Apples and oranges.
The 5.56 MM family works great at 300 yards or less.
If anything, I think Defense Department has to stop the idea of having only one service rifle. I suggest we have two or even three that would be issued according to the environment our guys have to occupy.
posted on 12/03/2003 7:01:16 AM PST
by Shooter 2.5
(Don't punch holes in the lifeboat)
To: Shooter 2.5
They used to do that, but it was a Quartermasters nightmare.
They like things nice and simple. If they had their way, every individual weapon would be 5.56.
posted on 12/03/2003 7:28:11 AM PST
(Some people say you shouldn't kick a man when he's down. I say there's no better time to do it.)
To: Shooter 2.5
New technological developments in body armor and individual
protection, such as kevlar and other light-weight ceramic and composite armor, may soon defeat the penetration capability of the small 5.56mm SS109 projectile.
For example, the new Soviet 5.45 x 39mm ammunition cannot now penetrate a relatively light 5.8 pound flak jacket composed of Kevlar and a 4.8mm (.19 inch)sheet of hardened steel plate, even at point blank range. The .223 SS109 however, with its steel penetrator still has this capability (but only below 6 mtrs about 21 ft).
Personal protection has overtaken the ability of the 5.56mm
to provide an effective round capable of delivering adequate penetration.
There will come a day when our troops will encounter an enemy with body armor...(as did the LAPD in 1997) then apples and oranges will become blood and guts.
Our soldiers deserve the best and the 5.56mm ain't it.
posted on 12/03/2003 10:18:48 AM PST
(Age and treachery will always overcome youth and ability.)
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