'You going to goddamned black powder' — Trump rails against the Army's search for a new rifle
FORT BENNING, Ga. — President Donald Trump apparently doesn't like modern weaponry.
In a new interview with reporters, Trump railed against what he referred to as “cartridge,” likely referring to the all-in-one primer, bullet and propellant systems used by modern militaries around the world.
The Army is currently considering a new cartridge-based system as a replacement for the M16 family of rifles. These weapons would likely use an “intermediate” caliber, somewhere between the standard 5.56mm and 7.62mm used in infantry rifles and machine guns. A larger caliber would be designed to ensure a rifle platoon could hit targets with more force at a longer range, among other benefits.
Here's what Trump told Duffel Blog:
You know the gun is quite important. So I said what is this? Sir, this is our cartridge system. He said well, we’re going to this because we wanted to have better range on our weapons. I said you don’t use black powder anymore for gun? No sir. I said, "Ah, how is it working?" "S…
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