SHAH ALAM: The Army has officially inducted the third firearm from Colt into service, the Colt M4 Carbine R0977 Heavy Barrel. The HB variant will not see widespread service, however, as it was procured specifically for the Army’s shooting team.
No numbers are available but it will be around two dozen or so. To mark the supply and delivery of the M4 Carbine HB, Gen (rtd) Tan Sri Shahrom Nordin, SMEO representative and a former Army chief, presented a showpiece rifle to Army Chief Jen Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Nor during a courtesy call at Wisma Pertahanan on Tuesday.
The HB is a variant of the M4 A1 Carbine, the standard assault rifle of the Malaysian Armed Forces, since 2006. The HB version was produced by Colt for SOCOM users which needed the carbine for use in an extended firing role, like a LMG. The other Colt firearm used by the Army is the CM901, chambered in 7.62mm.
The Army shooting team took part in various competition organised by friendly military around the region and beyond.In 2011, the Army shooting team won the competition at the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2011 (AASAM 2011).
Meanwhile, I was told the local assembly of the M4 is expected to end soon. Again actual numbers produced either locally or overseas are hard to come by so I will not even try to guess. Without further local or export orders – the police and Thailand (offset for the Deftech MRAP) are the only viable customers – production will end soon. Full local manufacturing is yet to be realised, however.
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