Weapons: Tomorrow's Rifles

The weapons of modern navies and air forces are largely the products of the most modern technology, but on the ground the basic infantry weapon, the rifle, has barely changed in half a century. The M-14 carried by present-day G.I.s is only a slight improvement on the heavy, clumsy M-1 of World War II; the M1, in turn, was little different from the Springfield of World War I. They are all large-bore weapons firing heavy bullets that have rapid spin, which aids their long-range accuracy—a quality that has little value in a rifle...

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