12 Jan '18, 7am

M27s and 'Head-to-Toe' Gear Overhaul on the Way for Marine Grunts

After more than a year of speculation, the word comes straight from the commandant of the Marine Corps : Grunts, including those outside the squad, are getting the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle -- and a whole lot of other goodies to boot. Military.com first reported in November 2016 that the Marine Corps was eyeing the idea of fielding the weapon more broadly within the infantry, and had issued M27s to members of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, the service's experimental infantry battalion, to observe how it improved their effectiveness. Currently, the M27 is carried by only one member of each infantry fire team: the automatic rifleman. With the battalion's deployment to the Pacific at an end, Marine leaders are considering a list of 41 different recommendations generated by the unit, and M27s are at the top of the list. Related content: Marine Corps to Cut Infantry Assaultman ...

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