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Saham senapan aluminium milik M14M1A Blackfeatherreg berpola pada bobot, keseimbangan dan ergonomi yang ringan dari stok fiberglass tradisional ASGI namun menawarkan fitur modern seperti alas tidur presisi, pemateri laras barel, pelepas tangan, opper, laras piston yang mudah dilepas. , Adaptor saham butt yang bisa dilepas, dapat diganti, ergonomi pemicu yang lebih baik, adaptor ujung piring untuk semua butiran komponen AR standar industri serta pertukaran komponen yang benar untuk platform M14. Blackfeather terdiri dari 9 komponen, persediaan stok, stok butt, 2 pelat akhir, 3 rel, panduan oprod dan pelat aus. Stok dan komponennya (tidak termasuk panduan oprod dan pelat pakai oprod) dibuat dari aluminium 6061 T6 dan dilapisi dengan tipe II dengan kulit hitam matte keras di fasilitas anodizing bersertifikasi ISO: 9001. Panduan oprod dan pelat pelengkap oprod terbuat dari baja tahan api 4140 HTSR (heat treatment and stress releived) dan kapal laut garam nitrided (hitam). Stok diimbangi, handling cepat dan seperti diilustrasikan ringan seberat 2,0 lbs. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (gambar timbangan timbangan tambahan di bawah). Selain itu, saham ini menawarkan permukaan tempat tidur presisi, ergonomi pemicu yang lebih baik dan karakteristik penanganan alami dari pada desain platform M14 yang ada. Ujung akhir Blackfeatherreg dimodelkan dan mengikuti kontur alami dari persediaan sintetis USGI. Termasuk stoknya, ada tiga rel picatinny parket. Dua rel sisi 4 inci dan satu 6 inci di bawah rel. Dua rel 4 inci dikunci dengan atasan laki-laki yang menonjol di belakang rel masing-masing. Antarmuka para bos masuk ke bukaan samping saham di sepanjang jalur untuk membelokkan penempatan ke depan dan belakang. Sistem jalur rel picatinny modular ini unik untuk saham Blackfeatherreg dan menawarkan ketepatan optik dan kekuatan samping untuk sandaran samping atau senter samping. Stok juga termasuk permanen 4 picatinny di bawah rel dan 916-18 UNF threaded lubang untuk memasukkan baja (tidak termasuk) untuk QD selempang putar atau bipod lampiran. Adaptor Stok Butir yang Dilepas Adaptor stok butt membentuk antarmuka penting antara stok, stok butt dan pegangan pistol Anda. Persimpangan penting ini dipertimbangkan secara hati-hati untuk melakukannya dengan benar. Trigger Ergonomics Pertama, kami mengumpulkan sisi stok dan adaptor stok butt untuk memungkinkan kontur jari pemicu ambidextrous. Scalloping ini memungkinkan Anda untuk menjaga jari pemicu Anda dalam posisi siap pakai quotrigger (dalam alur saluran yang ditunjukkan) dan kemudian dengan satu gerakan transisi, berpindah ke pelat pemicu. Jari pemicu adalah quotsweptquot ke pad pemicu. Fitur desain sederhana ini sangat natural, tanpa hambatan dan cepat. Alur saluran hadir di kedua sisi stok sehingga mampu memberi penilai tangan kiri dengan fitur yang sama. Lokasi pegangan pegangan pistol AR-15 telah diatur kembali jarak yang benar untuk memungkinkan kebanyakan penembak memiliki panjang tarik yang alami dan nyaman, menggunakan ujung atau sendi pertama jari. Lokasi ini juga memungkinkan pengaman pemicu penjaga yang lebih mudah saat dis-assembling senapan untuk dibersihkan. Beberapa pegangan pistol AR-15 aftermarket juga akan memungkinkan penyesuaian dan penyesuaian lebih lanjut dari pemicu panjang tarik. Posisi Butt Stock Height Dengan persediaan butiran AR-15 terpasang, tinggi adaptor pasak belakang belakang yang disertakan memungkinkan kebanyakan orang menggunakan pemandangan besi M14 asli, atau gambar BUIS belakang yang terpasang di lingkup seri CASMreg meningkat. Adaptor rendah ini menyediakan las pipi yang lebih tinggi dari sisir stok M14 asli, memberikan lasan pipi yang lebih baik untuk cakupan sambil tetap membiarkan penggunaan pemandangan besi secara simultan. Adaptor stok belakang belakang opsional opsional tersedia untuk penggunaan ruang lingkup khusus atau bersamaan dengan jalur relai pengaman tali pengaman LSP (Long Sight Plane) kami, namun adaptor tinggi ini akan terlalu tinggi untuk penggunaan pemandangan besi asli secara simultan. Transisi ke tempat parkir AR-platform iron disarankan. Akhirnya, adapter lipat sisi aftermarket tersedia yang berfungsi dengan baik dengan BlackRecquot quotRSquot (yaitu Hera Arms SFU). Kompatibilitas Butt Stock Adapter Butt Kompatibilitas Saham Yang penting, the Blackfeather quotRSquot memungkinkan Anda menggunakan stok butiran AR-kompatibel. Ini mencakup semua tabung AR quacheedquot, semua tabung AR quotcarbinequot dan semua tabung senapan panjang AR yang memungkinkan pemasangan butt stock seperti MOs, RKPT, STR, ACS-L, ACS, UBR dan PRS, misalnya. Stok kapal dengan dua adaptor ujung piring untuk karabin dan tabung tetap namun tidak ada pelat akhir yang diperlukan untuk stok senapan panjang penuh karena bagian belakang adaptor butt memiliki antarmuka yang kompatibel terpasang. Kompatibilitas Kompatibilitas Gantungan Kunci Butt Harap perhatikan ilustrasi di bawah ini mengenai kompatibilitas pegangan pistol AR. Adaptor Butt Stock Removable Untuk pertukaran yang optimal, adaptor stok butt dibuat dilepas. Adaptor stok butiran Blackfeatherreg yang kompatibel di masa depan akan mencakup adaptor untuk posisi stok yang lebih tinggi yang ideal hanya untuk cakupan saja. Seperti disebutkan, opsi folding aftermarket sudah tersedia. Butt Stock Adapter Menghadapi Rasakan Alam Saat Anda memegang pegangan pistol di bawah stok butiran karab atau stok butiran tabung tetap, lapisan akhir ergonomi alami tampak jelas. Kontur ujung piring dengan hati-hati dipertimbangkan di sini untuk memberi kenyamanan optimal pada rifleman. Buttons Stock Adapter Ambidextrous Sling Swivel Membuka Bukaan Di kedua sisi adaptor stok pantat belakang, kami menyertakan lubang berulir UNF 1616x18 untuk memungkinkan penyisipan cangkir selempang baja dan sling swivel yang cepat terlepas (tidak termasuk, namun tersedia di sini ). Ini akan memungkinkan Anda untuk yakin memasang selempang di kedua sisi senapan. Panduan oprod M14.ca (ORG) terbuat dari baja 4140 HTSR (heat treated and stress lega) dan menawarkan area bantalan permukaan terbesar dari setiap panduan oprod yang tersedia dan sambungan yang aman ke laras. Yang baru, disesuaikan M14.ca oprod panduan barel tensioner bebas mengapung laras dari ORG maju, dan disesuaikan vertikal. Hal ini memungkinkan Anda untuk memadamkan senapan M14 Anda dengan menyesuaikan voltase barel ke tegangan vertikal dan dengan demikian menyesuaikan harmonisa barel untuk memaksimalkan akurasi dengan beban individual. Atau, Anda cukup mengatur penyesuaian ketegangan pada netral yang telah ditunjukkan dalam pengujian ekstensif untuk memberikan akurasi rata-rata yang lebih baik dengan banyak beban berbeda. ORG M14.ca terkunci secara quad: di dalam stok oleh penopang paduan masif, dengan tiga sekrup di laras, di lengan bawah dengan baut bingkai 8 kelas 8 besar di dasarnya, dan opsional, dengan tugas berat baru, Pin cross coiled stainless steel. Bila diatur dengan benar, ini memberi Anda desain rotasi 0 yang dapat disesuaikan secara vertikal namun tetap dapat dilepas dengan cepat. Fitur pelepasan cepat ini memungkinkan Anda untuk bertukar di receiver berlaras lain dalam hitungan menit, jadi satu stok dapat digunakan dengan lebih dari satu tindakan laras. Panduan oprod Blackfeatherreg juga memberikan potongan releif khusus pada kedua sisi saluran oprod untuk memungkinkan pengepakan minyak. Inovasi sederhana ini menawarkan pelumasan panduan oprod selama berlangsungnya api dan tidak hadir dalam desain lain. Panduan oprod menghubungkan ke lengan bawah dengan pelat anti-aus baja tahan karat heavy duty, yang menyediakan area bantalan permukaan besar yang tidak akan mengintip atau mendistorsi bahkan setelah penggunaan yang ekstensif. Beberapa Rifle Configurations: Fitur yang Menyenangkan Bagi Blackfeatherreg RS Riflemen Dengan saham senapan RS Blackfeather, rifleman dapat memilih antara serangkaian komponen M14.ca yang dapat dipertukarkan dan kompatibel, yang memungkinkan seorang operator menyesuaikan M14M1A untuk kebutuhan tertentu. Modularitas desain ini unik untuk desain presisi mesin, aluminium dan baja Blackfeatherreg RS. Selanjutnya, RS memungkinkan Anda untuk menukar seluruh kelompok barrelreceivertrigger (Grup BRT) ke dalam stok yang sama dengan menggunakan panduan oprod milik kami di Grup BRT M14M1A kedua (ORG tambahan dapat dibeli melalui tautan ini). Swapping seluruh BRT Groups memungkinkan Anda untuk menjalankan beberapa konfigurasi senapan, dengan demikian, operator dapat memasang M14 Blackfeatherreg yang diberiRR tanpa kabel yang dilengkapi dengan laras pendek dan titik merah sambil mempertahankan konfigurasi senapan lain dengan laras panjang dan ruang lingkup (ini adalah contoh yang disederhanakan) tanpa Membeli saham senapan kedua. Total biaya penghematan kepemilikan menguntungkan, terutama untuk organisasi yang mengaplikasikan beberapa konfigurasi senapan (atau individu dengan lebih dari satu M14). Khususnya, untuk beberapa sweater BRT Group, dan untuk kemudahan perawatan dan pembersihan, desain Blackfeather RS ​​memungkinkan retensi nol optik pada pemindahan tindakan melalui satu frame Bade 8 frame tunggal. Baut bingkai Kelas 8 memiliki kepala yang kuat yang kompatibel dengan Alat Kombinasi GI M14 A.S. Ini berarti alat GI asli adalah semua yang Anda butuhkan untuk strip bidang RS Blackfeatherreg yang dilengkapi M14M1A. Blackfeatherreg RS: Modularitas Tidak seperti Stok AluminiumSteel M14M1A Kompatibel Kompatibel Sistem Blackfeather RS ​​akan memungkinkan Anda memilih antara 2 ujung punggung kompatibel AR-15 yang berbeda kompatibel (fixed low atau fixed high) (adaptor lipat juga tersedia). Kami CASM LSP monolitik railed handguardscope mountaccessory rail, kami Scout Hand Guard (atau handguards produsen lain yang mungkin memerlukan modifikasi untuk membersihkan ORG kami), solusi pemasangan dot scopered yang berbeda (CASM A, CASM S, CASM EX, MRD, dan RD kami) Dan rem cakram LMB FSB kami dan juga tampilan depan yang dapat disesuaikan atau tetap yang kompatibel dengan sistem BUS kami di seri CASM. Item lainnya termasuk sekumpulan sling swivel yang cepat dan Black Arrow Oprod Spring Guide. Baru di situs web kami