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According to the National Interest, the US Marine Corps has picked the Heckler & Koch M27 as its new infantry rifle.
The new rifle is part of a wider overhaul of the Marines’ infantry gear. They are also getting new communications equipment, body armor, suppressors and night-vision optics.
The Corps began running unit-level trials with the M27 in late 2016. In February 2017, the branch released a Request for Information asking various manufacturers about their capacity to produce 11,000 M27s.
The M27 infantry automatic rifle.
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In August 2017 the Corps announced its interest in buying more than 50,000 of the new weapons from Heckler & Koch as part of a sole-source deal.
A few Marines received M27s starting in 2011. The weapon has already seen action in Afghanistan.
The 5.56-millimeter M27 is based on Heckler & Koch’s HK416. It’s piston-driven and sports a free-floating barrel.
Marines reportedly like the M27 for its reliability and accuracy.
An M27 reportedly costs around $3,000.
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