The US Army is going to hold a new Carbine Competition. This weapon will be replacing the M-4 Carbine. I suspect adoption will occur in 2013 or ’14… but the question is which gun is going to take it. All the major players are gearing up for this. Colt, HK, FNH, Remington, Beretta even has one, and Robinson will throw their XCR up again…. there will undoubtedly be others as well.
The most interesting one, in my opinion is the Remington ACR. I’d love to see that one adopted in 6.8SPC. The new Beretta looks awesome, but I think it looks a bit too delicate, and I but there is an accuracy issue with it. The XCR doesn’t interest me much… the SCAR didn’t make a whole lot of friends who were actually using it in combat and got its self de-funded. The Colt is just another AR type… and the future M4A1 is essentially just an M4 with a heavier barrel and ambi controls. If SHOT Show was any indication as to where the DOD Brass was… it was all around Remington. I think they are going to take it. I don’t see anyone else really stepping up and taking this one home.