My recent post on Group Standard Weapons got a lot of good comments. I had a conversation with one of the LMI's last night and the group standard weapons discussion is settled.
We aren't particularly worried about commonality in terms of shotguns and .22 rifles at least right away. Since .22 rifles are for target practice and small game hunting there is no need to be able to cross level mags. With pump shotguns (we all have them but they are different brands) there are no mags to worry about. Future purchases will get us onto the same page in terms of .22's and shotguns. Rifles and pistols are the main concern in terms of compatibility. I think (lets not enter the caliber discussion) the modularity of the AR platform makes it an easy sell.
Down the road we will probably add a semi auto .308. What it will be (maybe HK-91 clones) remains to be seen but since we still need to get on the same page with the above weapons it will be awhile before that bridge needs to be crossed.
Anyway it is good that we have this settled. Now future purchases can be made with a clear direction.