Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Senators Urge Army To Authorize Use Of Polymer Magazines For Rifles

Senators are urging the U.S. Army to consider using polymer magazines in rifles in an effort to enhance weapon longevity.

Sens. Joni Ernst, Tom Cotton, David Perdue, Johnny Isakson and Jim Inhofe sent a Friday letter to U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley asking him why the Army has yet to approve the use of polymer magazines. The Marine Corps has already done so.

“We write to you today to question why polymer ammunition magazines for United States Army rifles are not authorized for use in combat or in training,” said the letter. “The Army and Marine Corps simultaneously issued orders stating that polymer magazines were not authorized for use in 2012. This month, five years later, the Marine Corps approved the use of an upgraded version of these polymer magazines. It is our hope that the Army considers them as well, or is able to disclose what issues they’ve found with polymer magazines so that we can make the other service branches aware.”

Polymer magazines offer a distinct advantage to the traditional metal version, particularly when it comes to weapon longevity. Polymer magazines are more durable compared to aluminum magazines, but most importantly, they...

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1 comment:

  1. Senators are always butting in and "urging" the Army to buy something or another. Normally it is because some lobbyist wants to sell it. Some are good ideas that we are looking at anyway. Some are pet rocks for a friend of the Senator. Since the start of the Iraq war, the Army has updated the standard magazines three times already. Eventually, we will likely replace them again. That "eventually" will likely be within 5 years. So, no hurry.

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