A while back, I had the Springfield Armory M-1A, which is the civilian version of the M-14. It’s a great gun and I’ll probably buy another with a match barrel and composite stock someday. My military friends all liked it but it’s not light and the ammo can get pretty heavy, too.
My young Marine friends haven’t had problems with jamming but they keep their firearms (they also have AR sporter rifles) pristine. However, the M-16/AR-15 platform is getting long in the tooth. Barrett and Heckler & Koch have some new alternatives, similar to the existing platform, the US military is testing. I think both are chambered in 6.8MM (something in between the current 5.56MM and the M-14’s 7.62MM).
Heckler & Koch?
Do we have to always go overseas to purchase weapons for the military?
“I think both are chambered in 6.8MM (something in between the current 5.56MM and the M-14s 7.62MM).”
It’s very unlikely they’ll add an additional caliber to the supply chain.