Full auto fire is a waste of ammunition, plus it overheats the weapon to the point of malfunction. The army needs to teach fire discipline like the Marines. The army does a lot of spray and pray.
A US Special Forces soldier armed with a M4A1 Carbine, fitted with an underslung M203 40mm grenade launcher, aimed with a M68 Close Combat Optic red dot sight. This M4A1 also has a AN-PEQ2 and a torch fitted to the Rail Interface System (RIS). US DoD photo
Quite a few of our frontline troops are not on their first deployment to a combat zone so let's let them make the call.
Wonder what the status is of the piston upgrades or is that even in the works? Yeah, silly question.
If I were going into Afghanistan, I’d want a longer barrel and 7.62
As far as I can tell from the other side of the world, Afghanistan isn’t a “carbine” war like Iraq could be called. Rifles with a high-powered cartridge accurate over an extended range seem more useful.
Armchair opinion but nevertheless, an M-14 derivative with a lighter stock strikes me as more in line with the sort of combat we see in this theater.
Make mine an M-14...