Skip to comments.Montana Highway Patrol Upgrades (downgrades) firepower (switched from M14 to AR15)
Posted on 04/10/2008 6:59:04 PM PDT by LSUfan
Crack, crack, crack.
Three Montana Highway Patrol troopers, firing from the prone position, sent 15 rounds from their new rifles downrange in quick succession recently.
The .223 caliber bullets punched easily through the plywood and paper targets, kicking up clods of dirt from the berm behind the range at Glacier Park International Airport.
After officers from the sixth district-which covers Flathead, Lake, and Lincoln counties-qualify with the new weapon, every trooper in Montana will be riding shotgun with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle.
"They're just all-around more versatile for our day and age," Trooper Jerril Ren, one of the patrol's firearms instructors, said of the AR-15. "For the changing times, I think it's just more appropriate."
The AR-15s are replacing the patrol's old M-14 rifles, which normally are carried in a patrol car's trunk. After qualification, troopers will be required to carry their assault rifles mounted between the front seats of their vehicles.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailyinterlake.com ...
20 rounds of 7.62 vs. 20 rounds of 5.56? Give me 7.62.
Now... can we buy the surplus M-14s now?
Lame article. Wonder if they’ll give me their old M14s?
Neat. I got a .22 rimfire autoload that will do the same thing.
NO M16 WILL EVER REPLACE THE M14 ......... NEVER!
I wonder when they will upgrade to a 10-22.
Why buy a weapon that will merely "wound" criminals when the police should have weapons that will KILL the criminals?
The idiots who mass purchase these target practice M-4s have clearly learned nothing from the absolute ineffectiveness of 5.56 as told by the veterans in the book "Black Hawk Down."
They will probably torch cut them : (
Yeah, I can see that... but receivers are cheaper than whole rifles, so if they torch the receivers, maybe we can get some parts kits.
The only justification for going AR-15 would be to carry more rounds into a battle as opposed to the additional weight of the M14 and .308 rounds. In a urban environment that would not be a significant factor. Seems to me they gave up a better firearm for some other reason. Go figure. Yea Tigers LSUfan. If I can buy one of the M14’s please let me know. I covet my M1A’a but I would love to have the real thing.
Most likely they will be turned in to the BATF, and they want the complete weapon. No parts missing.
True, they could auction off the complete parts kit minus the mags and trashed receiver and make mucho cash, or at least let us have the bolts and gas parts. : )
During the infamous North Hollywood bank robbery by the body-armored AK 47 toting bady guys, the cops didn’t have enough firepower and had to go to a local gun store to get high-powered rifles........ they didn’t grab .223’s.
Or how about these?
I'd like a nice Garand, too.
.308 there’s no substitute...
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