adalah RBS kami. Pilihan buttstock sederhana, ringan, aluminium semua yang akan bertahan seumur hidup di BlackExatherreg quotRS.quot Pemilihan komponen dan beberapa ORG Anda memungkinkan Anda untuk menjalankan senapan Anda dengan berbagai cara dengan keyakinan bahwa bagian M14.ca Anda akan bekerja bersamaan. Dengan platform senapan anda Dengan desain inklusif Blackfeatherregs, satu senapan bisa mengisi beberapa peran. Entah Anda bepergian dengan rig pengeboran ringan sederhana tanpa aksesori taktis, M14 yang pendek, lipat atau senapan CQB fixed stock atau konfigurasi DMR, M14M1A Blackfeatherreg quotRifle Systemquot menawarkan opsi yang tidak seperti yang lain. Berat dan Keseimbangan Kritis Stok senapan harus cukup ringan untuk dibawa dalam waktu lama, namun masih cukup berat untuk memungkinkan pemotretan tepat dengan kartrid 7,62x51 yang kuat. Sambil mempertahankan keseluruhan fokus kami untuk membangun platform, bobot dan keseimbangan yang akurat, mempengaruhi setiap keputusan desain. Senapan kami di foto ini berbobot 8,2 lbs. Ini menyeimbangkan dengan benar dan ayunan dengan cepat karena fokusnya ke belakang. Furthemore, aksesoris seperti lingkup CASMreg GEN II hanya meningkatkan pergeseran berat optik ke belakang pada platform Blackfeatherreg RS. Misalnya, melepas pemandangan besi belakang M14 yang berbobot 2.8oz dan menambahkan 3.8oz. Lingkup aluminium CASM GEN II mount (dengan tampilan cadangan) hanya menambahkan 1oz. Berat untuk senapan Anda. Melepaskan pemandangan besi belakang M14 yang memiliki berat 2.8oz dan menambahkan 8.4oz. Lingkup baja CASM GEN II mount (dengan tampilan cadangan) hanya menambahkan 5.6oz. Berat senapan Anda, perbedaan yang mencolok dan pergeseran keseimbangan belakang yang jelas ke Blackfeatherreg RS (terutama dengan cakupan terberat). Dalam kata-kata mantan pelatih pasukan Kanada tingkat tinggi yang hadir dalam uji coba Blackfeatherreg: quotI tidak percaya seberapa baik saya bisa memanipulasinya. Blackfeather di salah satu konfigurasi untuk membuat hits tekan dua kali dengan cepat di zona A melalui sejumlah COF ed yang berbeda. Kursus api Stoknya ringan dan seimbang, grip angle sudah tidak asing lagi dan tidak perlu nyaman. Dengan dua tipe SS Miceluk comp, dan titik merah JPoint, saya hampir tidak mendapatkan Dot Bounce dan memukul secepat yang bisa saya tarik. Kencangkan keran ganda dengan 7,62x51 (yaitu 6 Seperti pada tiga target pada 20 yds dalam 3.5ish detik dari port rendah) Saya sedikit lebih lambat dengan ruang lingkup (di CASM mount), namun tetap bisa menjalankan jalur yang sama. Di dan sekitar 3s tinggi dengan yang terburuk 4,2 detik.) Akurasi dan Perkembangan Setelah dua tahun pengembangan dan pengembangan, diperkirakan 100 perubahan pada konsep senapan lebih dari 13 prototip panjang penuh (tidak termasuk blok uji penerima) dan 640 jam mesin (tidak termasuk penelitian dan pengembangan manusia dan uji coba jarak jauh selama 2 bulan) RS Blackfeatherreg dirancang untuk secara efektif mengevalusi dan memodernisasi senapan M14M1A Anda secara efektif sambil memberikan pilihan paling banyak yang pernah ada dalam satu platform tunggal. Keakuratan kehitam-hitaman berasal dari permukaan tempat tidurnya yang tepat (kelompok penerima yang ketat dan sesuai stoknya) dan perekat laras laras openg quad-locked kami yang dapat disesuaikan, yang dapat mengapung barel M14 secara bebas dari bos laras. Permukaan tempat tidur didasarkan pada gambar penerima USGI yang asli, yang diuji pada berbagai receiver dengan menggunakan blok uji kuota kami dengan panduan dari perancang senjata M14 dan ahli M14 individu, dan penasihat teknis kami sendiri (mantan pandai besi dan mantan militer Kanada) Ciptakan seakurat dan seoptimal mungkin, permukaan tempat tidur untuk kelompok penerima M14. Dalam foto yang ditampilkan, sebuah kotak keluar dari kotak Norinco M14 dengan sedikit modifikasi dan pemasangan ke stok senapan Blackfeatherreg RS, kami dapat mencapai MOA. Ditandatangani dan disaksikan tanggal 18 Maret 2012. Hasil ini sejak itu telah diulang, yang terakhir dalam Tantangan MOA 1.514 MOU Kanada M14M1AM305. Untuk informasi lebih lanjut, lihat PDF ini. Modifikasi Kustom Kami dapat memodifikasi BlackExatherreg quotRSquot agar sesuai dengan organisasi Anda. Jika Anda memiliki persyaratan khusus atau menginginkan penyempurnaan fitur tertentu, kami dapat menawarkannya dengan urutan volume yang benar. Permintaan individu dapat dipertimbangkan berdasarkan kasus per kasus. Enquires dapat diarahkan melalui email ke: infom14.ca Spesifikasi: Nama Produk: M14.ca Blackfeather quotRSquot Type: M14 Platform Rifle Stock Material: 6061 Alloy, Tipe II Hard Coat Anodized, 4140 HTSR Steel, salt bath nitrided Warna: Matte Black OAL : 22.375 Berat: £ 2,8 dengan grip pistol Magpul dan Ace Ltd. Buttstock Light Light Berat: 8.2lbs (Rakitan lengkap seperti yang ditunjukkan pada foto ini) Kompatibilitas Kelompok Penerima: Cocok untuk semua keluarga M14 dari senapan dengan receiver yang mendekati dimensi eksternal GI AS (Incl Senjata NorincoPolytech dan M1A). (Receiver terjepit tidak muat). Full Auto M14s tidak didukung. Kompatibilitas Grup Barrel: Cocok untuk semua keluarga M14M1A dengan senapan kontrakan standar. Baki berat sedang dengan batang opler standar diameter laras bos bos, 800 mungkin bisa didukung. Silahkan hubungi kami untuk informasi lebih lanjut. Tongkang berat tidak didukung. Tel. Pesanan: Untuk memesan melalui telepon, hubungi 250 721 3444 langsung. Terima kasih. Harap dicatat: stok senapan M14.ca Blackfeatherreg quotRSquot Anda dikirimkan dengan satu panduan quotOprod dan Anti-wear Plate.quot Untuk konfigurasi beberapa senapan, Panduan Oprod dan Pelat Anti-Pakai tambahan dapat dibeli melalui tautan ini. Pelanggan USA, harap diperhatikan: RS Blackfeather dapat dibeli langsung dari distributor AS kami: M14EBR.USPlease enable JavaScript in Your Browser JavaScript saat ini tidak diaktifkan di browser Anda dan karena ini, situs kami tidak akan berfungsi sebagaimana mestinya. Saat JavaScript dinonaktifkan, Anda tidak akan dapat menambahkan item ke keranjang atau melihat semua opsi produk. Situs kami didukung oleh standar keamanan terkemuka di industri untuk perlindungan Anda. 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Generasi berikutnya, saham yang dapat disesuaikan sepenuhnya untuk senapan Springfield M1A dan M14. Drop-in fit. Dibangun seluruhnya dari polimer serat karbon berpemilik dan ringan. Spesifikasi untuk Pro Mag Archangel M1A Precision Stock Untuk M1AM14 Black Black Polymer AAM1A: Saya memasang rel Picatinny, ring dan Leupold Scope. Yang membuat jalan ke tinggi untuk melihat melalui. Mencoba alas karet, lengan baju itu tampak cheezie. Setelah di Salling the Archangel stok ada bedanya. Semua plus Mengambil beberapa pas untuk mendapatkan tindakan itu. Baca lebih banyak. 11 menemukan ini berguna Ulasan Terbaru Sempurna untuk saya. Oleh PC10mm Pemilik yang Verified, 17 Januari 2017 Saya telah memiliki M1a Scout saya setidaknya selama 6 tahun dan menyimpannya. Saya ingin stok baru tapi tidak bisa membenarkan pengeluaran 800 plus. Plus saya tidak butuh sesuatu yang ekstrem. Stok ini hanya apa yang saya cari. Hampir semua revi negatif. Baca lebih banyak. Review terbaru Rangemaster oleh Spindletop, 8 Januari 2017 Stok Archangel adalah apa yang selalu dibutuhkan M-14 saat ruang lingkup terpasang. Potongan pipi yang bisa disesuaikan membuat kesejajaran eyescope mudah. Posisi griptrigger sangat bagus. Di sisi bawah ada pas yang cukup dibutuhkan. Pas ca. Baca lebih banyak. Saya membeli ini untuk sebuah M1A SOCOM 16 yang menggantikan persediaan pabrik. I039m seorang pria kulit putih tua yang sudah lama berada di sekitar peralatan senapan untuk waktu yang lama, dan Industri Mag Bersertifikat (Arch Made USA), dibangun fantastis Dari panjang yang dapat disesuaikan dari hal. Baca lebih banyak. Rifle: Springfield M1A Standard Hal pertama, stok ini tidak bisa dibandingkan dengan high end 800 sampai 3000 saham, ini tidak dibuat untuk bersaing dengan mereka, meski penampilannya bisa bersaing dengan baik, stoknya dalam kategori yang berbeda. Itu Read More.Loose Rounds on the M14 Kami memiliki titik lemah di hati kami untuk senapan M14, meskipun kami mengalaminya dalam layanan terutama sebagai sistem penembak jitu M21, platform yang tidak stabil dan tidak stabil, tidak ada bagian yang dapat diservis oleh pengguna di dalam.8221 (Operator yang serius tidak diizinkan untuk menanggalkan senapan 8212 yang benar-benar untuk armorer yang membangun barang itu. Anda bisa menyingkirkannya, tapi itu tidak Anda lakukan). Beberapa fiddliness disebabkan oleh cakupan Leatherwood ART II, ​​sebuah peluru awal penopang teleskop komposit. Leatherwood diadopsi, kami selalu curiga, karena Jim Leatherwood adalah orang SF, bukan karena ruang lingkupnya sangat luar biasa. Penggantian M21 dengan senapan baut M24, sebuah pistol yang dikembangkan terutama oleh penembak jitu SF (penembak jitu dan penembak yang kompetitif), disambut oleh hosannas. Lingkup mildot Leupold mengambil tanggung jawab dari lingkup internal dan meletakkannya di atas penembak, dan kami menyukainya. Jadi ketika Shawn at Loose Rounds menulis sebuah posting yang penting tidak sebanyak M14 tapi legenda keahliannya yang tidak didukung. Dia mengarahkan ke gang kami. Dia mendapat dukungan teknis dalam pos tersebut dari Daniel Watters, yang bisa dikatakan sebagai orang yang paling tahu pengetahuan tentang perkembangan senjata kecil AS pasca Perang Dunia ke-2 yang tidak pernah menulis sebuah buku. Dan argumennya umumnya didukung oleh buku-buku terkait M14 dalam koleksi kami, beberapa di antaranya muncul dalam catatan kaki atau Sumber. Sejarah M148217s sangat menarik. Ini memiliki masa gestasi yang panjang dan sulit, melibatkan banyak awal yang salah dan tujuan buntu, sebelum akhirnya menyelesaikan senjata yang sedikit lebih daripada M1 dengan majalah kotak dan sistem gas yang lebih baik. Seluruh proses ini memakan waktu 12 tahun (dari tahun 1945 sampai 1957) dan menghabiskan banyak uang, mengingat bahwa yang keluar dari situ pada dasarnya adalah M1 dengan kotak mag, saklar selektif selektif, dan sistem gas yang lebih baik. Dari ujung operator, terlihat seperti M1, kecuali tombol tawa bodoh dan boros, tapi Anda benar-benar bisa memuatkan M1 lebih cepat. Prototipe M148217s, the T44, mendekati ini (isyarat jari Max Smart) untuk kehilangan versi FN-FAL buatan AS, T48. Tes terakhir menemukan dua senjata itu kira-kira setara. 