Multicam For The Royal Marines
Posted 29 June 2020 - 0407 AM
I like the return to the historical insignia. It always looked smart.
Considering 2 year ago the Chancellor was briefing to have them all but disbanded, this is all deeply welcome.
Edited by Stuart Galbraith, 29 June 2020 - 0407 AM.
Posted 29 June 2020 - 0544 AM
Im all for going back to DPM's. Although it was a somewhat embarrassing match to the deserts the British Army was fighting in since, well forever really.
Posted 29 June 2020 - 0815 AM
SBRs are pretty pointless for anyone not using suppressors.
Edited by bojan, 29 June 2020 - 0816 AM.
Posted 29 June 2020 - 0836 AM
Posted 29 June 2020 - 0959 AM
People survived in the vehicles with 16+" barrels, and kicked doors and cleaned houses also. Whole ultra short 5.56mm thing is cargo culting SF, which made that sacrifice due the very specific environment they work in and need for a suppressor use w/o making weapon too bulky. Vast majority of non-SFs don't use suppressors, hence whole point is moot.
Posted 29 June 2020 - 1114 AM
People survived in the vehicles with 16+" barrels, and kicked doors and cleaned houses also.
They did, but that doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t have preferred a shorter weapon (or a weapon that at least could be made shorter).
Whole ultra short 5.56mm thing is cargo culting SF, which made that sacrifice due the very specific environment they work in and need for a suppressor use w/o making weapon too bulky. Vast majority of non-SFs don't use suppressors, hence whole point is moot.
Look, all I was saying was that SBRs (with or without suppressors) are preferred by the people who expect to be clearing a lot of rooms. Now KJK do use suppressors (not in this image), and VBSS is also one of their roles, so I guess it makes sense for them to have them. I agree, though, that things may have gotten overboard when the bulk of France’s HK416F order are of the 11’’ variant, and if units like the Pathfinder Platoon and Royal Marines Commandos adopt the C8 CQB variant across the board.
Edited by Laser Shark, 29 June 2020 - 1117 AM.
Posted 30 June 2020 - 0357 AM
Posted 30 June 2020 - 0427 AM
There is also an issue, mentioned by Larry Vickers that short barrels (shorter than 14.5") and DI don't mix well with automatic fire, which is not gonna show in the civilian testing for obvious reasons.
To demonstrate, very abridged results of the 5.56mm tests vs 7.62x39mm and 5.45x39mm:
5.56mm SS109, 7.62x39mm M67, 5.45mm 7N6
- 5.56 has better barrier and personal protection penetration than 7.62x39 and 5.45
- 5.56 has better wounding ability, 50-70% / 15-25% more destroyed and damaged tissue than 7.62/5.45
- 5.56mm has about same same barrier and personal protection penetration than 7.62x39 and better than 5.45
- Wounding ability is about the same as 5.45mm, about 20-30% better than 7.62x39mm
- 5.56mm has worse barrier and personal protection penetration than 7.62x39 and about same as 5.45
- 5.56mm has about the same wounding ability as 5.45mm and ~10% worse than 7.62x39mm
Single and automatic fire control (all weapons used were AKs, Yugoslavia made 7.62x39 and 5.56, and Soviet made 5.45)
- 5.56mm has 50-60% better control of automatic fire than 7.62x39mm, about 10% worse than 5.45mm
- 5.56mm has 20-30% better control of the single shot fire than 7.62x39mm, and about 5% worse than 5.45mm.
You can see a significant drop in the wounding ability with 300mm (12") barrels. Shorter than that would be even worse and was not even tested as pointless. Whole point of 5.56mm was it's high velocity and wounding ability deduced from it, and you lose it with short barrels. If you want short barrels, go with something that is less velocity dependant (7.62x39mm or an equivalent).
Edited by bojan, 30 June 2020 - 0427 AM.