U.S. Army Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR) Solicitation

I hope everyone had a good week. If you are in the bomb shelter business life is good right now. Speaking of shelters, have you seen what some of these cat houses look like –  home theater, wet bar, etc. Send it Pyongyang! Well, in any event keep your sweat pumps in low speed.

So, it’s time for our Friday shoot the shit. This is a no charge event that encourages readers to make unsupported statements, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether, and a good Friday shoot the shit will save you from having to pay $150 an hour to a jackass who’s only reason for studying psychology was to understand themselves.

Image result for M80A1 Enhanced PerformanceThis week we are going to talk about the U.S. Army solicitation W15QKN-17-Z-0ANP posted on 04 Aug 2017 for something the Army calls Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR). So what is the ICSR? In its simplest terms, it is a 7.62 x 51 platform capable of firing the M80A1 Enhanced Performance Round (EPR). The ultimate goal is to enhance soldier lethality. So it appears that the lethality issue still lingers even after the M855A1 enhanced 5.56 x 45 round.

I have to admit to being a bit befuddled. Is the Army looking to replace the venerable M4 with a 7.62 carbine, or are they looking for an improved DMR platform, which would make a great deal of sense.

Is the Army abandoning the weight reduction initiative? A 7.62 platform is considerably heavier loaded and accessorized with optics and lighting. How about the weight of the ammunition itself? Is the Army going to reduce the combat ammunition load?

There are all kinds of questions that come to mind. We have ground forces already humping 100+ lbs. , so in all candor this isn’t making a great deal of sense to me.

668965_02_fn_herstal_five_seven_5_7x28_p_640In the background statement there’s mention of defeating body armor. It is generally accepted that a fast small round is more effective at defeating body armor than a slower, larger heavier one. A perfect example is FN’s SS190.

So what is the Army trying to achieve? Will this be another M4 replacement fiasco?

Let us know what you think!

Have a great weekend and by all means stay out of the heat. Spend some quality time with your buds and family in your new shelter. Just kidding folks.

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