|«|| The XM8 was the US Army project name for new lightweight assault rifle system. US Army hoped to create new standard and highly modifiable infantry rifle but in 2005, the project was formally canceled. ~7500 prototypes of this weapon still exist, now held by the US Army.|
The weapon was designed to use 5.56x45mm NATO cartridges and is able to fire up to 750 rounds per minute.
- Grey: Standard medium grey finish.
|Round name||Base damage value||Aerodynamic velocity||Initial velocity (m/s)|
|5.56×45 mm NATO||8||-0.001425||920|
|5.56×45 mm NATO SD||7||-0.0006||320|
For grenade rounds usable with the M320, refer to its dedicated article here.
All variants of the XM8 (including the XM8 Automatic Rifle) can be loaded with six types of 5.56 mm magazines. The 100-round drums take up two inventory slots but regular 20- and 30-round magazines use one slot only:
Standard 30-round plastic magazine. Also shared with the G36 family.
Does not contain any visible tracers.
30rnd G36 SD
Loaded with subsonic 5.56 mm ammunition. It fires rounds with greatly reduced velocities of 320 m/s, but remain otherwise identical to regular plastic magazines.
100-round Beta-C drum specifically intended for use with the XM8 Automatic Rifle variant.
Aside from its capacity it is completely identical to regular 30-round plastic magazines.
It is largely identical to the XM8's standard plastic magazines, but rounds fired from this magazine specifically have a slightly higher muzzle velocity of 930 m/s instead.
30Rnd. STANAG SD
Specialised magazine loaded with subsonic 5.56 mm ammunition. Identical to regular 30-round STANAGs save for a much lower velocity of 320 m/s.
20-round box magazine. Remains otherwise identical to regular 30-round STANAGs.
- As mentioned in its Armoury Description, the real-life Heckler & Koch "XM8" rifle was originally slated to replace both the "M16" rifle and "M4" carbine series of weapons throughout the U.S. Armed Forces prior its formal cancellation in 2005.
- Along with the Mk16/Mk17 family, it is one of the few modular rifle platforms that are currently available for use in ArmA 2. It would only be matched by the MX series in ArmA 3, which is almost identical to the XM8 in terms of the types of variants that it has.
- Though it was actually included on ArmA 2's release, the XM8 family only included the basic variants without additional optical sights and accessories, while also remaining unused by any faction prior to the release of the Private Military Company DLC.
- Hidden models and textures for the XM8 were previously available in ArmA: Armed Assault. They were eventually removed after the release of Patch 1.08 however, which implies that they were intended to make their debut in that game instead of in ArmA 2.
Weapons of comparable role and configuration
- Mk16/Mk17 (U.S. Army counterpart, ArmA 2: OA only)
- G36 (KSK counterpart, ArmA 2: OA only)
- MX (NATO counterpart, ArmA 3 only)
|ION Services - Armoury (ArmA 2)|
|Handguns||G17 9 mm • M9 9 mm|
|Carbines||M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A3) • XM8 Compact 5.56 mm|
|Assault rifles||FN FAL 7.62 mm • M16A2 M203 5.56 mm • XM8 series (XM8, XM8 M320)|
|Designated marksmen rifles||XM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm|
|Sniper rifles||AS50 12.7 mm • KSVK 12.7 mm|
|Squad automatic weapons||XM8 Automatic Rifle 5.56 mm|
|Machineguns||PKM 7.62 mm|
|Launchers||FIM-92F Stinger • RPG-18|
| (Parenthesis) denote variants.|
Operation Arrowhead | Private Military Company