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To: wastedyears
*** What kind of war was it designed for? ***

Against the Soviet Bloc, aka a Regular Army, where they would care about a fellow wounded soldier. The terrorists don't - meeting Allah is fine with them.

There's been many complaints currently by the troops about the lousy killing power of the M-16A2 & its variants (there's been Threads on these articles). There's been articles posted that the US Army is now looking into the development of a new Main Battle Rifle with more power to replace the M-16. (check banglist)

In the meantime, the M-14 with its .308 would fit the bill, especially with a modification to the 3 round burst wanted by the ammo cost bean counters. The original M-14 was unwieldy on 'full auto'.

18 posted on 04/16/2008 9:39:30 AM PDT by Condor51 (I have guns in my nightstand because a Cop won't fit)
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To: Condor51
The original M-14 was unwieldy on 'full auto'.

Try 'completely uncontrollable' and you'll be nearer the mark. However, as a semi-auto precision fire weapon the M-14 is just about perfect IMO. Full disclosure: I own an M1A which is the civie version of the M14.

There's been many complaints currently by the troops about the lousy killing power of the M-16A2 & its variants

There are literally tens of thousands of America's enemies who are no longer breathing because of the M16 and it's variants. It'll kill bad guys just fine if you put the round where it needs to go.

There's a deeper story here which, suprise suprise, the MSM droid completely missed. What we're trying to do with the ANA is to change it's 'battle doctrine' so it's soldiers actually care where the bullet thingy goes.

That's a huge change for them, and it won't come easily.

There's been articles posted that the US Army is now looking into the development of a new Main Battle Rifle with more power to replace the M-16.

True enough, but every single one of those replacements is spec'd to fire the 5.56 NATO cartridge. There's been some limited research into 6.8mm and others, but the 5.56 is going to be standard US issue for the next few decades at least.

L

19 posted on 04/16/2008 10:41:39 AM PDT by Lurker (Pimping my blog: http://lurkerslair-lurker.blogspot.com/)
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