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sherb wrote: »
One of my noobs here in the office (a veteran of the Iraq war) told me that the SAW (M240) is being discontinued. Too bad.
sherb wrote: »
Incidentally, in true Marine Corps fashion, train with an M14, go to Vietnam and get an M16. Makes a lot of sense.
magalloway wrote: »
This was standard procedure for all services. I trained on the M14, was sent to Germany for a year where the M14 was standard-issue because of its range and accuracy, then was sent to Nam. I never touched an M-16 until two days after I reached my assigned unit there, didn't fire it for another three days. When all was said and done, I would have much rather kept the M-14--much more accurate, far less prone to jams, far easier to maintain. I had absolutely no need for a weapon that had full-automatic capability, and certainly one that often wouldn't finish a magazine without jamming.
Buffco wrote: »
We erudite gun owners have one John Moses Browning, peace be upon him, as our patron saint of firearms.
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creekguy wrote: »
If you were humping through the paddies, it was nice to carry M 16 ammo rather than M 14 because you could carry twice as many rounds, which was important. And the 16 was lighter. Accuracy at more than 30 m usually wasn't that necessary either because of visibility or because most skirmishes were at night. I trained with the 14 at Ft. Ord, and was glad we carried the 16. Most of the jamming issues were gone by 1970, just keep it clean.
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