1 Tes sebelumnya sangat meningkatkan kedua lengan, dan membuat satu perbaikan yang langgeng pada topi FAL menguntungkan FN dan operator asing: penggabungan 8220 dan pemotongan8221 pada pembawa baut. 2 Salah satu faktor penentu adalah bahwa senapan FN tidak memiliki penutup baut yang kuat, 8221 cara untuk memaksa baut tertutup, misalnya, kartrid bengkak. (Jangan pedulikan bahwa itu adalah ide yang payah, itu adalah kebijakan Angkatan Darat. Ada yang mengatakan, untuk menerima T44 yang dikembangkan di rumah, yang dikembangkan oleh Springfield dan bukan FAL yang dirancang asing, tapi itu pasti tidak dituliskan di tempat yang penting). M14 terus mengalami masa sulit yang mengejutkan dalam pembuatan produk 8212 karena telah terjual dengan kesamaan yang luas dengan desain M1 Garand, dan dijual sesuai dengan perkakas M1 Garand. Semua produsen (Springfield, Winchester, Harrington amp Richardson, dan TRW) berjuang untuk membuat senjata. (Stevens menyebut produksi M14, dalam sebuah judul bab, Tragedi 8220A dalam Empat Tindakan.8221 3 Dalam kasus HampR8217, tidak mengherankan, karena HampR telah berjuang dengan kontrak M1 dan hanya memiliki kontrak M14 karena korupsi politik di delegasi kongres Massachusetts , TRW, yang pada umumnya dianggap menghasilkan senapan terbaik dari keempat produsen.4 M14 seharusnya menggantikan M1, tapi juga BAR, carbine, dan SMG. Sampai Anda melihatnya berdampingan, kebanyakan orang menganggapnya sebagai M14 lebih kecil dari M1, 8220M148221 ini sebenarnya adalah Springfield Springfield M1A sipil. (Faktanya, hanya beberapa komponen M1 yang bisa dipertukarkan dengan M14, termasuk bagian paling dalam dari kelompok pemicu perumahan, dan Beberapa perangkat keras stok, Beberapa bagian lainnya, seperti alat penggali dan aperture penglihatan belakang, pertukaran tapi cukup 8220right.8221 (Ekstraktor M14 bekerja lebih baik di kedua senapan, pemandangan M1 dan M14 dikalibrasi di meter dan meter respecti Vely). 5 M14 memiliki kehidupan yang pendek sebagai senapan servis AS, dan yang kontroversial. (Kongres, misalnya, tidak percaya jumlah uang yang telah dikeluarkan untuk perbaikan yang relatif kecil terhadap M1). Tapi itu memiliki kehidupan akhirat yang panjang sebagai barang legenda. Dan ini tempat usaha Loose Rounds8217 terbaru dalam mythbusting masuk. Inilah rasa: Pergilah ke forum senjata mana pun, dan tidak perlu waktu lama untuk menemukan orang yang mau memberi tahu Anda betapa hebatnya M14. Seberapa akurat, seperti laser, tangguh seperti alat baja tanpa perlu bayi atau bersihkan. Yang kuat sebagai kilat yang meringankan, dan betapa cintanya pada pengguna awal yang menolak M16 karena mereka menginginkan senjata nyata yang terbuat dari kayu dan baja. Tapi, semua itu benar-benar benar Mungkin itu adalah kemenangan nostalgia karena akal sehat dan kenyataan. Satu kebenaran adalah, tidak pernah benar-benar disukai sebanyak yang dipikirkan orang mengingatnya. M14 mengalami masalah besar bahkan sebelum ARPA Project AGILE dan seorang pengawas keuangan Defense melaporkan AR15 lebih unggul dari M14 Laporan Hitch yang terkenal yang menyebutkan AR15. M1 dan superior AK47. (Loose Rounds kemudian mengutip kesimpulan yang tepat dari laporan tersebut, yang juga dirujuk dalam banyak Sumber yang kami cantumkan di akhir dokumen ini). Ayah saya sendiri mengatakan hal ini. Ayah berada di Vietnam dari 67-68 di Divisi Infantri ke-4. Saya menyukai M14 secara mendasar, Ini adalah mobil semi pertama yang pernah saya tembak. Sudah lama membawa semua beban itu dengan cepat berlari setiap tempat sepanjang siang dan malam. Saya memenuhi syarat ahli dengan itu. Begitu saya dikeluarkan M16 tepat sebelum kami melewati laut, saya tidak pernah menengok ke belakang. Bagi setiap orang yang telah mengatakan betapa hebatnya hal itu, saya telah menemukan dua orang yang tidak memiliki kesengsaraan dan pengalaman buruk darinya. Saya sendiri di antara mereka. M14M1a akan ada selama orang terus membelinya. Tentu tidak ada yang salah dengan memiliki mereka menyukai mereka dan menggunakannya. Sama sekali tidak berguna atau tidak efektif. Tapi reputasinya yang legendaris adalah sesuatu yang perlu diambil dengan sebutir garam dan teliti mempelajari sistem jika Anda berniat menggunakannya karena keinginan Anda bergantung pada. Jika Anda penasaran posting di rak menembak M14s dan layanan kustom senapan M14s dengan barel Lilja ditembakkan di 1.000 meter dapat ditemukan di sini di Looseorunds menggunakan bar pencarian. Di sana Anda bisa membaca M14M1A dibandingkan dengan M1 Garand dan M1903. Ketika kami duduk tadi malam untuk mulai menulis ini, kami akan menganalisis postingan mereka secara mendalam, tapi kami hanya bisa menyarankan Anda untuk membaca The Whole Thing. M14 sangat dicintai, tapi kemudian, banyak tentara mulai mencintai senapan militer pertama mereka yang tidak sesuai dengan kualitasnya. (Memang, kita merasa seperti itu, dan mempertahankan keterikatan yang lekat dengan, M16A1, sambil menyadari bahwa kemajuan telah meninggalkan M16 Angkatan Darat asli di belakangnya). Jika nostalgia mengantar Anda, LRB memiliki senapan ini pada receiver bertanda T44E4 yang baru di stok 8212 selama hampir 3k. Kami menginginkannya tapi tidak buruk. Memang ada ruang di dinding ruang senjata yang ditandai untuk M21, cepat atau lambat. Tapi thats di mana kemungkinan untuk tinggal sebagian besar waktu. (Pos Shawn8217 di Loose Rounds memiliki beberapa rincian tentang kesulitan jahat untuk menyimpan salah satu dari ini dalam pemotretan yang akurat). Stevens, Amerika Utara FALs, hal.106 Iannimico, hal. 62. Iannimico, hal. 59. Stevens, US Rifle M14, hal. 197-224l Emerson, Volume 1, hlm. 41-70 Emerson, Volume 3, hlm. 129-130. Emersom, Lee. Sejarah dan Perkembangan M1, Edisi Kelima. (Empat Volume). Diterbitkan sendiri, 2010-2014. Iannimico, Frank. The Last Steel Warrior: US Rifle M14. Henderson, NV: Moose Lake, 2005. Rayle, Roy E. Random Shots: Episode dalam Life of a Weapon Developer. Bennington, VT: Merriam Press, 1996. Stevens, R. Blake, Amerika Utara FALs. Toronto: Collector Grade Publications, 1979. Stevens, R. Blake, Senapan AS M14: Dari John Garand ke M21. Toronto: Collector Grade Publications, 1979. Tentang navigasi Pos Hognose 108 pemikiran pada ldquo Loose Rounds pada M14 rdquo terima kasih atas kata-kata yang baik. Saya berharap bisa keluar dari tempat tidur pada pukul 300 pagi ini, dan digantung oleh The Old M14 Boys Club. Sungguh lega melihat ada orang lain yang melihat jangkar kapal tua untuk apa adanya. YAITU. Bukan saham tomat, tapi jauh dari M4 yang bagus atau bahkan rekan-rekannya saat itu kok. Artikel bagus FWIW, baru-baru ini saya menyeret beberapa senapan meski ada lumpur lumpur untuk melihat apa yang akan terjadi, dan M1A sejauh ini merupakan pemain terburuk (ini gagal total 8211 lihat tautan di bawah). Sama terjadi dalam tes pasir yang belum dipublikasikan. Itu video yang bagus, Ian. Saya telah menyaksikannya dan seharusnya memasukkannya. ISTR beberapa commenter meredakan perasaan sakit hatinya dengan menyarankan stok (Sage Troy yang saya lupakan) adalah bagaimana lumpur masuk ke dalam sistem. Tidak, lumpur bisa melalui slot op rod menjadi M1 dan M14 dan itu adalah salah satu dari nilai jual AR-10 Stoner8217s 1955-vintage. Melihat Anda di tanah liat 8220Anda tidak datang kemari untuk membawa senjata, apakah Anda, son8221 Bwahahahahaaaa Serius, Anda adalah olahraga yang bagus untuk itu. Mulai sekitar tahun 1985, saya tidak merasa kotor seperti itu kecuali jika saya mendapatkan semacam lencana. Ya, karena semua orang tahu seberapa bias Anda terhadap senjata api paduan baja modern, dan betapa biasnya Anda terhadap senjata api yang terbuat dari kenari dan baja. Sebenarnya aku tahu itu. Itu hebat. Ingin mendapatkan izin Anda untuk mengeditnya ke artikel saya atau mungkin posting tindak lanjut Tentu, Anda dipersilahkan untuk menggunakannya. Semoga video sandinya akan terbit akhir pekan ini. Sebagai seseorang yang menukar MK17 untuk 14 penempatan pertama saya, dan cukup senang dengan kinerjanya, saya tidak setuju dengan artikel ini lebih lanjut. M14 dan semua variasinya hanya sekitar karena kurangnya senapan berkualitas 7.62. Saya mungkin memiliki cinta yang sangat tidak sehat dari 14, tapi saya sangat senang akhirnya melihat MK17 sampai pada titik di mana saya dapat mengubah usia 14 tahun saya dan tidak akan pernah menggunakannya lagi. I8217m bertanya-tanya apa perbandingan efektivitas sebenarnya (orang jahat yang meninggal vs nomor ditembak) akan berada di antara M4 dan M14 (atau M1) dalam pertempuran Saya tahu bahwa ketika saya benar-benar menginginkan sesuatu untuk mati, saya meninggalkan rumah AR dan mengambil yang lama 06 autoloader Tentu saja, saya tidak punya Warthog untuk cadangan, jadi mungkin penghitungan suara lebih banyak daripada tujuan yang mantap. Hal ini berarti bahwa setiap orang merindukan: Pertarungan lebih merupakan interaksi antara manusia dan kondisi daripada peristiwa murni senjata dan keahlian menembak. Anda tidak berada di tempat yang berbeda, Anda sama sekali tidak memiliki banyak waktu untuk mengambil suntikan hati-hati Anda pada orang-orang jahat. Orang-orang menembaki Anda, dan Anda mencoba membunuh mereka sebelum membunuh Anda. Senapan besar M1 yang besar yang Anda pilih keluar dari lemari adalah pistol yang bagus, untuk tugas-tugas tertentu. Tentu saja, apakah saya terlibat dalam hubungan interpersonal jarak jauh, saya lebih memilihnya. On the other hand, for the close encounters that you run into I8217d leave that thing behind, and pick something I can get into action and manipulate more quickly. Yes, it may indeed require me to put a few anchor shots in, but I8217d rather distract the guy shooting at me with a quickly aimed shot which only wounds him than have a rifle I can8217t bring to bear or recover from firing as quickly. The name of the game is speed, period. A lot of people just don8217t grasp that concept. You8217re actually better off getting some rounds down range at the enemy in order to make him duck, getting to