Well it's official. As in, officially over. The M4A1 (as predicted by me) will stand as the service rifle in the Army's Individual Carbine competition. None of the competitors were able to complete Phase II of the competition, which in my opinion was a pretty steep hill to climb. The Army wanted a 'significant' improvement over the M4 A1 (i.e. twice the reliability) and no one was able to do that. I've also read siginificant commentary saying that the maligned M855A1 round may have had something to do with that.
Long story short, the M4A1 is here to stay. Hey, its lasted (the Stoner platform) since the 60's and truthfully how many things that we use now-a-days have been around and highly functional for 50 years? I think the true testament here is the longstanding reliability of the platform. (and you have to say the same about the AK platform as well)
Call it politics or whatever you want to call it. Are there better rifles made now? Yes. Is the M4A1 still a reputable and reliable service rifle? Yes. Did the Army select one to replace the M4A1? No.
As for now, end of story.
Be safe and see you next time.