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US Army M8 Rifle by PaintFan08 US Army M8 Rifle by PaintFan08
This is a future US Army replacement for the M16/M4 series of weapons. I designed it based on the rejected XM8 and the Israeli Tavor bullpup of the IDF. It fires a larger caliber than the OTL weapons, the 6.8mm round. Rail systems on the rifle allow for the mounting of different equipment.

The bottom M8 has a fictional Metal Storm stacked grenade launcher. I based it slightly on the 3GL offered by Metal Storm, it's not a underslung weapon. My 3G has three caseless grenades stacked one behind the other. It's a very light rifle made with composites.
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Writer
It seems a bit light....maybe I'm just crazy.
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RDFAF Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Very nice. Has some potential.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Thanks
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678091 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I object the XM8/M8A1 is NOT a bullpup action rifle
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daniellandrom Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i think it's fictional, smartass, any gun geek knows the fact you just blurted out.
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678091 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was just trooling there man no need to hate you actually made a CQB version of the already good XM8 just like I did a smaller version of the M4A1 that is not acctually an M4
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daniellandrom Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, i'm not the artist, and sorry ^^;
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678091 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok then no more smartass comments that made me feel bad man and I was just stating a fact
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daniellandrom Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i know, sorry!
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678091 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's ok its just that im tired of running into hard heads all the freaking time just because they ignore the fact of other people
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oneshotbee Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
looks like an aug and a XM8 had a baby
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Yep, thanks!
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ThexSilverxWolf Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I have to say that I'm very impressed with the design. I like both the XM8 assault rifle and TAR-21 so it's real cool to me to see an great combination of the two.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Thanks glad you like it, I too liked the two rifles.
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ThexSilverxWolf Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
cool :D
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Thanks
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ThexSilverxWolf Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
You are welcomed!
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XSONOHX Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kinda I mean... I made a typo
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XSONOHX Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
they are making guns out of a special... hard plastic and they look kind like this
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Composites are what your mean. Usually their lighter and just as durable.
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XSONOHX Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah yes composite plastics!
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VectorMagnus2011 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
I'm taking over most of your weapons designs for my collection of favorites. Those are radical.

By the way,this weapon system is available in 5.56x45mm NATO ammo for the export market
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Glad you like everything, thanks for all the favs
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Gods-warfighter Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist
yo what do you think of...[link] and how do i tag you for giving me the idea?
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:iconmatfi:
MatFi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
This weapon doesnt exist.
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:iconpaintfan08:
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Yes that's why I said its a FUTURE RIFLE for the Army. Please read description before commenting.
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:iconmatfi:
MatFi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Of course, but maybe it is not a FUTURE RIFLE for the army.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Yeah it was a What If, something to draw and look cool. I know of no rifle development which actually looks like this.
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MatFi Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
opf sorry, by the time my comment seem kinda stupid for me :(
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USA4everByMe Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
3.5 kg is loaded or unloaded.)?

looks like aug a1 + MTar21.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Uhh loaded? Seriously I'm not sure. I looked up the weight of a TAR 21 but can't recall what the number meant.
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ghillieYoshi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Looks too similar to the F2000 in COD:MW2
Is this Bad Company o-o
Or like...er.......Yes i play a lot of war video games o-0
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Just a fictional rifle, its similar to the FN2000 because both are bull-pups.
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ghillieYoshi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
k :3 heh
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Dark-Sinjid4 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the M8 doesn't have a bullpup design
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
I know, this is a different rifle incorporating the look of the M8 but being a bullpup...PLEASE READ DESCRIPTION!
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Gods-warfighter Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist
ok this is great! oh man i love it! would it be ok if i used something like this in a book i will be writing? i would put you in the artist notes!
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Sure I guess
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Gods-warfighter Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist
thank you! i will put ur user name in the book!
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Shadowkeeper28 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! At first I thought it was XM8 meets AUG. I like how the ejection port above the magazine looks reversible, it gives it even more of an all-purpose, ambiguous feeling.

It has a nice look that I could see as a real weapon. The only thing I'd have a problem with is that the GL could use a thicker handle, a little farther forward from the trigger. From a practical standpoint it looks like it could cause a few fumbles to me, but that may be just me.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Thanks
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konfoozled-asian Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
nice, although it looks more like a cross between a XM8 and a Steyr AUG
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Thanks!
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SFWriter-Ottawa Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Very nice...I like the work.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Thanks
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Keserian Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
Very nice design, and ya, it looks fairly realistic. I have preference issues with bull-pup design weapons, and how difficult it can be to make a tactical reload (drop magazine, insert fresh magazine without shifting the weapon, slap bolt release, shoot--for the M16/M4 Family at least).

Ya, it is sad that the XM8 got canned, I think a lot of the issue was that the military started getting already completed offers from other companies (Magpull's "Masada," H&K 416/417, and there is a rumor that they are looking replacing the 5.56mm NATO with the 6.8mm Remington round). Back to the art, most rifles that have a "pull" magazine release generally place them so that when removing the magazine the release is opperated by the thumb. Here it looks like you'd operate it with the index finger.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
Thanks for the feedback dude.
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Oberst-Von-Grobel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It even looks as though I could fire it without breaking my shoulder or something - well, I imagine the GL has a lot of kick, but the rifle itself seems to be quite light.

*Sighs* a shame the XM8 got canned. I recall it did well in tests.
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busterclaw Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
I like it.
All the aspects I look in a rifle is in this design.:D
Great work.:iconthumbsupplz::iconimhappyplz:
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Thank You!
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