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The M4 May Soldier On
By Harold Hutchison

The Army is considering cancelling the Improved Carbine project – raising questions about what will be done with $300 million in the budget. The program had come under audit by the Pentagon’s Inspector General.

According to a report from Military.com, the House Committee on Government Oversight was told of the audit of the program, in which a number of gun companies, including Heckler & Koch, FNH-USA, Remington Defense, Adcor Defense Inc. and Colt Defense LLC, are competing to provide a carbine with more reliability than the current M4A1.

The Army is planning to buy 12,000 new M4A1 carbines, which are replacing the baseline M4 carbine. The M4A1 has a full-auto trigger (as opposed to a three-round burst), and it also hs a heavier barrel.