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PRESIDENT TRUMP ISN’T MUCH OF AN OUTDOORSMAN, ASIDE FROM GOLF. BUT MAYBE MORE THAN ANY PRESIDENT SINCE TEDDY ROOSEVELT, HE UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF OTHERS GETTING OUTSIDE TO BOAT, HUNT, FISH, SHOOT, AND HIKE AND THEIR DEMANDS FOR ACCESS TO FEDERAL LANDS AND WATERWAYS. “HE’S BASICALLY SAID, ‘GIT-R-DONE,'”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’D SWEAR HE’S CONSIDERING A RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. CUBAN’S FIRST ACT, IF HE SHOULD EVER ACQUIRE SUCH POWER AND AUTHORITY, WOULD BE TO REWORK THE 2ND AMENDMENT TO SAY EVERY CITIZEN IN THE UNITED STATES HAS THE RIGHT TO OWN A GUN, WHICH CONSIDERING THE NUMBER OF FIREARMS IN THIS COUNTRY IS ESSENTIALLY THE WAY IT IS NOW.

Every Marine

Shelby Murdoc

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 — “Every Marine a rifleman,” they say. The full quote, by Gen. Alfred M. Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps, is, “Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary.” Today, the United States Marine Corps is in the process of upgunning its riflemen.

The M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, originally intended as a replacement for many (but not all) of the M249 SAWs in Corps inventory, has since been designated the new standard infantry weapon for the entire USMC. The M27 IAR is based on the Heckler & Koch HK416, a piston-driven rifle that serves in a number of militaries and is, perhaps, most famous for being the rifle Navy SEALs supposedly used to kill Osama bin Laden in 2011.

The IAR was chosen from a number of contenders when the Marines were looking for a lighter, more rifle-like squad-level support weapon, but the IAR’s capabilities and the lackluster performance of the M4 carbine in the open spaces of Afghanistan and other dusty wildernesses led to the decision to equip every Marine with one.

Like the M4, M16, and M249 that it is replacing, the M27 fires the 5.56mm cartridge. More precise than the M249, it turns suppressive fire from a volume approach into a quality approach with an extended range that is especially useful in the mountains and deserts where America’s enemies seem to be found so often these days.

Taking the IAR to the next level, the M38 is the marksmanship version of the M27. The M38 is an “accurized” model of the IAR, equipped with a Leupold TS-30A2 Mark 4 MR/T 2.5-8x36mm variable power scope. The M38 will be issued to one designated marksman per infantry rifle squad, giving each squad an even-longer reach against targets at 600 meters and beyond.

The designated marksman approach has been evolving since the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, when the U.S. Army began issuing M14 rifles (chambered in 7.62mm) to add range to its squads armed with M4 carbines for urban combat in the villages and cities of Iraq.

While many members of the sniper community are quick to criticize the designated marksman concept in general and the M38 specifically as being woefully incapable, it’s important to recognize the difference between a rifle squad’s designated marksman and a dedicated sniper. It is very possible that, as the M27 is issued to every rifleman and every Marine can reach out beyond the 300m or so that the M4 is good for, that the need for a designated rifleman may evaporate. The modular nature of the platform could bring designated marksman-level equipment to every single shooter, and the only people complaining about that will be the bad guys.

Meanwhile, the sniper community should rest a little easier knowing that the Mk13 Mod7 is on the way to the scout snipers. Unlike the M38 for standard rifle squads, the Mk13 Mod7 is a true sniper rifle. Intended to finally replace the M40, the new sniper is chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum and is effective beyond 1000m. The M40, based on the 7.62mm Remington 700 bolt-action, has served capability since Vietnam, but its days as the standard Marine sniper rifle are numbered as it struggles to reach 1000m and sometimes leaves Marine scout snipers a little short of what they need.

“If we get picked off at a thousand yards before we can shoot, then what’s the point?” one anonymous reconnaissance sniper asked back in 2015. Originally used by Navy SEALs, the Mk13 Mod 7 will help ensure that Marine snipers can shoot before they or their fellow Marines get “picked off.”

The Marines are still busy working out details and budgets, but experience in the combat zone has taught them that upgrades are needed. These new rifles—M27, M38, and Mk13 Mod7—will make every Marine rifleman more effective on tomorrow’s battlefields. They know that every other condition is secondary.

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BREAKING :
PRESIDENT TRUMP ISN’T MUCH OF AN OUTDOORSMAN, ASIDE FROM GOLF. BUT MAYBE MORE THAN ANY PRESIDENT SINCE TEDDY ROOSEVELT, HE UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF OTHERS GETTING OUTSIDE TO BOAT, HUNT, FISH, SHOOT, AND HIKE AND THEIR DEMANDS FOR ACCESS TO FEDERAL LANDS AND WATERWAYS. “HE’S BASICALLY SAID, ‘GIT-R-DONE,'”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’D SWEAR HE’S CONSIDERING A RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. CUBAN’S FIRST ACT, IF HE SHOULD EVER ACQUIRE SUCH POWER AND AUTHORITY, WOULD BE TO REWORK THE 2ND AMENDMENT TO SAY EVERY CITIZEN IN THE UNITED STATES HAS THE RIGHT TO OWN A GUN, WHICH CONSIDERING THE NUMBER OF FIREARMS IN THIS COUNTRY IS ESSENTIALLY THE WAY IT IS NOW.