The development of a new standard rifle by the United States Army reduces the number of small arms of infantry regiments from seven to two.
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Background: The development of a new standard rifle by the United States Army reduces the number of small arms of infantry regiments from seven to two.
This rifle is part of the streamlined, new weapons system, and is available in two versions, the M.14 and the m.15. The essential differences between the two models is the barrel, which is interchangeable. The M.14 weighs only 8.7 pounds, and is also equipped with a bipod. Its duties cover those formerly effected by the 20-pound Browning Automatic rifle. Both models fire 7.62 mm ammunition, and are thus incorporated in the standard weapons used by the NATO allies in Europe, which utilize 7.62 mm. cartridges.
From the soldiers' point of view this development means lighter equipment and shorter initial training. For the US Army as a whole this weapon bring in advantageous standardisation.