cover, and then taking your time to kill him. Ask any of the guys who first used silenced Swedish-K submachineguns in Vietnam. There are a couple who tried it once, and wouldn8217t do it again, because silenced suppressive fire8230 Isn8217t really that suppressive. Likewise, the shots you don8217t take because you8217re carrying an uber-lethal elephant gun around with you, instead of something you can afford to do some inaccurate and yet intimidating fire with while your ass is running to cover. One positive for the M-14, it eliminated the M-1 thumb. Slightly different manual of arms which could be a problem if you first learned on a M-1. I was never a fan, but all my service was in Germany. What8217s an interesting contrast to the M14 is the Italian project to update the M1, the BM-59. Friend of mine had a set of those, all original Beretta production that were brought in back in the 1960s. His contention, and I honestly don8217t know enough about the details to say if he was nuts or not, was that the people at Beretta had done what the US had done in creating the M14 in much less time for much less money, and gotten a superior weapon out of it, to boot. The BM-59s that he had and that he let me shoot with him were amazingly accurate and reliable. His M1A examples Not so much. Might be interesting to do a comparecontrast between the two programs. I8217m not clear on the details, myself, but surely someone out there is. I8217ve also never seen an equivalent to the Collector8217s Grade books on the BM-598211It8217s always been a bit of a red-haired stepchild when it came to that sort of thing. I think there have been articles in Small Arms Review and, back in the 1980s, Soldier of Fortune. I do have a complete set of 1980s SOF mags but I8217m not aware of any index, and they8217re unsorted, in boxes. Saco has a BM59 kit, with blue prints for reference to machine an M1 receiver to convert it to fit the kit. I think one runs about 595, plus the cost of a receiver. If you have the tools and skills, it is reasonable costs for a rugged automatic rifle in 7.62. Probably have to figure a modification using M-14 magazines as the BM59 units are high dollar and uncommon. I figured it was a common sense conversion on the part of the Italians all things considered at the time in history. Entirely a side point, but your observation about first love (at least for infantry soldiers) is entirely correct, in my experience. I will always have a soft-spot for the Galil, which I think was a fine weapon in many ways but it took a while to admit how grossly over-heavy it was for the demands of our tasks. Until the first time I was issued an M-16 short, and realized what a beautiful thing discarding unwanted weight is, and that the maligning of the M-16 was more myth than anything by my time. The Galil short wasn8217t so bad, but the full version with wood furniture and the bottle opener was ridiculous. Thanks for putting this out. I8217m so freaking sick of hearing random generic random gun guys say 8220Yah, that Mickey Mattel M-16 is a piece of crap. We shoulda kept tha Em-Fourteen instead a that poodle-shooter.8221 I usually ask them if they8217ve either: a. Had to operate in and out of a vehicle or confined space with an M-14. B. Ask them if they8217ve ever had to carry an M-14 any farther than the distance from their car trunk to the firing line. Usually I get silence or a confused look. I bite my tongue a lot in gun shops. I have a hard and fast rule 8212 I will step in if it will help the counter guy make a sale, but if it will undermine him or queer a sale, I won8217t do it, unless he8217s screwing a customer (something I8217ve never seen, actually, but I8217m ready if I do). Most counter guys like to sell but don8217t know as much about their product as they would like. I was teaching Kid the history of Windham Weaponry at a shop that had a Windham gun on display, and noticed by the end of my pontification instructional interlude there was a sales guy hanging on every word. 8220I never knew that8221 he said. Hopefully knowing the backstory will help him sell these decent and reasonably priced guns. Yeah, the BM-59 is what the 14 could have been. ANd the Italians did the conversion in about three year. Somewhere in the bunker is a Nigerian stock 8211 which if I ever find it will be swapped onto the 821759 I have. And yeah the mags are 8216spensive, 50-60. Is it fair to blame the M14 for the development cost to replace the M1 It is my understanding that the bulk of the money spent by the Army to develop an M1 replacement after WWII went to rifle projects other than the M14, such as the T25. The M14 was a backwater backup that mainly relied upon the money spent developing the M1 during WWII. It was only when the primary rifle development efforts failed that the Army fell back on the T44 which was the prototype for the M14. I know I am a bit late here but is there a place where I could read WHY the M-14 had all these issues with manufacturing, accuracy etc. while the rifle it was based on didn8217t seem to have nearly as many issues The Garand isn8217t all we mythologize it as, either. An early service nickname was 8220Jammin8217 Jenny8221, after all. Of all the military rifles, I think the M-14 is the best looking rifle. And I also have much love for the iron sights, stock and trigger compared to other military rifles. But I have no illusions that it is some magic wand. When it comes to large caliber semi-auto military rifles I like the rock-like simplicity of the MAS-49 action. It8217s funny how today there is still so much controversy when it comes to the M14 and M16. And a reluctance to admit how grey the whole topic is. For example the whole notion of handheld full-auto fire which was so desired in the immediate post-war era (which any 7.62 NATO caliber rifle would fail at including the M14) which is such an obsolete doctrine today. Or how the first several hundred thousands of XM16E1 produced were rushed into combat service despite a lack of testing which could have revealed how buggy and unready they were for duty. Brad, you are entirely wrong where you8217re saying 8220For example the whole notion of handheld full-auto fire which was so desired in the immediate post-war era (which any 7.62 NATO caliber rifle would fail at including the M14) which is such an obsolete doctrine today.8221 . If you disagree, ask the guys at Wanat. I8217m sure they8217ll look at you like you8217re nuts, because you are. Fully-automatic fire from an individual weapon is a tool we don8217t routinely pull out of the box, but when you need it, there is no substitute. Yeah, aimed semi-auto fire is more effective in a lot of situations, but it is also entirely inadequate in others, or the M4A1 wouldn8217t still have the 8220happy switch8221 that it does. Thank God someone saw the light and decided to get rid of the idiotic three-round burst feature. In routine training and combat, yeah8230 You rarely need to go full-auto. However, when the bovine end-product has hit the fan, you need to be able to go cyclic. Whether you8217re trying to break contact in the jungle, or clearing rooms in Kandahar, there are times and places where that final position on the safety-selector switch is absolutely necessary, and you need to be firing a cartridge where you can effectively control that sort of fire in a relatively lightweight individual weapon. Full-auto on an assault rifle is like that old 8220WAR POWER8221 notch on the throttles in the old fighters8211Yeah, you never wanted to go there in routine operations, but if you needed it, you NEEDED it. The USMC have a serious disagreement with you. It8217s the whole reason why we replaced the M16a1 with the M16a2 plus M249 SAW in the 19808217s. And even after all the combat experience since adaption of the M16a2, the USMC seem to have no desire to return to old doctrine. Say WHAT Are you delusional What the hell do you think the procurement of the M27 stemmed from That8217s sure as hell not meant to be fired exclusively on semi-auto, my friend. I don8217t think you understand squat about this 8220old doctrine8221 you8217re referring to, or even understand whatever it is you think it8217s been replaced by. I8217m rapidly coming to the conclusion that your background on these issues is entirely theoretical and based on no real experience. I think the M27 was procured to replace the M249 inside the USMC fire team. Do you think it was procured to replace the M16a2 You8217re correct. The M249 in turn replaced an M16-armed 8220automatic rifleman.8221 In pre-SAW Army doctrine, one guy per fire team was designated to fire his gun on auto, in a shadowy reflection of the pre-1960 BAR role. The Marine doctrine was slightly different (Marine squads8217size was not dictated by the size of helicopters or armored vehicles, for one thing) but their auto rifle had a similar function. The M16 was never adequate in that function (nor had the M14 been, nota bene . hence the development of the SAW 8212 which has probably been explored more here than anywhere else on the net, or in print for that matter). The Marines8217 problems with the SAW were two: (1) their 1980s and 90s-vintage SAWs were old and worn out, which they could have solved by buying new SAWs, and (2) it was too heavy for dismounted patrol with all the other crap a GI has to carry these days, especially in Afghanistan (extremely steep mountains, rarefied air 8212 imagine patrolling in the highest Rockies). The weight problem could not be fixed to the Marines8217 satisfaction. None of the other things in the pipeline met with their needs. (Ti receivers, etc. reduce the gun8217s weight but at the cost of durability, and they don8217t reduce the weight enough). The USMC conducted this program with great transparency, were always up front about their goals, and got the weapon their doctrine requires 8212 they8217re quite happy with it. The Army probably has enough M14s in warehouses to give every Marine a beater for the field and a shiny one for inspection, but the Marines weren8217t interested. The Marines also could have specified 7.62 for their IAR, and they didn8217t. They wanted a 5.56 gun. The