Most of my friends are on the loony left of the political spectrum, and they'll never forgive me for saying this, but -- I love military rifles! And this is the weapon to end all military weapons, the XM25 from Minnesota's Alliant Techsystems. According to a company press release, the rifle "has been in development for about seven years and the first prototypes have been doled out to combat units in Afghanistan.... this month. The 12-pound, 29-inch system, which costs up to $35,000 per unit, is so sophisticated that soldiers are proficient users literally within minutes.... At $45/round it is a real bargain!
I don't know about its being a bargain, but it is certainly a game changer if it lives up to Alliant's promises. The sight is also a laser-measuring device, and the round is essentially a grenade. If an enemy sniper is firing from a ditch, say, the friendly rifleman will simply aim a few few over his head. The bullet/grenade will fly the exact distance and explode in the air over the target. Bingo! Ouch.
Happily, the deployed cost may be cheaper. Again according to the manufacturer, the U.S. Army plans to buy 42,500 of these little darlings at $11,900 each.
And speaking of friendly leftists, Rosa Brooks has had a fascinating
change of attitude, thanks to romance and her employment path: she
married an Army officer, and she went to work at the Pentagon, with the
result that she actually became rather fond of the U.S. military.
How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything is the
result, a wonderfully balanced critique of the military, and especially
assassination by remotely controlled aircraft and Special Operations
troops. It's an endearing book, unlike most such attempts by intelligent
women, and it's selling very well, thank you. The hardcover is only a
dollar and a half more than the e-book, especially if you are an Amazon
Prime subscriber -- as you should be, if you read a lot (as you should!)
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