Federal 9mm Ammo / Photo by Jack Shepherd

The US Army is facing new issues related to the brand new Sig Sauer MCX Spear(officially designated as the XM5), the military can not seem to get enough ammo for the rifle.

When the US Army began its search for an upgrade to the M4A1 a major concern was ammunition, the military wanted an upgrade to 5.56 which has been the standard for over 50 years. The new 6.8mm ammunition was the upgrade the military was looking for, this round is going to pack a bigger punch than both American 5.56 and Russian 7.62. There is one major issue though, the American military has to retool a bunch of process’ in order to get and keep the quantity they need.

As reported in Breaking Defense: 

While both the legacy rounds have significant stockpiles built up over the years, getting ammunition levels to where they need to be is a “daunting, dauting indeed,” challenge, Brig. Gen. William M. Boruff, joint program executive officer for armaments and ammunition, said during a media briefing at the Pentagon.

“Current ammunition is such that the availability is almost an afterthought. You go to the supply point, you pick up your ammunition and you go out to the range and you fire your” weapon, Boruff said. “This is because the Army has spent decades refining its process to ensure a sufficient inventory of 5.56 ammunition is available and the industry base is present to continue replenishing on a consistent basis.

“Now consider preparing a new weapon fielding, starting with absolute zero inventory and the industrial base being established,” he continued. “The Army has not introduced a new caliber for about 65 years … Doing so will require extensive coordination with the stakeholders across the enterprise to develop combat and training requirements, production capability as well as budgeting for procurement.”

Getting the ammunition stockpiles up and running will be a two-handed job, with both Sig Sauer and the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant having to coordinate efforts. Already, Lake City has provided some projectiles for Sig Sauer and the other competitors for testing during the prototype phase, so there is some production already underway. But more investment is needed — and with the competition now complete, work can begin soon, Boruff said.

On the bright side, the Army’s adoption of a new caliber might result in some of its reserves going up for sale to the public. The American ammo shortage might be solved on the consumer side if this occurs, but it might be too early to speculate on this matter as the Army only adopted the new rifle and caliber this week.

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Kevin
Kevin
2 months ago

If competent people were running the country right now, this problem may well have been solved early on. But, with the incompetent buffoons running the country, and their dictator-like interference in everything, I’m surprised the situation isn’t much worse.

rick
rick
2 months ago
Reply to  Kevin

Maybe Gen. x Miley could call his chicom friends and ask for help

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
2 months ago

I’m not surprised really. Anytime there’s been a caliber change, there’s been an ammo/platform problem. 30-40 Krag to 30-06, 30-06 to .308, 308 to 5.56 and now 5.56 to 6.8.
Par for the course.

lbrac
lbrac
2 months ago

The timing is better than it could have been if we were still fighting in Afghanistan. There will have to be a gradual transition from 5.56 to 6.8 ammo and firearms. The M4 and M249 will still be used for some time, as the new SIG replacements are manufactured and gradually distributed within the military. No doubt it will require significant efforts to accomplish the changeover, and there will likely be missteps and corrections as the transition takes place. That is a normal process with something as complex as this change will be. Good luck to those involved.

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
1 month ago
Reply to  lbrac

You’re correct. At least we’re not in the middle of a major conflict.

I wouldn’t even begin to guess what tooling Lake City will have to add/change to ramp up production.

Plinkster
Plinkster
2 months ago

The 6.8 sig “fury” cartridge being a hybrid three-piece design is much more complex to put together. I was really hoping for the 6.8 TVCM as the contender for this contract. It is such a game-changer in cartridge design – would have saved a great amount of carry weight for the foot soldier. I really liked the bull-pup design of the other candidate, as well. But I figured that the Sig entry would be the likely winner simply because they are Sig.

Harry
Harry
2 months ago

Make 6.8 by retooling and we will have less current ammo until we run out. no bullets, no reloading! Why are we surprised? It’s the agenda of the left

james henry james
james henry james
2 months ago

Leave it to the idiots in government that want to change everything in the middle of a shortage of everything! How about investing in a huge munitions plant ? Instead of scratching your butt every time you feel the need to screw something up! Then you could sell the overs to the public! Instead of stopping ammo from coming in from other countries cause one of you idiots had a fight cause you didn’t get your way! Heaven forbid you idiots do anything that could lower the cost to the tax payers. Say! Maybe we could just cut your pay. That just might get your attention! But you would just do what you always do NOTHING! Cause you could blame it on something other than you idiots!

james henry james
james henry james
2 months ago

Funny that Trump had zero problem opening factories to fix the problem in record time! Funny how the braindead Democrat has a huge problem scratching their butt! Let alone fixing a problem

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