The Army Isn't Getting Rid of Its M4s and SAWs Any Time Soon

The Army is moving quickly toward a replacement for the M4 carbine and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon machine gun, but don't expect those old weapons to head into retirement any time soon.

"That is a future decision to be made, very much dependent on the prototyping we have going on now," Gen. John Murray, head of Army Futures Command, told lawmakers during a House Armed Services subpanel hearing Monday when asked about the force's timeline on shelving the M4 and SAW.

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