contention of yours that the Marines have somehow chosen to eschew fully-automatic fire within the squad is what I8217m getting at. The last few versions of the Marine marksmanship manual still have full-auto as a part of the training regime, and offer pointers to its use with the M16A2 and M4 Carbine. Then, there8217s the M27 IAR, which is for all intents and purposes, a product-improved M16. In other words, your idea that the Marines have somehow 8220left behind8221 full-auto on their individual weapons is wrong on so many very different levels. Yes, it is not emphasized, and the preferred mode of fire is aimed semi-auto, but it is still there for emergency use. I8217d like to address this at Brad, Kieth, and Tam, with an aside to Hognose asking him to give what I8217m saying here a bit of a sanity check. Bluntly put, the people we had running our small-arms programs during the WWII and post-WWII era were8230 How should I say this Idiots Well-meaning bureaucrats who were more concerned with maintaining power in their little fiefdoms than in providing the best weapons to our troops Utter morons I honestly don8217t know what it was that went wrong, but I have my suspicions. One of my troops back in the 1980s turned out to have an uncle who8217d worked at Springfield Arsenal, back in the day. I met him when he visited his nephew, found out what he8217d done, and picked the living hell out of his brain. His description of what went on around the Arsenal when the Congressional subpoenas started rolling in for the Ichord Committee hearings really make me wonder if we really have a good idea of just what the hell was actually going on8211At the time he was there, he was a trainee engineerdraftsman, and didn8217t have a lot to do with what was going on. He did recall, however, a whole lot of closed-door meetings, and several tons of documents being hurriedly pushed out the doors and sent off for destruction. I do not know for sure that something nefarious or criminally negligent was going on, but I also suspect that something probably was8211Else, why all the fear and panic, and the destroyed documents We8217ll never know the real story, I suspect. In any event, the root of the whole small arms debacle, and I include the M60 here with the M14, is that the Army utterly failed to comprehend the implications of how we were really fighting the war. We8217ve always been horrible with this stuff8211Our doctrine and documentation, more often than not, reflects the fantasies projected by the writers instead of the distilled wisdom of the practitioner. That8217s just how we roll8211In the British Army, they task the guys out in the field with writing the manuals. US Army It8217s usually a braintrust comprised of company-grade officers fresh out of the company commander8217s course, waiting to go to the course, or senior NCOs who got thrown off the drill sergeant program. That8217s who is manning most of the directorates that write the manuals, and the odds of something relatively recent percolating back up the tree Infinitesimal. One of the things about the British Army that flat-out blew my mind was discovering that the platoon sergeant-equivalent for their engineer platoon that they8217d sent over for Trumpet Dance (annual exercise they used to hold at Fort Lewis) was in the process of proofing the route clearance manual he8217d turned in as the most recent revision. He8217d just come off a tour in Ireland where they8217d been doing that exact mission, too. In US practice, something like that would never happen, not in a million years. And, that8217s precisely why a lot of the hard-won lessons from WWII and Korea never penetrated up to the level where they were deciding what new small arms were needed. At the start of WWII, there were two main schools of tactical thought8211You had the German approach, where they believed in the primacy of sheer, distilled firepower (whence came the GPMG concept) and you had the American concept where the individual rifleman was deemed the dominant force on the battlefield. The small arms prioritization of both armies going into the war shows this8211The US went with making sure they had the first mass-issue semi-automatic rifle, and the Germans made sure they had the had the MG3442 family. By the end of the war, the interesting thing is that the actual practitioners of the fighting had sort of converged on what they thought worked, sort of a mish-mash half-way house between the two schools8211The US, for example, had decided that having a belt-fed MG in the squad was a must, and a whole lot of cobbled-together M1919A6s were de facto on the squad MTOE, along with as many BARs as the guys could scrounge. I had an acquaintance who8217d been 8220Infantry on the half-shell8221, as he referred to it, what we8217d call mechanized infantry today, and the pictures he showed of what his squad hauled around in their half-track look like somebody had given them the full company issue of machine guns. I counted six or so belt-feds, including a pair of fifty-cals, and enough BARs to give everyone but the driver an MG. The German army found that their machine-gun centric ideas weren8217t quite ideal, either, so they started putting together units with the newly-developed StG44 issued to every man, with supplemental belt-feds held at platoon level and detached down to the squads. Convergence, see But, did any of that 8220War as she is fought8221 stuff make it back into US documented practice Was it captured, and made doctrine Hell, no. We somehow made believe that the stuff in the books we threw out on first contact with the Germans and Japanese was what won us the war, and so we didn8217t change squat. There was a huge disconnect between 8220practice8221 and 8220documentation8221. Why Institutional blind spot, I8217m afraid8211You can see the same syndrome in today8217s Army. Essentially, the folks in the small arms business for the US army utterly failed to understand what was going on out in the real world. Doubt me Look at their appraisal of the MG42, for an example. They just did not grasp the essentials of the fight. The WWI idea of the primacy of the individual rifleman was still warping their minds, or we wouldn8217t have ignored the implications of what the Germans were doing, and what our line troops had done in response. This is why they insisted on the 7.62mm NATO over the British .280. They honestly believed that what was in the books was how we were fighting, marching fire and all. I think a lot of those guys missed out on WWII combat, and didn8217t understand what had been going on out in the line. There were lots of people in the US Army saying 8220Hey, we need an intermediate cartridge and an assault rifle82308221, but they were not the ones in decision-making authority. The studies were done, the data was gathered, but the guys running the show ignored all of it. Which was why we got the 7.62mm NATO, and then compounded the problem with by adopting the M14. One of the big selling points for that weapon were that it could be built cheaply on existing M1 machinery (which was mostly worn the hell out and obsolescent, by that point), and that they could leverage their experience with the M1 to build it, instead of this new-fangled T-48 FAL that had all these stampings. Turns out, they were very, very wrong8211They needed brand-new machinery for the M14, and it wasn8217t until TRW came on as a production source that they got it. By then, the delays and production problems had just about killed the M148217s chances for success. I8217m going to go out on a limb here, and state that the root problem is that they did not understand modern warfare or how we were fighting it. It wasn8217t until Vietnam, where the M14 encountered a small arms system built around an intermediate cartridge that the issues became clear, however. As soon as that happened, well8230 What we should have done, in my mind, was eaten crow, gone back to the Brits and said 8220Hey8230 Y8217know that .280 thing We were wrong8230 Y8217all got that TDP, still8221, and then pulled up the paperwork for the FN FAL, had them dust off their blueprints for the version in .280, and put that into a fielding program. Unfortunately, that would have cost them too much face, and we instead pulled out the SCHV concept, and made like that was our plan all along. Factor in the politics of the situation, as well8211The powers-that-were were fully invested in the SPIW program, and thought that that would be ready for prime-time in the late 821760s. For that reason, I think that there was a little bit of enlightened self-interest involved with the whole M16 adoption8211They wanted a stop-gap that was just good enough to work in Vietnam, but which wouldn8217t work so well that the SPIW wouldn8217t get fielded. So, grab this thing that the Air Force is yammering about, throw it at the troops without really going through a thorough wringing-out, and call it good. We don8217t want this stop-gap to be so good that it interferes with the projected fielding of the SPIW, so let8217s do everything we can to make sure that it has problems. Example Why the hell did the Army Ordnance guys go against their own 8220lessons learned8221 in the Pacific Theater, and ignore Eugene Stoner when he told them the bores and chambers needed to be chrome-plated The M14 was specified as requiring chrome, so why not the M16 I look at all the other little things they did, like failing to really test out the changes they made to the ammo, and what I see is an almost deliberate attempt to sabotage the entire program. It8217s like they were building a case to replace the M16 with the SPIW as they were pushing the M16 out the door into the war zone. Whether it was criminal negligence, incompetence, or deliberate Who the hell knows I would love to know what was in all those file cabinets my informant saw getting hauled off from Springfield Arsenal, though. As we know, the SPIW didn8217t work, and probably never would in the way it was conceived. The M16 procurement turned into such a fiasco that the Arsenal got shut down by McNamara, and hey, presto8230 The bastard-stepchild 5..56mmM16 family has now become the