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  • H&K XM8 Carbine

H&K XM8 Carbine

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Market types:

Police & Law Enforcement, Military Arms

Rifle type:

Semi-automatic, Full-automatic

Caliber:

.223 Rem

About Product

Model: XM8 Carbine XM8 Carbine
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Subgroup: assault rifle assault rifle
Manufacturer: Heckler & Koch Heckler & Koch
Action Automatic Automatic
  Gas Operated Gas Operated
Rate of fire: 750 750
Made in: Germany Germany
Year: 2003 2003
     
Caliber: 223 Remington (5.56×45mm NATO) 223 Remington (5.56×45mm NATO)
Barrel length: 12,5 12,5
Barrel finish: Grey Grey
Barrel type: Round Round
Rate of twist: 7 7
     
Stock type: Expandable Expandable
Stock material: Synthetic Synthetic
Stock finish: Tan Black
Butt: Plastic Plastic
Overall length: 33 33
     
Sights: None None
  None None
Magazine capacity: 10 / 30 / 100 10 / 30 / 100
Magazine type: Detachable box Detachable box
     
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The XM8 was a lightweight assault rifle system devloped by Heckler & Koch as derivate of their G36 rifle for the United States Army. Developed from late 1990's to 2005 to become the Army's new standard infantry rifle and to replace M16 rifle, project was canceled in October 2005. The XM8 is now in service with Malaysian special forces and the Royal Malaysian Navy. The XM8 is a multi-configurable weapon that has four variants: a baseline assault weapon, a special compact, a designated marksman, and a light machine gun. To meet changing mission requirements, these variants are easily and quickly reconfigured at the unit level with the use of interchangeable assembly groups such as barrel, handguard, buttstock modules and sighting systems. Stock of the XM8 is synthetic five adjustable positions for length. Four variants were made: Carbine with 12.5 in (317.5 mm) barrel, Compact with 9.0 in (228.6 mm) barrel, Sharpshooter rifle with 20.0 in (508 mm) barrel, Automatic rifle with 20.0 in (508 mm) barrel. Muzzle velocities were: 2948 fps (899 mps) with 20 in barrel, 2653 fps (809 mps) with 12.5 in barrel, 2401 fps (732 mps) with 9.0 in. barrel. The XM8 had no iron sights but used reflex sight with fused IR illuminator and pointer. It used 10 or 30 rounds detachable box magazines that could be attached together or 100 round drum magazine. Different barrels and modules can be swapped quickly depending on tactical situations. Design goals were: Increased reliability - capable of firing 20,000 rounds without stoppages or malfunction. Cost effective - 1/3 less than cost of current base weapon system. Weight reduction - 30% weight reduction objective vs the current weapon system. Longevity - increased over the current weapon system. Less training - Soldiers trained in 1/3 the time. Highly functional - quick and easy interchangeable parts for changing missions. Multi-functional - three variants: one weapon family.

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