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Barrett REC7 - Future Weapons

Unlike possible replacements for the M16/M4 such as the now canceled XM8, the REC7 is not an entirely new rifle, instead it is only made up of an upper receiver (made by Barrett) that is attached to M16/M4 service rifle lower receivers and is compatible to many accessories intended for the M16/M4 family. It can also be mated to M16/M4 lower receivers currently in the possession of the US military. The rifle uses a short stroke piston mechanism, unlike the M16 or M4 which use direct impingement.

In addition, the REC7 uses the new 6.8 mm Remington SPC (6.8 x 43) rounds that are very similar in size to the 5.56 mm rounds used by the United States Military today. According to Barrett, the new 6.8 mm round is supposed to have 50% more stopping power than the 5.56 round and a longer effective range. The round has a slightly lower velocity than the 5.56 round, but Barrett claims it has 1.5 t



Added: Oct-9-2008 
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