More confusingly, if a firearm has flip-up sights, then the ATF would give that gun one point towards becoming an SBR. The ATF would assign a gun with a red dot two points. The ATF doesn’t see why a shooter would use a red dot pistol on a pistol.
The point that I was making is that the military using something or not using something doesn’t inherently mean much of anything at all.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that goes “the military equips for the last war”. To illustrate, think of the Sig .277 Fury rifle. The average troop couldn’t shoot from mountain top to mountain top with an M4, so now the military is going to issue a rifle that can.
Even tactically, how long did it take for the military to drop weaver and go to the thumbs forward grip? 10 years? 15?
Then we can look at some good old fashioned meme quality stuff. The military generally uses equipment made by the lowest bidder.
While I tend to agree that quite a lot of the gear works pretty well, we can’t attach any meaning to the gear except as a starting point.