October 07, 2005

I Want One...

The XM29 OICW System has been shelved for myriad reasons, but some good did come out of it.

One part is the XM8, an incrimentally better replacement for the the M16 and M4 rifles, though it still suffers from being chambered for the anemic 5.56mm NATO round, instead of the more effective 6.8 SPC or a similar cartridge. In most regards, it is evolutionary, not revolutionary, but it will get the job done.

And then there is the XM25.

Via ATK:

The XM25 air-burst assault weapon is a next-generation, semi-automatic weapon system designed for effectiveness against enemies protected by walls, dug into foxholes, or hidden in hard-to-reach places.

The XM25 provides the soldier with a 300 to 500% increase in hit probability to defeat point, area, and defilade targets out to 500 meters. The weapon features revolutionary high-explosive, air-burst ammunition programmed by the weapon's target acquisition/fire control system.

The XM25 integrates ballistics computation in the full-solution Target Acquisition/Fire Control (TA/FC) system. The soldier places the aim point on target and activates the laser rangefinder. The fire control system provides an adjusted aim point. The soldier places the adjusted aim point on target and pulls the trigger. Target information is communicated to the chambered 25mm round. As the round speeds down range, it measures the distance traveled and bursts precisely at the distance preprogrammed.

All I'm saying is that deer season starts in a couple of weeks, and I just happen to have an Amazon Honor System account over to the right...

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 7, 2005 06:48 AM | TrackBack

Heh. You can't afford the ammo, dude. Trust me.

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at October 7, 2005 08:19 AM

I'm guessing once it gets mass produced and costs go down it will probably run $20-$120 a shell, depending on the kind of ammo, with the flechettes on the cheap end.

Does that sound about right, or am I way off?

I just figure that I'd fire fewer rounds per deer season... like one.

You figure in the cost of red meat these days, and from that perspective, it might not be that be too bad of a deal overall. :-)

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at October 7, 2005 08:28 AM

You'd get the same results at less expense using a pipe bomb against bambi. The videos I've seen of the air-burst munitions are interesting, they can be fired into a window after autoprogramming to explode in the middle of the room. Kind of like a long range 20mm hand grenade.

Posted by: me at October 7, 2005 10:04 AM


Pipe bombs aren't cool. They aren't sexy, and they aren't worth squat at the ranges at which hunters typically encounter deer.

BTW, the 20mm is a has-been. This is now a 25mm weapon.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at October 7, 2005 12:07 PM

What's next? Deer hunting with a small, thermonuclear device?

Real men hunt with a homemade knife clenched between their teeth and nothing else.

Heh heh.

Posted by: lady redhawk at October 7, 2005 12:44 PM

Real men hunt with a homemade knife clenched between their teeth and nothing else.

I tried that, but it gets really cold here during hunting season and their are certain parts I don't want chapped.


Posted by: Confederate Yankee at October 7, 2005 12:51 PM

May I suggest a loincloth? :)

Posted by: lady redhawk at October 7, 2005 01:59 PM

Poor Bambi! It would be like the film clip from Monty Python's Godzilla meets Bambi. I don't think there would be anything left of Bambi. By the way, I like lady redhawk's suggestion only if you look like Brendan Fraser in George of the Jungle.

Posted by: Dungflies at October 10, 2005 07:53 PM