Skip to comments.Army to Test ‘Game Changing’ Gun in Combat
Posted on 05/08/2010 12:54:28 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
ABERDEEN TEST CENTER, Md. -- The Army is set to send its high-tech "counter defilade" weapon to the war zone in the next few months, the first real-world deployment for the much-anticipated XM-25 Individual Airburst Weapon.
Officials announced May 5 that a group of Army Special Forces Soldiers will take the weapon with them to Afghanistan sometime this summer.
During live-fire demo here, Soldiers shot the Heckler & Koch-made XM-25's high-explosive rounds through the window of a simulated building, showering "enemy" mannequins inside with lethal metal fragments.
Afghanistan veterans who fired the weapon for the first time this week predicted it would be a "game changing" weapon, a gun that can engage Taliban insurgents using distant ridge-tops, thick mud walls and tree lines as cover.
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When will the civilian model be available?
Yeah...just wait ‘til the IRS and ATFE get their hands on these....
“Yeah...just wait til the IRS and ATFE get their hands on these....”
But there are still a HELL of a lot more of US than of THEM!!
Game changing I guess as long as the laser can be used effectively but they have limitations. How is this more effective than a simple grenade launcher?
Too bad they’ll NEVER get authorization to actually use these in combat. You can’t shoot into a dwelling! There could be Afghani Girl Scouts in there!
3” 12 ga shells to be available?
A bit too extreme for home defense;)
Can this shoot the same rounds as the Bradley?
A grenade launcher, or a bazooka round is just as effective and a LOT LESS MONEY!
The difference is in the precision. The charge is programmed precisely when to go off, thus when firing at a target behind said ‘mud wall,’ it will only explode after it has passed the wall. Direct and extremely effective artillary fire.
This will save our guys a lot of time and looks easy to carry around.
ha ha ha - never; however, your local police will no doubt be armed with them sooner or later. Gotta keep those violent tea partiers in line.
If you want to shatter the shooter's shoulder with recoil.
Well for starters it's accurate to 700 meters. It's also programmable to explode overhead or behind the target. The $25,000 price tag might discourage the average 'hunter' in your neighborhood for having one, but for the troops in the sandbox it just might fill the bill.
P.S. If we could get a collection going, I might be able to find a spot in my gunsafe for one. (I live in a great neighborhood. I'd like to keep it that way.)
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Let Freedom Ring,
Yeah...just wait til the IRS and ATFE get their hands on these....
They will otherwise become known as “The XM-25 Supply Stores” as that’s what will happen to them.
I wouldn’t mind a few AA-12 automatic shotguns.
I want to be the first to nickname this gun right now !
Forget the IRS and ATFE! Wait til the Postal Service gets them. You haven’t been sending first class mail by a private service have you? Just to be safe, put on some extra stamps next time.
Lookie, a Third Armored Carnival sandwich......with a badass gun.
>> There could be Afghani Girl Scouts in there!
Those “Camel Drops” are my favorite cookie! Can’t get enough of ‘em.
Soon to be standard issue for IRS agents charged with enforcing the Obamacare requirement to purchase health insurance, OR ELSE.
There is a whole list of stuff that I'd like (claymores are effective in keeping organized gang assaults from being completely effective), but the government reserves for it's protectors.
Conventional grenade launchers’ projectiles are usually impact fused and often cannot be used against people hiding behind walls due to angles and ranges. The ones that are time fused are often difficult to set so they’ll go off at the appropriate range.
This thing takes the guesswork out of the equation.
Exactly so. An impact fused round might have gone off upon contact with the window, wasting most of the power and shrapnel of the explosion outside. This one goes inside and gets the SOB who fired and ducked back, hugging the wall and thinking he was safe.
Or some “moderate Tah-lee-bahn.”
I see your point.
“During live-fire demo here, Soldiers shot the Heckler & Koch-made XM-25’s high-explosive rounds through the window of a simulated building, showering “enemy” mannequins inside with lethal metal fragments.”
Wait, some do gooder at Defense at the Whitey House will recommend these weapons never be used. Why? Because the use of the weapon would be unfair advantage to the U.S. — our enemy has not such weapon and it would, therefore, be an unequal playing field.
Proof please. I call BS on that precise statement (highlighted above).
When TSHTF “trading up” policy goes into effect.
I like the bullpup design. Should be quite devastating in urban combat.
Now if Obama will just let our war fighters use these guns, we’d be making progress much faster.
Twenty for so pounds of gun and fairly simple to defeat if in a prepared positon. Probably not a lot of advantage in close or long range mobile engagements.
Darn, imagine my disappointment that the game changing weapon isn't a Star Trek phaser. . . .
I think it’s a game ender.
That could make it easier to get our hands on them when Civil War II happens, actually.
Ummmm do you know how long it's been since the Bazooka round actually saw combat? Like maybe the Korean War. It's since been replaced by the 90mm recoiless rifle (which was in my active duty unit -- the last unit in the army to have those) and then later replaced by a generation of fire and dispose rockets like the LAAW series and later the VIPER and who knows what else by now. If the technology is reliable under combat conditions then any expense is worth it!
It’s better than a grenade launcher because you can precisely control the range at which the grenade explodes in flight rather than waiting for it to hit something.
If a bad guy is behind a wall, you laze the wall and get the range. Then you shoot over the wall and the grenade explodes 2-3 meters above and behind the guy hiding behind the wall.
It was sarcasm. Banning the ADS is real.
Im sure 0bama’s domestic security force will have them.
Obama will surely find a way to stall the use or procurement funding, with his Arab bloodline and loyalties it would be an unfair advantage for westerners.
All the right reasons why POTUS must be a Natural Born Citizen of EXACTLY what the Constitution requires for an elected President.
I remember the documentary of how they calculate the range fuzing, its all about how many revolutions and the microprocessor that signals the fuzing.
It won’t be long before we have guided bullets like in the Tom Selleck movie.
Revelation 13:4 (New International Version)
Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”