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To: jim_trent

Yah, that’s the Carbine, I know.

But everything goes back to John Garand’s original template.

Best,

Chris


17 posted on 09/17/2008 9:15:07 AM PDT by section9 (Major Motoko Kusanagi says, "Jesus is Coming. Everybody look busy...")
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To: section9
To expand on my thinking: the rise of low caliber/high output weaponry (Spray and Pray) such as the M-16 family of weapons was a direct result of the experience of the Korean War.

There was a problem with the Garand family of weapons: round output in the early days of the Chinese offensives. The Chinese were, strangely enough, more plentifully equipped with more men with more varieties of automatic weapons. It was thought that American soldiers needed to be given lighter rounds and higher volume of output. Thus, Eugene Stoner's Armalite found favor within the Army that had a baleful experience in Korea.

However, in Afghanistan it was found that lighter rounds (from say, the 9mm family of Baretta weapons) didn't necessarily put the Jihadi to sleep. So there has been a trend back to the 1911 as a sidearm. I haven't heard about a trend away from the M-4 as it is the Government Issue rifle, but it does appear that people are looking for a happy medium between round output and stopping power.

Best,

Chris

30 posted on 09/17/2008 9:22:09 AM PDT by section9 (Major Motoko Kusanagi says, "Jesus is Coming. Everybody look busy...")
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