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Afghan troops told to lay down trusty AK47s
Times Online ^ | 4/15

Posted on 04/16/2008 4:58:44 AM PDT by Dawnsblood

The reason for this dramatic change in the fighting culture of the average Afghan soldier is not to boost the coffers of the American manufacturer of the M16 —- although it undoubtedly will.

The war hospital among the world’s best Nato general warns of a more ruthless Taleban Rather, it is designed to improve the efficiency of the ANA and teach its soldiers how to preserve ammunition to ensure that, when a battle is fought, the enemy is defeated before the bullets run out.

Traditionally, the Afghan will fire his Kalashnikov from the hip as he advances, spraying the enemy in all directions on automatic mode until every bullet has been expended.

But that is not the way of the British or American soldier who uses his ammunition stocks with greater husbandry and fires to kill, rather than to deluge the enemy with a wall of bullets.

The M16 is fired automatically but in triple bursts, not a constant stream, and never from the hip but with aimed shots from the shoulder. It is against the very nature of warfare as practised by an Afghan soldier, but at Camp Tombstone the first attempts are being made to consign the AK47 to history.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ak47; banglist; m16
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To: Thunder90
Why don't we just equip the Iraqi and Afghani armies with the Polish Tantal Beryl rifle???

Because there aren't jobs as project managers for senior US Army officers, nor post-retirement double-dipping corporate positions for them, available at Poland's Łucznik Arms Factory.

21 posted on 04/18/2008 4:23:50 PM PDT by archy (Et Thybrim multo spumantem sanguine cerno. [from Virgil's *Aeneid*.])
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