For shooters, building an effective rifle begins with the bullet. That’s why Special Operations Command is calling for a new caliber for its semi-automatic sniper rifles.
Still in the preliminary stages, SOCOM is considering a sniper rifle chambered in 6.5 mm and is testing two commercial rounds: the .260 Remington and the 6.5 mm Creedmoor, according to Military Times.
The 6.5 mm rounds will stay supersonic for longer, have less wind drift, and greater impact than 7.62 mm ammunition, SOCOM officials told Military Times. Additionally, SOCOM is looking into creating polymer ammo in 6.5mm in order to reduce the load. Doing so would shave off one-third of the weight, bringing a 6.5 mm complement close to the weight range of 5.56 mm ammo.
The organization is deliberately focusing on readily available and popular ammunition, looking into the drawbacks and benefits of each, Maj. Aron Hauquitz told Military Times.
"We're purely in the exploratory phase," Hauquitz said. "We're trying to see if we can take a weapon that is 7.62 and give it greater range, accuracy and lethality."
The decision to look into 6.55 ammunition came out of preliminary results from the Small Arms Ammunition Configuration study, which looks at commercially available ammo, as well as new technology.
While the ammo and rifle are being developed alongside each other, the project is still in its research phase, with no clear date on when a new rifle will be in operator’s hands, but they’ll have a better idea of caliber size later this year, according to Military Times.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.