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To: MindBender26
If God had meant us to fire the 5.56 in combat, He would have made all our enemies, 2 feet tall, weighing 40 pounds.

Not that it matters, but what is the weight an individual soldier has to carry around of 5.56 vs. equal number of rounds of 7.62 ammo?

7 posted on 01/11/2006 7:29:37 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: operation clinton cleanup

The .223 weighs less than half of what a .308 round weighs


8 posted on 01/11/2006 7:31:52 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
I only ask because some bean counter probably determined they could carry more rounds of 5.56 ammo back when the M-16 was designed... and ammo resupply was harder to come by in the field.
11 posted on 01/11/2006 7:32:40 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Roughly 300 rounds of 5.56 mm to 180 of 7.62mm.


12 posted on 01/11/2006 7:33:45 PM PST by TXBSAFH ("I would rather be a free man in my grave then living as a puppet or a slave." - Jimmy Cliff)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Not that it matters, but what is the weight an individual soldier has to carry around of 5.56 vs. equal number of rounds of 7.62 ammo?

I think most grunts would happily hump a couple extra pounds if means having an effective weapon.

19 posted on 01/11/2006 7:38:51 PM PST by EricT. (Posting on FR helped me to quit screaming at the TV.)
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Image hosted by Photobucket.com but it generally only takes ONE to put-em down... less is more 8^)
29 posted on 01/11/2006 7:43:19 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Standard load of two full pouches and a full magazine in the rifle:
M-14 - 2 x 20-round mags per pouch and 1 in the piece = 100 rounds
M-16 - 3 x 30-round mags per pouch and 1 in the piece = 210 rounds

The lighter 5.56mm round was adopted for "spray and pray" jungle warfare where the ranges of the firefights was expected to be very close and volume of fire was more important than maximum range.

Also, a loaded M-14 weighs over 12 pounds, an M-16 about 7 1/2.


31 posted on 01/11/2006 7:46:33 PM PST by RebelBanker (If you can't do something smart, do something right.)
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