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Oklahoma's Republican Senator Tom Coburn is the carbine rifle M4's harshest and most vocal critic. But his concern is shared by others, who point to the 'SCAR,' made by Belgian armorer FN Herstal, and the HK416, produced by Germany's Heckler & Koch, as possible contenders. Both weapons cost about the same as the M4, their manufacturers say.
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