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Leaked report details more problems with the M27 — but it may be old news

Marine Corps M27 Camp LejeuneUS Marine Corps/Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders

 

A recently leaked copy of a 2016 report on M27 testing raises questions about whether the new rifle is ready to field. The M27 reportedly experienced frequent bolt-over-brass malfunctions associated with a high cyclic rate, resulting in frequent stoppages from the weapon’s failure to fully feed each round from its magazine. But a Marine expert said the the stoppage and loading issues were solved shortly after testing detailed in the 2016 report through three adjustments.

The Marine Corps’ much-hyped M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle may have picked up a much-needed cost reduction, but the rifle’s troubles are still on full display.

Just days after the Marine Corps announced its intent to buy 15,000 M27 IARs from Heckler and Koch at around $1,300 per weapon — down from the eye-popping $3,000 price tag that rankled lawmakers in March — The Firearm Blog published a leaked copy of a 2016 report on M27 testing that raises questions about whether the new rifle is ready to field. A Marine expert, however, told Task & Purpose the Corps has already addressed the issues that emerged in this troubling report.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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