If he had a vote, Major Chaz W. Bowser, a former weapons developer for the U.S. Army's special operations branch, made clear what his preference would be:
"I could go to Iraq or Afghanistan or anywhere with whatever weapons I wanted to carry. As soon as the H&K 416 was available, it got stuffed into my kit bag and, through test after test, it became my primary carry weapon as a long gun. I had already gotten the data from folks carrying it before me and had determined that it would be foolish to risk my life with a lesser system," he wrote in a letter to Army Times.
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