shoobe01 posted:SPDSNYPR posted:
...I think if they reworked an M4 with a new, really good barrel, a really good forend system, and a better trigger at the same barrel length, you'd have a competitive system for less cost...I bet you put a good upper assy and drop a Geissele trigger into an M4 or A4 lower, you're going to have similar performance for less cost and weight...
So it's been mentioned many times before, including a couple times in this thread, that leadership doesn't get that systems like the AR-15 are modular, and can be upgraded without buying all new guns.
Is there ANY weapon system that any branch thinks is modular like that? Cause if there was a way to classify it as suck—from procurement policy to arms room management—then if there was one thing to do to improve the common issue rifle, it would be that: allow to be modular to infinite upgrades and customizations in the future.
I am going to take a wild guess that although you are factually correct, once you add in cost factors like the labor required to install that new barrel, trigger pack, and rail system, store the weapons while awaiting shipment to users, etc., the cost gets above what it would take to just procure a new one. That happened when MARSOC exploded in size; the Corps couldn’t continue to cobble together MEU(SOC) 1911s to oufit the users, so it purchased a new variant.
For example, at the School of Infantry-West armory, they have one of the biggest inventories (I think The Basic School has the largest armory) of service weapons in the Marine Corps.
There are barely enough armorers to keep the on-hand weapons (which go through extremely high round counts) operational. Overhead costs like manpower are another pro (X armorers x pay + housing + medical + dental + commissary + SGLI + etc., etc. adds up to a hefty price tag) for just purchasing new weapons once old ones reach their service life.
If we were talking about doing a depot-level upgrade or service life extension program on a LAV-25, Amphib Assault Vehicle, or M109 tracked howitzer, yeah, you strip the hulk and slap in new internals, suspension, etc. Small arms? Not so much.