Officials from Program Executive Office Soldier visited the 1st Infantry Division on Wednesday to observe the conversion of previously fielded M4 carbine guns to the M4A1 configuration.
Big Red One units are the first to have their M4s upgraded as part of the Army’s M4 Product Improvement Program. The conversions at Fort Riley will continue into June. The Army plans to convert all previously fielded M4s to the M4A1 configuration, which includes approximately 500,000 carbines. The Army-wide conversion process will run until 2020.
“Upgrading M4s to the M4A1 configuration will deliver increased sustained rate of fire, durability and enhanced ergonomics for the Soldier,” Lt. Col. Shawn Lucas said. “The Army’s priority is to maintain the best equipped land force in the world and to ensure it is postured to fight and win any conflict.
“Looking to the future, the Army will continue to monitor industry and government advancements in small arms to inform future requirements for leap-ahead technologies in range, accuracy, lethality and reliability,” Lucas added.
U.S. Special Operations Command personnel have used the M4A1 configuration since 1994.