August 17 2017
The U.S. Marine Corps is requesting 50,000 more M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles, which are built by Heckler & Koch, reports the Marine Corps Times.
Commandant Gen. Robert Neller earlier this year said that he wants the rifle for every 0311 rifleman in the Corps.
The Marines began fielding 4,000 M27 IARs in 2010 to replace the M249 squad automatic weapon.
The service later decided that Marines needed both rifles, so that 5.56-mm M27 has been phased-in to replace the M4.
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