longest-serving individual weapon in the US Army8217s history. It is really a miracle that the combination of the two things has managed to function as long as it has, to tell the truth. Honestly, when you go back and look at it, the root of the problems have stemmed from the essential fact that we have signally failed to take a holistic approach to the entire issue. How you fight, in what environment, and against what enemy are where the starting points ought to be for these things. When you8217ve got them figured out, then you work out your ballistics, develop a suitable set of cartridges, and then design the weapons around them. We keep going at this stuff from the wrong end8211We pick the weapon and caliber, and then design the way we fight around them. Whether you8217re talking about the approach we take to small arms, or the way we design things like the Bradley, the biggest systemic flaws all stem from putting the cart in front of the damn horse. Gee, we can8217t fit more than a 7-man squad into this thing, with all the crap we threw at it for seven different missions Well, golly8230 We simply reduce the squad size. Which leads to the embarrassing discovery that we now have to assign platoons to missions which were once assigned to squads, and that we don8217t have enough boots on the ground to perform some very basic infantry functions, like clearing buildings and what not. The way it should go is this: Doctrine (how we fight)-gtballistics-gtcartridge design-gtweapons design-gtvalidation testing-gtperformance appraisal-gtback to Doctrine. Why the hell we8217re not doing it this way, I8217ll never understand. We should never let the weapons we pick drive the train for our tactics, period. But, that8217s exactly what we8217re doing, and we8217re doing it with the small arms realm, and again with the IFV realm. We just don8217t seem to learn very well, I8217m afraid. Completely, T-totally 8216effing insane. And, we keep doing things this way, which is even crazier8230 Great comment. I8217ll say one thing, on chrome barrels and chambers, the superiority of it from a maint and durability problem was known but it was believed to be inferior on accuracy. Also, Springfield claimed it was impossible to chrome the .2248243 barrel, yet the very first rifle barrel chromed when Olin was working out the patent was a .258243 so that8217s probably covering up 8220impossible to chrome with our extant equipment 8221 as a factor. For some inside baseball on Springfield, read Roy E. Rayle8217s Random Shots . Quite revelatory about what they were thinking. I believe the insistence on .30 caliber came not from ordnance but from line generals, both in the .276 Petersen and .280 British cases. I wouldn8217t read too much into your informant8217s comments. The transfer of Springfield8217s project files to Rock Island was well underway in preparation for its closure. I also don8217t imagine that Springfield had much to hide as the majority of decision making for the M16 was coming out of the Project Manager Rifles8217 office in Rock Island. I also don8217t remember seeing evidence that Stoner wanted the chamber or bore chromed. I seem to remember his Ichord Subcommittee testimony indicating that he thought it was unnecessary. Thanks for the explanation. The M-1, if nothing else, has a rep for being properly manugactured. The M-14 less so. Wanted to know how they could have messed up a known design so badly, and now I do. Part of the reason the M14 failed was that Garand was no longer around. Garand was a production engineering genius, and a major reason behind the success of the M1 program. For what it8217s worth, John Garand was actually called in to fix some of the T-448217s problems prior to attempted fielding. So the writer has never used an M-14, Knows nothing about M-14. but will trash M-14 because AR IS THE ONE TRUE GOD Well Armalite Ackbar Y8217all. AR-15s SUCK. After 40 years shooting It is the one weapon I most regret buying. The Garand WAS (and is) better than the M-14, But then I think it(the Garand)is better than everything else except maybe the AK and SKS (and then only inside the 200 yard line and only because they have a higher tolerance for dirt). It must be fun to be right about everything all the time. even when you have never seen or used the weapon in its factory new un altered state and have no idea what you are talking about. And Tam, The XM-16 and M-16a1 were nicknamed 8220jammin8217 Jenny8221. Not The Garand. Not even the gas trap Garand. I will bet that the epithet has been applied to more than just the M1 and M16 at one time or another by US servicemen. One question to the author8230.no two questions First to Ray whose commdntary us above and before mine8230well done Sir. To the author8230.What is your point Its all talk, get shot by M-14 and use tour article to stem the hemoraging before you bleed out8230aprix 20 seconds. Where is your jounrnalistic neutrality.Or was the se meaning if this article was to convince all M-14 owners to burn their M-148217s and but a Panther Arms ar-15 M148230those who hate it most commonly bitch about its weight. Do some push ups and you can carry more than a Mattel ar-15. You make a convincing argument but I shall not be swayed. Is the massive destructive power of the M-4 carbine the reason for the triple tap Two in the chest one in the head. Pick any8230ANY fire arm and and s skilled journalist can have you melting your firearm into pig iron. You have compelling reasons 8230.but for every reason you have I can point out that 10 soldiers skilled with the m-4 and 10 soldiers with M1a8217s and many will agree that even with the well thought out, properly accredited mud slinging article they still prefer the 14. You are free to hate anything in American and you put forth a convincing argument. but it hasn8217t swayed me. Of course with all the toys that can be picatinnyied to a M-4how could you not resist the appeal to have the rifle with 400 flashlight and no lug for a bayonet. I enjoyed your well thought out article. It had the feel of a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering thesis, kind of desparate for a good grade. Good reasoning and facts. But it will fall o. Deaf ears as the American military buys back the 148217s sold to other countries. I sure did enjoy your srtivke and if you get around to why child labor is not a bad idea send me a copy . Damn, sorry I didn8217t sway you. You made that point so many times I lost count. I don8217t 8220hate8221 the M14 8212 there8217s some really clever engineering in it (read Rayle for that, or Emerson, whose books are great). But it belongs in the past with the K.98k and the rifle-musket. The M14 didn8217t suck and I never said it did. It wasn8217t a very big advance for the money that was spent, but that8217s kind of normal for US weapons development. (Look at all our programs to improve and replace the M16 since 1960-whatever, and the successful ones have been 8212 CAR-15, Colt private venture M16A2, done on a shoestring by the USMC M4 038 SOPMOD, done on a shoestring by SOCOM and NAVSEA Crane). The billions have been spent on the unsuccessful programs. I get the love for the M14, just like I get the love for the 1903 (and real 821703 snobs don8217t like the A3 with its stamped parts, but the sights sure are better than the original 1903 if you8217re actually going to shoot the thing). If you like it, good for you. (My runnin8217 buddy in Afghanistan, Brian, liked and carried one, and one of the few photos of me from there shows me holding his M14). The fact is, troops in general miss more and hit less with it, at every range, and can carry less ammo. Even target shooters have had to give it up in competition, at least, if they wanted to win. And no, I wouldn8217t recommend a Panther AR for anybody (or VulcanHesse any of that crap) any more than I8217d recommend a typical reweld M14 or a cast-receiver one. As far as 8220the US buying back the M14s8221 please name a country that adopted the M14, besides the USA I come up with one, Taiwan ROC. And they made their own as the Type 57. 2 Nations, counting the USA, adopted the M14. Ninety () other nations in the rifle market went for some version of the FAL instead. They must have been trying to curry favor with that mighty world power, Belgium. And another handful of them bought the G3. Let8217s not even get started on the Commies with their AKs. Damn foreigners. Now now, be fair. The kinds of rifles adapted by the nations of the post-war world have almost everything to do with which power they were a client of, rather than the merits of the rifle, including the FAL. Why would American clients adapt the M14 when even America rejected it and halted production If anything the real victor of the post-war rifle race was the G-3. There was no British commonwealth, America or Soviet Union promoting adaption of the G-3. Yet look at all the nations, both rich and poor, which choose it. The fact that the US had rejected it wasn8217t at all apparent until well after most of those nations did the testing and chose the FAL. If I8217m remembering my history correctly, the M14 wasn8217t even ready to participate in a lot of those tests, nor was it ever offered up for them, since we were having enough trouble making them for our own use. You have to remember that the M14 was so far behind schedule for fielding that it wasn8217t even funny, and that the US was taking flak from NATO because so many of our units weren8217t equipped with it. We type-standardized on a weapon we couldn8217t build, to be quite honest. As for the G3 The main reason it got fielded as much as it did stems from the sweetheart deals HK was able to make with financing from the German government, and due to the fact that the Belgians were pretty much over-booked when it came to production. And, the guys at FN Herstal were a little bit arrogant, as well8211They felt like they had a monopoly, and weren8217t willing to sell licenses to manufacture the FAL as cheaply as the Germans were. If I remember the history, there was some bad blood between the two camps because the Belgians weren8217t getting the state subsidies the Germans were