SHAH ALAM: Another Colt M4 Carbine story. As you are aware the Colt M4 Carbine is the standard rifle of the Malaysian military since around 2010. The contract for the weapons was signed back in 2006 and by 2008 onwards the military has standardised on the weapon.
It is interesting to note that the RMN (for a spare tender) is calling the rifle, the M4 A3, a designation that is unknown anywhere else. The Malaysian Army and RMAF simply called it the M4. It must be noted that the US Army called its Colt carbine as the M4 or the M4A1 which is the full auto version like our rifles.
Ours are not M4A1 though as it was bought via a commercial deal with Colt. Moreover, it is fitted with a carry handle and no Picatinny rail, like the Vietnam-era Colt Model 629 (the Colt Commando) but with a 16.1-inch barrel just like the US Army’s M4A1s. The Model 629s have 11.1-inch barrels. So, I am guessing the M4 A3 as designated by the RMN might be the correct one.
It must also be noted that some units in the military – GGK, Paskau, Paskal, the recon unit of the 10th Para Brigade and the Special Operations Division of the Armed Forces- are also equipped with M4 Carbines with picatinny rail.
It is likely these carbines are equipped with the picatinny rail- upper receivers making them like the M4A1s of the US military. The picatinny rail allows the use of all sorts of accessories from optics to laser designators.
Two spare parts tenders from the Army – one this year and one last year – showed that the parts of the M4 Carbines that needed most replacements were the handguards. For the tender this year, 500 new handguards were sought and 483 were needed last year. It is still small with some 120,000 M4 Carbines in service with the three services.
Another item, the sling, also needed replacement, with some 800 procured from SME Ordnance for RM64,800. SMEO was also the winning bidder for the parts tenders though the cost of the contract were not announced. The company was the one that was given the M4 contract in 2006.
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