Enter the characters you see below Sorry, we just need to make sure you’re not a robot. Marine Corps adopted the M249 Squad Automatic Free infant magazines, one year after the U. Procurement was a service-level decision because the weapon was adopted by the Army with a contract method the Marines could use.
While the belt-fed M249 was portable and had a high volume of fire, its relatively heavy weight meant gunners could have trouble keeping up with riflemen. Around 2000, the 1st Marine Division’s 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines Regiment conducted initial, limited IAR trials which confirmed the desirability of a light automatic rifle. The Infantry Automatic Rifle program began on 14 July 2005, when the Marine Corps sent Requests For Information to arms manufacturers. In 2006, contracts were issued to several manufacturers for sample weapons. Koch weapon won the competition and entered into a five-month period of final testing. An M27 IAR displayed at the NDIA Joint Armaments Conference in May 2010. While Marine Corps Systems Command was optimistic about operational testing, former Commandant of the Marine Corps General James T.
In May 2011, General James Amos of the U. In early 2017, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said he wanted to equip every “0311” rifleman with an M27 IAR. Marine practices firing an M27 IAR on fully automatic fire in April 2012.
The notion that the M27 represents a reduction in suppressive fire has spawned considerable debate between proponents of the M249 SAW within the infantry and those who advocate that a lighter, more maneuverable, and accurate weapon is sufficient to support offensive operations at the squad level. It is debatable, in fact, that program officials actually concede a loss of suppressive fire capabilities, as the only statements of concern over this concept were made by General Conway. With a SAW, the doctrine of fire suppression is the sound of continuous fire with rounds landing close to the enemy. While the M249’s volume of fire may be greater, it is less accurate. Experienced troops who have dealt with incoming fire are less likely to take cover from incoming rounds if they are not close enough. With an IAR, the doctrine is that lower volume of fire is needed with better accuracy. Another benefit of the M27 over the M249 is that in many respects it resembles an M4 rifle as used by the rest of the squad.
This makes it harder to identify by enemy troops. The IAR was initially fielded in December 2010. 1st Battalion 3rd Marines were deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011 with 84 IARs. Former SAW gunners initially did not like the M27, but appreciated it as time went on.