giving HK. Having fired all four of the most-issued 7.62mm NATO rifles of that era, I really have to say that the FN FAL was the best of the lot. The G3 was too heavy and had really poor ergonomics, while the M14 and BM-59 were just not as easy to handle or maintain. I could have lived with the BM-59 or the G3, but the fussy nature of the M14 just turned me the hell off. I swear to God, there wasn8217t a single range session where the 8220finely-tuned, Match-grade M1A 8221 that my buddy had didn8217t require some work done on it. The other 7.62mm rifles You took 8217em to the range, fired them, and then took them home again. No muss, no fuss, no bother. Although, you8217d note a lot more bruising on your shoulder with the G3, for some damn reason. Recoil-based operating systems tend to do that to you. The stamped G3 is probably easier to manufacture in countries whose current highest-tech industry is cookware, too. ) Tam, I think you8217d be surprised at just how hard a delayed roller-lock breech weapon is to design and mass produce, especially with the higher-pressure cartridges. The CETME Modelo 8220L8221 is a good example8211The Spanish were not able to lavish the care and attention on that thing that the Germans did with the HK-33, 93, and 41 rifles. From what I understand, the root problem behind that weapon8217s failures in Spanish service all stemmed from them loosening up the criteria for parts rejection because it was becoming too expensive to manufacture. This led to issues in service, which is what led to the Spanish adopting the G36. From what I8217ve been able to glean of the matter, the pressures and the curves at which they develop in the 5.56mm cartridge do not lend themselves to the roller-locked action. Some even claim that recoil-operated actions in that cartridge are a major pain in the ass, which was why the FAMAS specified steel cases for a long, long time. For whatever reason, you want roller-locked 5.56mm, you either need to have really fussy people doing all the work, or you have really fussy inspectors and tight criteria. Slack on the first, and the weapon becomes unaffordable to produce. Slack on both, and you apparently get the Modelo 8220L8221. There is a reason everyone is building gas-operated rotating bolt weapons, these days. And, apparently, some damn good ones. About the only successful recent weapon I can think of that don8217t use a rotating bolt would be the South African SS-77. I was unaware of the travails of the CETME 8220L8221, Kirk. Thanks for setting me straight. ) I8217m curious 8211 what8217s the source that claims HampR had trouble with the Garand contract Canfield8217s latest book about the M1 infers otherwise 8211 that HampR did better than any of the other civy manufacturers of the Garand amp they even helped troubleshoot one of Springfield8217s screw-ups that was plaguing IHC. amp as an aside, I would argue that the M14 gas system was an alteration, not an improvement, if only such an argument wouldn8217t reveal my bias8230 :) ISTR my great uncle Dan (employed at HR) making two points about government contracts, one, H038R was always on the bubble over quality, and two, H038R only had contracts because of the seniority of the MA congressional delegation. H038R8217s M14 problems were due to a bad batch of steel, which resulted in bad receivers, and the problem was compounded because not all the receivers were bad, and H038R furnished unengraved receivers-in-white to others, notably Winchester (Winchester didn8217t get all its receivers from Springfield during the period when the Gorton lateral transfer machine was teething, even though many sources say this). Ordnance8217s answer was to develop a machine that could test the recievers the bad steel had different electromagnetic properties than the good. I don8217t have enough good M1 references here to track down the issue with the M1, though. I happen to have all the key books on the M14 at hand. It was International Harvester that had the problems making the M1 receivers, not HampR. Springfield ended up supplying IH with receivers that were then stamped by IH. I like M148217s but never could afford an M1A. Never did care for the M16 type but will probably build my first one this year. I guess I8217ll just stick to my beloved Garands for the time being8230 Wow so many learned people here putting down the M-14 Well, I8217m not much of an egghead, but having read all that was posted here. I still have no urge to turn my M1-A into slag. You see, I know that the M-14M1-A was not a magical wand which would never require cleaning or repair. And yes, shoot enough bullets out of the barrel and it will wear out. And yes, dropping an M-14M1-A to the ground might mess up it8217s sights. And blab,blab, blab. All the things being posted here are just as applicable to the M-16 service rifle, and I8217ve seen the souped up ones used for DCM matches and a few used in Camp Perry. Those rifles as just as decked out as all get out and for some reason, their barrels get changed out after so many rounds. go figure. So, since most here are looking forward to getting rid of their M-14s, I8217d would be more that happy to buy them from you for 50 -100. a piece depending on condition. (They are nothing but junk right) But please, no Federal Ordinance please. Now those are pieces of junk. P.S. Look up mil spec. Let my Smith Enterprises go already, sorry. ( I am not surprised at the butthurt generated by Looseround8217s post. There is a lot of not-entirely-rational love for the M14 out in gun nut land. There8217s a persistent fantasy among fans of ads in Shotgun News that the Bulgarians will invade to back up the poodle-shooter-wielding thugs of FEMADHS, and our noble heroes will sling up on a hilltop and pot 8217em down at 500 yards because they just have the guns of cooks, like AKs and M4s, and not Riflemen. It8217s oddly reminiscent of the guy who thinks the thug8230 sorry, goblin 8216s .25 or .32 bullets will bounce off him because he carries a .44 or .45. 8220There is a lot of not-entirely-rational love for the M14 out in gun nut land.8221 That is hardly unique. There is plenty of not-entirely-rational love for AR8217s and Kalashnikovs too, out in gun nut land. Or particular handgun calibers. Or particular handguns. Or or or8230 I think what might be unique is the not-entirely-rational level of hatred for the M14 and for the M16, o ut in gun nut land. It8217s truly nutty. Overall, the thing that strikes me about all the M14 defenders is just how much they and their ilk contributed to the general dysfunction of the small arms procurement programs, over the years. The syndrome goes back to the pre-WWI era, and it8217s warped the hell out of our national thinking about this issue. The primacy of the individual rifleman in combat was going out the window during the Boer War, and was gone entirely by the time WWI started. Trouble was, nobody really recognized it, and you could arguably say that many here in the US still haven8217t. Coming out of the WWI era, many forward-looking thinkers in many armies around the world looked at the cold, hard facts and said that the full-power rifle was an outdated concept. The only people that actually did anything about that were the Germans and the Russians, both of whom got stuck in the past during WWII strictly due to bad timing. Nothing in WWII experience refuted the idea that an intermediate cartridge, capable of being fired controllably on full-auto was the way of the future. The only people who were still in denial about that were the Americans, and you can trace a direct thread from the pre-WWI era through to the 1960s, when the US finally figured out what everyone else already knew8211The full-power, so-called 8220Battle Rifle8221 is a concept whose utility is highly questionable outside of the realm of DMR. The fact that we went through two full-scale rearmament programs after WWI before figuring this out is a marker for how childishly obsessed most of the parties responsible were, and still are. You do a cold, hard reading of the facts, and it becomes clear that the average individual rifleman is not going to engage at ranges much beyond 300m on a routine basis. We knew that in WWI, we knew that in WWII, and we knew that in the 1950s. The numbers and the analysis were there, and we just kept right on making believe that the average combat range for a in individual rifleman was something on the order of 1200m or greater. Never mind the fact that you can8217t see the damn enemy and distinguish him very well at that range, unless you8217re talking an extraordinary set of circumstances, these man-children were bound and determined to have their little 8220hoo-ah-er than thou8221 way. And, they got it, much to our ensuing disadvantage. We really should have adopted something on the order of the British .280 for the individual weapon, and gone with something a bit heavier for the GPMG support weapon, perhaps something akin to the Swedish 8mm machinegun cartridge. The mix that we wound up with, the 5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO cartridges are unfortunately distributed in capability far differently than would be the ideal, something we8217re learning the hard over the last few years. Whether or not that will sink in, we8217ll have to see. The M14 enthusiasts are, in my mind, a bunch of childish manques. We did what they wanted to do, back at the dawn of the NATO alliance, and it didn8217t work. The cartridge they wanted for the individual weapon was too heavy, uncontrollable on full-auto, and yet too light for long-range anti-material and penetration of cover. That entire concept failed in Vietnam, but instead of admitting they were wrong, they forced through an entirely unproven new idea called SCHV. God knows how much better off we might be had they had the humility to admit that they were wrong about 7.62mm NATO, and gone back to the .280 British, finally admitting that the experiences of war meant what they meant. I met an old-school Infantry officer at a dining-in. His grandson was a captain in the Engineers, and while we were standing around doing the usual meet-and-greet there at the beginning, he