I always thought the 16 was a pain in the ass. with an M-16, you had "inspection-ready" and "combat-ready". "Inspection-ready" was fully-cleaned, lightly oiled. "Combat-ready" was slathering the firing system with CLP. IMHO, that was what happened with the Jessica Lynch unit, they didn't have their weapons combat-ready. Only one veteran Sergeant had a weapon that consistently fired, and the others jammed- their weapons were "inspection-ready".
However, caring and cleaning an M-16 would require a professionalism normally missing from 3rd world armies. If some retard terrorist stole one, he'd throw it away the first time it jammed-which an M-16 is always looking for an excuse to do.
My nephew is on his second tour over there and he tells me that nobody carries their weapons wet with anything. They all use dry lube.
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