Equipment Piece of the Week: M4/M4A1 Carbine

The equipment piece of the week is the M4/M4A1 Carbine, which increases the lethality and operational flexibility of the Soldier with a carbine-length version of the M16 Rifle.

The M4 Carbine series is designed for lightness, speed, mobility and firepower and is standard issue for brigade combat teams in theater.  The system is one pound lighter than the M16 series of rifles.   The M4 series of carbines can also be mounted with the M203A2 Grenade Launcher, M320A1 Grenade Launcher, or M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System.  The weapon incorporates more than 60 refinements since its inception.  In post-combat surveys, 94 percent of Soldiers rate the M4 as an effective weapon system.

In September 2010, Headquarters Department of the Army G3/5/7 authorized the M4A1 as the standard carbine for the U.S. Army.  Compared to the M4, the M4A1 has a heavier barrel and is fully automatic, improvements that deliver greater sustained rates of fire.  The Army intends to upgrade both the M4 and M4A1 configurations with an ambidextrous fire control assembly.  SOCOM has been using the M4A1 configuration since 1994.

For more information on the M4/M4A1 Carbine, click here.

For information on the Dual Path Strategy for the Next Generation of Army Service Rifles, click here.

M4 Carbine with Standard Accessories

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