No graft involved. The people who select small arms are just as opinionated and cranky as so many Gunboards members.
Originally Posted by stantheman86
The armed forces hate to mess up their logistics and training with new models of anything unless they are forced to, but that's not the primary reason they stuck with the M4. It was the Colt M4 contract that gave them a long monopoly. It kept Colt suppliers even when they had severe problems producing spec weapons and when rifle production was shifted to others. Finally in 2009 the Army finally got ownership of the M4 design and could buy modified M4s like the HK-416 without wasting money on license fees paid to Colt - those fees probably being a lot of the reason the HK-416 cost more.
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