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Default The AR15/M16 gas system problem...

You talk about a "problem"? Then you should read this...

COLT M-4 CARBINE FINISHES LAST IN LATEST U.S. ARMY RELIABILITY TESTS.

Guess it's time for a change with something radically different, isn't it?
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Default Re: The AR15/M16 gas system problem and the Rhino system

There are many available solutions to make it reliable. Reinventing the AR 18...
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There are many available solutions to make it reliable. Reinventing the AR 18...

You said it. Solutions to the unreliability of the AR-15/M-16 in military usage, especially U.S. military, are several, but the only ones that will give said militaries a good edge of safety and will ensure them a long service time of the weapon is to discard the M-16 system as it is and adopt a completely new one. The XM8-LAR was sacked, and it was an error, but I can understand that switching to a fully different system could have been a problem. The U.S. should restart their search for an M-16/M-4 substitute right now. The Robinson XCR is a good candidate: it is similar enough to the M-16 so that the training procedures won't need be revolutioned; yet it is different enough to ensure the solution to most of the problems. Its extreme versatilyt allows it to be used either as a standard infantry or special applications rifle; and its 16" or 18" barrel is enough to sustain the modern combat situations, more and more characterized by close-quarters engagements (especially MOUT), and allows one single weapon to be issued instead of an hodgepodge: the standard XCR can replace both the M-16 rifles AND the M-4/M4Ax carbines in service, finally making the U.S. military arsenal homogeneous. Compatibility with AR-15/M-16/M-4/M4-Ax parts should be investigated further, so that the procurement expenses could be mitigated by the Department of Defense effectively procuring to the industry most of the parts with which the new service weapons will be manufactured; and the remaining M-16s etc. could either be turned to National Guard or Reserve units, be sold to foreign countries, or again, cannibalized for spare parts.

Another solution would be to adopt a bull-pup, but I guess the idea is under the American military point of view. Nonetheless, I liked the Bushmaster M-17S and I always though it to have military potential. It is a bull-pup conversion of the AR-18, like the British SA-80, only the M-17S works. The weapon could be improved as for ventilation so to prevent handguard overheating (that's the biggest problem with the M-17S), provided with select-fire capabilities (maybe, again, using M16 parts to reduce the costs) and be made ambidestrous by placing the Safety/Fire selector switch and the mag release button closer to the grip: nothing new in bullpups, the Israeli TAVOR-2 already does it. The ejection could be made ambidextrous too in several ways: either " la SAR-21", keeping the ejection port on the right side only but enlarging it and providing it with case deflectors, so that it can be fired by either shoulder and even from the hip; " la FN F-2000/Kel-Tec RFB", with a complex forward-ejecting system; or more simply " la KBP A-91", that small Russian Bull-Pup which in fact ejects forward: using a system initially developed by KBP/TsKIB-SOO/TsnIItochmash/TulaMash designers like Afanasiev during the early 1960s: the ejection port is located above the pistol grip, and points forward, extracted cases are fed from bolt head through the short ejection tube to the ejection port, and fall out of the gun well clear of the shooter's face, even when firing from the left shoulder.
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Default Re: The AR15/M16 gas system problem and the Rhino system

KISS! Keep It Simple, Stupid!

The M16 platform is a good one, look at the H&K 416, the LMT and other similar designs.
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