The US Special Forces are going to be fielding two new variants of the venerable M16 platform, the Mark-16 and Mark-17 (Mk16/Mk17), respectively. Correction – they’re getting the FN SCAR rifle.
From this story on CNN, the detail that will probably interest the most people here is that the Mk17 is a 7.62 NATO rifle.
The Mk17 fires a larger 7.62 mm round that is used in some U.S. military machine guns,
If you read the actual article from CNN, it’s almost funny; they talk about the relatively modular nature of the M-16 platform of rifles as if it’s a brand new concept, which to anyone who has ever swapped an upper to change the caliber of his AR – it isn’t.
Every since we started up with the War on Terror, there has been something of an outcry for a round with better terminal ballistics than the 5.56, and since SOCOM get what SOCOM want, they’re now going to be fielding new rifles (not 30 year old beat up M-14s) chambered in7.62.