Lack of range was and is a crucial problem in Afghanistan. The short barreled rifle simply does not have the range for the conditions our soldiers faced.
Some folks suggested adding a long barreled rifle in 7.62 to each squad to help with the problem. In other words going back 40 years to the M-14.
posted on 07/13/2003 4:22:10 PM PDT
In Anaconda, the 10th Mountain kids were plinking Hadji at 500m every time he exposed himself... the M4 system (thanks to the scope) outranges the M16A2 by about 200m, practically speaking.
Some of the SF teams had M14s (2 per team). Most of them never left camp. For ranges a rifle doesn't reach, you have the M240G and mortars. Mortars are God's own infantry weapon...
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