For any of you who have never had the privilege of carrying this awesome weapon systems that the military uses, please allow me a moment to break it down on why it isn’t that awesome.
I’m sure a lot of you have played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. There’s a particular level where you get to play as a ranger, clearing house to house. Often in this level if you look for them you can end up carrying a M240B and an M4 with an M203 grenade launcher (like I am in the picture above). You’re carrying a large chunk of firepower just by yourself and you can practically kill EVERYTHING in the level. Sounds great, right? Not so much.
The M240B weighs 27.1lbs.
The M4 weighs 6.49lbs.
The M203 weighs 3lbs.
Thats a combined weight of 36.59lbs for just the weapons. Then you consider the combat load for each one of these weapon systems and you have easily pushed up to 60lbs. Thats 60lbs on top of the 30lbs of gear you are wearing. So you have just thrown 90+ lbs of crap on yourself. If any of you would like to throw on 100lbs of extra weight on, run around your suburban neighborhood, running up stairs, hopping fences, and dodging enemy fire, let me know how you feel afterwards.