny  smart rails in the future, the layout certainly has impressive ballistic advantages when firing 80K PSI large bore cartridges, more so than it does firing conventional pressure small bore cartridges, also if i recall correctly Australia is expected to acquire TV ammo as part of their next modernization effort, perhaps their bullpup will be chambered in .277TVCM down the road

hobbes154

From: hobbes154

14/11/21

Interesting contrast with the Swedish thread:

The NGSW and associated developments have indeed been followed closely from Sweden, including being briefed directly by their US counterparts. In the end, the technological risk was judged too great for a small country to seek to join the program at this stage. 

But Australia, a slightly bigger country with a less impressive military/manufacturing industry, is not just seeking to join the NGSW program but to design and build its own equivalent? 

stancrist

From: stancrist

15/11/21

hobbes154 said:

Australia, a slightly bigger country with a less impressive military/manufacturing industry, is not just seeking to join the NGSW program but to design and build its own equivalent?

Well, Australia has a military rifle maker, whereas Sweden does not.  Perhaps that has something to do with it?

EmericD

From: EmericD

15/11/21

stancrist said:

Well, Australia has a military rifle maker, whereas Sweden does not.  Perhaps that has something to do with it?

Australia is also a member of the "group of 5" (US, CAN, UK, AUS, NZ) and Sweden is not.

hobbes154

From: hobbes154

15/11/21

Well, it's a joint acquisition with Finland and will be made there, doesn't really change the argument? 

(Did surprise me Sweden doesn't have a domestic industry any more https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Gustafs_Stads_Gev%C3%A4rsfaktori) 

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

15/11/21

hobbes154 said:

But Australia, a slightly bigger country with a less impressive military/manufacturing industry, is not just seeking to join the NGSW program but to design and build its own equivalent

I think its a mix of having Thales (which produced the pretty excellent Thales F90) plus Australia looking to solidify its military alliance (now formalized with AUKUS) with the US vis a vis an increasingly alarming China. 

Going into a more speculative aspect, perhaps Sweden / Finland feel Russia is a more 'near term' threat for them vs how Austrlia perceives the timeline for conflict with China?  In which case S/F are in more of a rush and want something they know works, now, which would be 7.62x51 with tungsten AP. 

  • Edited 15 November 2021 3:06  by  gatnerd
mpopenker

From: mpopenker

15/11/21

gatnerd said:

Going into a more speculative aspect, perhaps Sweden / Finland feel Russia is a more 'near term' threat for them vs how Austrlia perceives the timeline for conflict with China? 

I wonder if anyone with half a brain could believe that a military rifle (any rifle) would change anything during a full-scale conflict with a major military power like RU, CN, or, come to that, US or UK or AU?

If you intent on a comventional warfare, it is definitely not the case (it would be decided by much heavier equipment), see Iraq. If you plan your defensive strategy on assymetical / insurgency warfare, then again, rifle is the item of least importance, see Afhanistan.

In my humble opinion, importance of small arms is inversely proportional to the scale of conflict these days. The msaller the conflict and units engaged in it, the more important small arms become.

In a full-blown war small arms play relatively minor part, and if you suck in air force / air defence, logistics and artillery and tanks, your smalla rms are hardly relevant to your loosing the war.

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