20 April 2008

Congressman Faults Colt For Its Exlusive Government M4 Contract

"No weapon is more important to tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan than the carbine rifle. And for well over a decade, the military has relied on one company, Colt Defense of Hartford, Conn., to make the M4s they trust with their lives. Now, as Congress considers spending millions more on the guns, this exclusive arrangement is being criticized as a bad deal for American forces as well as taxpayers, according to interviews and research conducted by The Associated Press."

The full story is here.

Interestingly, 89 percent of soldiers using this firearm are satisfied with the M4. Personally, $1500 is not an unreasonable price. What's the alternative, the blue rubber rifles that people are afraid to see on the streets around an ROTC building on a college campus?

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