The decision on whether or not the Marine Corps will swap the M16 for the M4 carbine now sits on the commandant’s desk after being endorsed by several major commands, and a final decision can come in weeks. With its shorter barrel, the M4 has a slightly reduced range compared to the M16, but proponents of the carbine argue that its many advantages make up for that drawback.
"Some argue beyond that the M4 carbine lacks effectiveness versus the M16, but the M16 is like driving a sports car with a six-cylinder engine," firearms expert Larry Vickers told Marine Corps Times, due to the fact that both weapons are limited by the same small 5.56mm cartridge. "You can shoot 400 to 500 yards away, but you are still shooting a 5.56."
Though the M16 is, and has been, an iconic weapon of Marine Corps infantry since the Vietnam War, there are many who feel its time has passed, and that the little black rifle, is the future.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighboring Iraq the day after Christmas.
Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from U.S. commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, U.S. officials said.
In a message to the force sent Tuesday, Adm. Karl L. Schultz said both he and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary remain "fully engaged" on the missing pay issue, which have caused "anxiety and uncertainty" for Coasties and their families.