Saturday, October 03, 2009

All other things being equal, lighter is usually better



H&K's G11 used caseless ammo, but was never adopted. Was it too far ahead of its time? Or was it just too fugly to take seriously?

One potential problem with caseless is cooking off in a fire. Modern battlefields are filled with fire from flares, white phosphorus munitions and tracers, gun barrels overheating during full auto fire, these all ignite combustibles...

So caseless ammo may be lighter, but it needs to be pretty stable for soldiers to want to carry it into a firefight.

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