Nov. 9 (UPI) — Colt’s Manufacturing Company and FN America have each been awarded $88.6 million by the U.S. Army for the production of M4 and M4A1 carbines.
The purchases, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, are modifications to existing contracts, with production expected to run through September 2020 for both companies. Army fiscal 2019 and 2020 operations and maintenance funds have been obligated in the full amount for both contracts.
The M4 carbine is a standard-issue weapon in use by the U.S. military and in many other nations. It is chambered for 5.56mm and is capable of single-shot and three-round burst operation. It is generally loaded by NATO standardized STANAG 30-round magazines.
Modern versions of the M4 usually have rail mounts that are able to mount a variety of accessories such as optics, thermal sights, bipods, foregrips and lasers.
Colt lives another day
No new calibers or features for the army not even m-lock
in unrelated news
Springfield Armory releases RO Elite Operator 1911 in 10mm
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