Top Headlines This Week on Military.com: Marines Test New Rifle

A U.S. Marine fires a M27 infantry automatic rifle at simulated enemies during an Integrated Training Exercise at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 18, 2016 (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)
A U.S. Marine fires a M27 infantry automatic rifle at simulated enemies during an Integrated Training Exercise at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 18, 2016 (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Danny Gonzalez)

Here's a look at the most popular stories this week on Military.com:

The Marine Corps Is Experimenting With a New Service Rifle

On the heels of a widely praised 2015 decision to issue the more maneuverable M4 carbine in lieu of the M16A4 to Marines in infantry battalions, the Marine Corps may be on the cusp of another major weapons decision.

By Hope Hodge Seck | Read more

Pentagon Plans to Allow Personnel to Carry Firearms on Base

The U.S. Defense Department recently released detailed guidance that allows U.S. military personnel to carry privately owned, concealed firearms on base, a move that the Army's service chief argued against publicly.

By Matthew Cox | Read more

Marine Corps Wants to Put Silencers on a Whole Infantry Battalion

In a series of experiments this year, units from 2nd Marine Division will be silencing every element of an infantry battalion -- from M4 rifles to .50 caliber machine guns.

By Hope Hodge Seck | Read more

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