As far as i know, the XM8 is the new project from HK, the evolution of the HK G36. So my guess is that they will lessen the focus on the g36 and try to evolve the xm8 as far as they can. Some armed forces (like the norwegian special forces) still use the g36 though.
I don't really think the XM8 is any more evolved than the G36, or any better than it... I think H&K simply had to make it look like they were developing a new rifle especially for America, for Americans to be happy. I can't really see America buying an "off the shelf" product like the G36, for their next rifle.
Whoops, did I say HD? Sry I was tired guys. But neways, I was just curious if the G36 has any advantages or obvious differences as opposed to the XM8.
hypno- that is exactly what I have been saying!
Yimmy- I may not always agree with you man, but you are often very insightful. You guys should think about what he said as I think there is a deffinate logic here. As Americans, we always want new and cool sh*t. Hell I love new toys just as much as anyone else, but in this case I wish the governement would look at all the aspects of what is being proposed.
The only non metal 'compostie' I have seen that I would be willing to carry is the new carbon material by bushmaster. You really have to see it for yourself, I think it is going to change the way we look at the materials used in rifle manurfacturing.
When I got to handle the G36 I didn't like the ergonomics of it, it felt far too bulky to me.
I don't mean bulky as like a long Mauser or something, I mean the plastic was kind of thick and high around the scopes... just seemed a bit unweildly.
The HK33 on the other hand is beutiful, if such a word can be used to describe a gun.