Release date for this rifle is around 2008, so our Armed Forces will be blessed with its presence in about 2 years. It's one hell of a gun and is about to replace every "foot soldier" gun in our arsenal; The M-16 will be gone, the SAW will most likely be stopped and the M40A1 Sniper Rifle will be replaced. This gun can turn into all of those guns with no tools necessary. It can go from Baseline Carbine to Baseline Carbine with the XM320 Grenade Launcher (instead of the M203), to the Compact Carbine to the, Sharpshooter Variant and finally to replace the SAW, the Automatic Rifle. Here is the website with all the info., specs, and pictures you want, including pictures of all the different varieties this weapon can take on: http://www.military.com/NewContent/0,13190,Gear_051104_XM8,00.html What do you all think about it?