Seems the Air Farce (an honorable alternative to military service) has finally figured out what Gun-Lego users have known for a decade or two: you can make the AR platform any size or purpose you want.
(GUNS.com) The U.S. Air Force developed a new assault rifle that breaks down into two pieces, allowing it to be stored in the ejection seat of modern jets. The GAU-5A carbine is designed to provide the firepower necessary for aircrew to defend themselves until rescue.Um, no.
The GAU-5A was designed by the Air Force Gunsmith Shop.
It was designed by Eugene Stoner, and 60+ years later, is still doing a helluva job, if you let it. The GAU-5A (which AR haters - which we are not - will doubtlessly note stands for Gun, Automatic, Useless, 5th Attempt) will be a vast improvement over previous downed pilot toys but there's a hitch:
someone's going to have to teach Air Farce pilots how to shoot rifles.
But despite all of them having been to college, doubtless if they apply themselves, and have good marksmanship instructors, they may yet be able to master that difficult skill set.
It always warms our cold, green amphibious heart whenever the Air Farce remembers they are a branch of the military, and acts like it, however briefly. It shows there's still a spark down deep than can be kindled. Now if they'd only embrace CAS as a mission, instead of an annoyance, we'd give them a proper Arc Light and AC-130 cheer. But little steps are better than none at all.
Still, it's ironic, given that they're the reason McNamara >ptui!< inflicted the original weapon on the military to begin with, that it took them so long to figure out what any foole knows.