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Army's search for new rifle

(US News) - The Army announced last week it was suspending its search for a new rifle to outfit all soldiers after program officials concluded none of the competitors trying to replace the current weapon offered a more reliable rifle for combat.

The Army is looking for replacements for its standard-issue M4 rifle, shown here being fired by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lauren Everett.

The standard issue rifle for the Army during the Vietnam era was the M-16, which gave way through the 1990s to the M-4 carbine that troops now carry, made by Hartford, Conn.-based Colt Defense LLC. That company offered a design to compete for the Army's so-called "improved carbine," along with other contractors Adcor Defense Inc., FNH-USA, Heckler & Koch and Remington Defense.

Testing for a replacement began in 2012, during which the Army began rating each candidate's weapon for accuracy, reliability and durability. It did not move onto the next phase of testing, which would include environmental and operational tests, instead saying none of the rifles passed muster.

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