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    Default Re: Will 5.56 NATO be overtaken by a new caliber?

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidH View Post
    Eventually, but not anytime soon! Every couple years there is another “fan boy” round that is supposed to be SO SUPER MUCH BETTER than 5.56. From the 6.8spc to the 6.5 Grendal, the 300 Whisper, 458 Socom or 50 Beowulf. Now the new one is the Blackout. The Ar15 platform has been kickn’ Butt & takn’ names for over 60 years! We are not going to see a replacement anytime soon. And we certainly won’t be seeing the best performing round in this platform being replaced, while it’s still in use.


    I believe the next “BIG” thing will be infantry Rail Gun Technology. The advancements made in the last few years have led to successful large scale, repeating rail guns. A battleship in China has already been photographed with a full size rail gun, although we do not know it’s performance. The US DOES have fully functional units which can send rounds at Mach7, with a range of 100 miles away! And I ALSO believe they are on our ships as well. The next logical step would seem to be smaller versions which the soldier could use.
    I think we're still several decades away from hand held rail guns. The amount of energy needed to fire the weapon at killing velocities just isn't available yet. I've seen some stuff made, but nothing that comes close to piercing the skin. Even if they get one, getting a RoF to a reasonable level that it's useful in a battle situation is going to be difficult to over come due to the time it takes to charge the system. You just can't break the laws of physics.
    Rules are written in the stone,
    Break the rules and you get no bones,
    all you get is ridicule, laughter,
    and a trip to the house of pain.

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    Default Re: Will 5.56 NATO be overtaken by a new caliber?

    Not till I get issued my light saber.

    Here's a dose of reality for the OP... I'm active military. My gov issued cell phone is a Blackberry. You think we're a bit behind in some areas? I can't tell you how many times I've pulled it out to make a call and someone says, "wow, they still make those things?"

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    Default Re: Will 5.56 NATO be overtaken by a new caliber?

    Quote Originally Posted by MT1 View Post
    My gov issued cell phone is a Blackberry. You think we're a bit behind in some areas? I can't tell you how many times I've pulled it out to make a call and someone says, "wow, they still make those things?"
    Well, of course... during the RFQ process the US government generally entertains and awards contracts to the lowest bidder.

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    Default Re: Will 5.56 NATO be overtaken by a new caliber?

    Don't see it.

    Of course the 7.62 x 51 is sometimes called the AR for adults.

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