The US went to great lengths 4 years to arm the Iraqi forces with AK47s(or variant).
Hamas uses M-16s. It’s the king of beers.
Leno should hire Smith to write his jokes.
Why is it I'm suddenly reminded of Jason Blair and his story about Pfc. Jessica Lynch's West Virginia tobacco fields and cow pastures.
Rush says politics is just show business for ugly people. Maybe Journalism is just creative writing for dullards.
Isn’t war profiteering great?
Even the AK knockoffs and derivatives sell for $400 to $1500 over here. The real AK47’s go for abut $20-$40 in the countries where they are prevalent.
It just ain’t fair.
This is not good. The Iraqis do not understand the need for cleaning a rifle. The AK will tolerate filth, but the M-16 will not. If the M-16 doesn’t work, then many Iraqis will think that we sabatoged their weapons. I know this sounds silly, but I saw it time and time again.
Hope this helps 7.62x39 prices to start going back down to pre-2005 prices. I’ve been sitting on my last 2000 rounds because of the significant increase in price of the last few years.
The AK was simply picked because of the “familiarity” we knew many of the Iraqi’s had with this firearm. The ability to recruit and train is much easier when 3/4 of the troops already have experience with a weapon. Furthermore, the AK is extremely cheap, easy to mass produce, and can be procured in vast numbers quickly from friendly countries like Jordan. We can literally buy 100,000 of them tomorrow, and have them in Iraq as fast as we can move them there.
That said, it’s a piece of junk that is in vogue among 20 something olds in the US. The AK receiver is stamped and more easily damaged than an M16, to include the gas tube. The weapon is more rust susceptible compared to the M16 which is cast aluminum and partially chrome plated internally (star-chamber, barrel etc). The M16 weighs less, is more accurate, is more controllable in a full auto variant and burst, is more adaptable in its modern versions to accessories for CQB, night image intensifiers, laser pointers, scopes etc. The M16 is even more ergonomical in CQB and other roles as the soldier tries to manipulate it. As a weapon for a military organization, the M16 is by far a superior weapon when compared to a normal AK47, as the Iraqi Army carries. The only weapon currently fielded to an Army which is superior to the proven M16 is the German G36. Based on the AR18 design it simply has less bolt fouling and because its a much newer design it uses composites which are lighter and even cheaper. When the M16 was developed, some of these new polymers didnt exist.
What I suspect will happen within the next few years-
After WWII and as the Cold War began to spin up, the Germans needed to arm their new Bundeswehr (We actually already had them armed before their Army technically stood up). We equipped this force with M1 Garand, M47/48 tanks, etc. As we equipped them, we replaced much of the equipment we had in our inventory with more modern systems. Our phased out hard-ware was going to an ally that desperately needed it while we upgraded to newer systems like the M14 and M60 tank. All through Latin/South America among friendly nations youll see old UH1 Helicopters working, many of them are old US machines that were replaced with the UH60. I know the DoD has been looking to replace the M16 for a while. There have been several large efforts to this end. I wonder what it will be?
I do not agree. Kournikova, Sharapova, and Dementieva.
I have an AKM in .223, why not buy the Iraqis the same thing?
The Polish Army and many others that were COMBLOC now run .223 AK’s or derivatives...
Oh I see, fix it until it is broken...