Originally Posted By TANGOCHASER:
Without a request for a new rifle coming from our military, Remington won't sell too many except to other countries outside the US or Spec Ops as a COTS item. No profit unless a big government order is procured. If this is correct, they are going about it ass backwards. Release it too civilians, let them identify any bugs, fix the bugs, then pitch it to the military. Defense budget cuts and slowing down of combat actions makes the prospect for the purchase of an M4/M16 replacement in the near future precarious at best..
You forget this was designed by Magpul. One of the defining characteristics of Magpul is to get it right before it gets out the door. There is a reason why it takes a long time to get something from Magpul. They do a LOT of in house testing before they release it for production. That is why the ACR is on generation 4 before it ever managed to get into large scale production. Whether it be the tweaking of the gas block, changing the charging handle (multiple times), or ditching the integral folding front sight, the ACR is not the Masada we saw a couple years ago.
Also, the military put out a Request For Information for a new carbine system. It has been kind of a big deal in here over the last few months. It is the best chance Remington/Bushmaster/Magpul have of getting the ACR adopted. The military is considering replacing the M16/M4 platform. And this is also a good thing for the ACR, since it looks like without military approval of some sort, the ACR will be nothing more than a niche product, like the XCR, Sig 556, FN FS 2000, or the SCAR. Nice firearms, but only have a very small fraction of the market.
Although, I will grant you that, since Remington is handling the military portion of the ACR, it should
leave Bushmaster clear to develop civilian sales. And perhaps they will. Unfortunately, Bushmaster is selling ARs like hotcakes, and until the market gets a bit more saturated, there is no need for 'the lastest and greatest.' I suspect Bushmaster is trying to have its cake and eat it, getting all the ARs out the door until sales slow down, then ramp up production on the ACR.