Getting it done with a Marine M27 IAR, 'aggressive semi-auto fire' (VIDEOS)

Semi vs. Automatic

Semi vs. AutomaticLet's see what we can learn from Gunner in the latest Fact or Fiction film

Posted by 2nd Marine Division on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The 2nd Marine Division’s Gunner addresses the applicability of using automatic vs. semi-automatic fire when it comes to putting rounds on target.

In another installment of “Ask the Gunner,” CW5 Christian P. Wade uses a sometimes-suppressed (squee) M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle in 5.56mm to lay down some hate at varying distances to see what works best: pew, pew or pewpewpewpew.

A select-fire variant of the Heckler & Koch HK416, the IAR has been increasingly fielded since 2010 to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, a more traditional belt-fed light machine gun, in most roles.

“Testing has also conclusively shown that the M249 is a ~12 MOA weapon; far less reliable, responsive, and has a slower rate of fire than our Automatic Rifle,” says Wade in commentary on the unit’s social media account.

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