The m27 infantry automatic rifle iar is a lightweight magazine fed 556mm select fire weapon based on the heckler koch hk416it is used by the united states marine corps and is intended to enhance an automatic riflemans maneuverability the us marine corps initially planned to purchase 6500 m27s to replace a portion of the m249 light machine guns employed by automatic riflemen within . The marine corps search for a new squad automatic weapon saw may have ended with heckler and koch but that doesnt mean the arms manufacturer was the marine corps search for a new squad automatic weapon saw may have ended with heckler and koch but that doesnt mean the arms manufacturer was . In a deliciously viral facebook post heckler koch the maker of the m27 infantry automatic rifle slated to replace the m4 carbine and m249 squad automatic weapon for marines everywhere . The us marine corps will be adopting a new rifle to replace the m4 select fire carbine designated the m27 iar infantry automatic rifle the new rifle is based on heckler kochs hk416 which looks like an ar but runs with an internal gas piston system. In a further development of the marine corps decision to replace the m249 squad automatic weapon with hks m27 the m4 is now also being replaced within the infantry squad despite the difference in the roles of the m4 and m249 the marine corps has once again chosen the m27
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