and I got to talking. He8217d been involved on the periphery of the caliber trials back in the 1950s. Interesting thing was, he was a combat-promoted officer who8217d been in the ASTP, and then transferred to Northern Europe as a replacement. He later made a career out of the Army, serving in Korea and the very beginning of Vietnam. His only comment about the whole caliber controversy 8220Well, the Camp Perry boys wanted a rifle they could compete at the matches with, and they got it82308221. Asked him to elaborate, and about all I could get out of him was that a lot of the irrationality that we see looking back about the whole issue stemmed from one thing, and one thing only: The people who8217d gravitated towards running the small arms programs were all enthusiastic competitors for the games we played at the National Matches, and almost none of the men who8217d had real combat experience in WWII were allowed any say, whatsoever. The men who8217d had to deal with the StG44MG42 combination in Northern Europe came away with a strong desire for a similar family of weapons, but they were unable to even get a solid hearing when it came time to choose the new caliber and weapon. It was interesting talking to him8211He was the only guy I ever met who was a strong firearms enthusiast in the Army, and who thought that the NRACamp PerryNational Match community was an inimical influence. Given the history since the period we chose the 7.62mm NATO, I hate to say I think I8217m coming around to his opinion. Gamesmanship apparently trumped experience, at least from his perspective, and I can see the outline of his point, when I review the history. Which is probably a good argument for making damn sure your games that you play have fidelity with the real world. Unfortunately, the Camp Perry community didn8217t maintain contact with real-world combat conditions, and that fact has had a ripple effect down through time. the gravel bellies at Camp Perry have at many times been a set back. The size and shape of the M40A3 is a great example. USMC rifle teams shooters selected that McMillian stock because of its comfort when laying prone and shooting small groups. Having no idea what it would be like crawling through mud or over urban windo frames and crawling through atics. Same with the fixed 10x scopes on guns in the 80s.-90s. I used to shoot service rifle and high power, but a lot of those guys confuse that with real world use The Old M14 Boys Club is a perfect example of this line of thinking, You can tell how on the money you are, by how pissed they get and start with the personal insults. Those 8220gravel bellies8221 were primarily responsible for the M16a2. Was that a great leap backward from the M16a1 In a lot of ways, yes. The A2 had overly-complex rear sights, a too-long buttstock, a truly idiotic three-round burst mechanism that was inimical to consistent trigger pull, a barrel whose profile made no damn sense, and zero real improvement to things like the bolt carrier. There8217s a lot that could have been done, in that era, which was ignored. There8217s a whole Army white paper discussing why the Army shouldn8217t adopt the A2, and I have to agree with a lot of what they were saying. The only real improvements that I find on the A2 were the flash suppressor, the front sight post, handguards, and stronger butt stock materials. Everything else was a waste of time and money. What they could have done What they should have done How about a rotary hammer-forged barrel, like the Canadians put on their version Better materials and coatings for the bolt carrier and bolt Improved features for ambidextrous use A better system for sling mounting Hell, why couldn8217t they have integrated decent night sights into the weapon, like the Galil or Valmet had back in the 19708217s Any of that would have been of more utility to combat soldiers, as opposed to target shooters. The sling mounts alone, for God8217s sake8230 Who the hell has the time to get into a sling-lock in the middle of a firefight It8217s a nice-to-have feature on a rifle you8217re using in a DMR role, but for a combat soldier Useless8211Give him something like the British three-point L85 sling, and call it good. They also should have put a collapsible stock on the damn thing, back when they made the A2, just like the Canadians did with the C7A2. That makes the weapon so much easier to get in and out of vehicles that it8217s not even funny, and allows for use with heavy winter gear and body armor8211Both things we knew were an issue, even back then. No, the M16A2 was not much of an improvement on the A1. About all it really amounted to was a refresh of the fleet, for the Army. Frankly, looking back on it, about all I would have taken from the A2 were those things I named earlier as actual improvements. yes ,Brad, mostly it was. No one was happy with the A2 but those Marines who wanted to see their bullseye scores go up have a target sight and a longer stock for prone. that is what they got. I personally like the A2, but its not better than the A1 in every possible way. I think the 17 twist was a leap forward. I think a slightly heavier barrel was a good idea, though poorly done on the A2. I like the two different rear sight sizes. but I don8217t think that target sight got used too much in a real fight you are asking that question to a guy who shoots rack grade A2s out to 1,000 yards using the irons sights fairly often. Tapi. I do not think that makes it a handier rifle than the A1 in every possible way. I think your desire to find convenient villains for the story of American small arms is the wrong path. That way leads to the dumbness of James Fallows, and believe me you don8217t want to accidently find yourself sharing his camp. The main problem with American military small arms is they have always been a sideshow. Between WWI and WWII the Army was tiny, barely paid, and sitting on a mountain of small arms left over from WWI mobilization. That the Army ended up fighting in WWII with something as good as the M1 rifle is a minor miracle. After WWII the Army again demobilized. And when the Korean War turned the Cold War hot, the Army was focused on higher priority topics than small arms. Weapons that could make all the difference in the new era, such as guided missiles and nuclear weapons. Is it such a surprise that Army small arms policy then seems so mediocre to us today And what if the Army had gone with the far-sighted thinkers in 1952, paid whatever it cost, and we ended up with something like a functional T25 in the British .280 caliber. Would that really have been better Would we be in a better place today if we had The fact is smaller caliber rifles are really all about better control of hand-held full auto fire, and not about weight. The far sighted thinkers of that day, who also promoted replacement of the M14 by the XM16E1, believed in attrition warfare and spray and pray fire by barely trained conscript riflemen. (A doctrine shared by the Soviets) We tried attrition warfare in Vietnam, and all it generated was lots of American casualties without producing any victory. Yet beginning in the 19808217s those 8216gravel bellies8217 (which some commenters hold such contempt for) began to push back with the M16a2 and re-emphasizing accurate semi-auto fire. The post-Vietnam volunteer US Military began to emphasize training more than ever before during peacetime, even for the poor bloody infantry. An emphasis on training and aimed fire which directly led to optical sights for US military rifles. In my opinion, the desire for a universal automatic infantry rifle, whether it was the Soviet AK, the American M14, or the Colt AR-15 was a mistaken dead end, a dead end which did not properly account for the complexity of small arms mixtures within contemporary infantry formations. A complexity which began in WWI and fully flowered by WWII. It8217s almost as if some 8216thinkers8217 pined away for the old Napoleon era of combat when infantry were practically interchangeable the world over and only armed with the bayonet fitted musket, a weapon system in use for 150 years. I have to ask you this, Brad8211Do you have any experience as a soldiermarine, or are you someone whose sole experience is as a civilian small arms enthusiast And, I don8217t mean to denigrate you if you don8217t have a military background, at all8211It8217s just that we who have spent decades hauling these weapons around, training with them, and taking them to war have a much different perspective on the various issues. Your last two paragraphs are what make me wonder if you8217ve ever been on the pointy end of the stick, because you8217re really distorting the reality of the situation with regards to the way we trained. The Army never emphasized full-auto fire with the M16 during my entire career, which went from 1982 to 2007. I can8217t think of more than one or two occasions where I actually fired the weapon on full-auto during a range session, and those occasions only came about because some knuckle-dragging Neanderthaler like myself though it might be a good idea to give the troops a feel for what full-auto or burst really felt like, before they had to find out on the job, so to speak. The thing is, fully automatic fire is one of those things that you need to have, but only in major emergencies. Wanat, for example. Read the after-action reviews on that little cluster-fk, and you get a good feel for why that position is still on the switch. Same-same with trying to break contact in a jungle, or any one of the multiple other situations where full-auto is a literal life-saver. Sometimes, aimed semi-auto is just not enough, or even effective. You guys who8217ve never been out there just don8217t get how firefights actually work. Winning one has just as much to do with achieving mental dominance over the enemy as it does with actually killing them. If your volume of fire is too low, they don8217t get discouraged and turn and run, even if you8217re killing them in job lots. Why Because they don8217t 8220get8221 that they8217re losing, especially in compartmented terrain. There are a couple of Vietnam vets who took silenced Swedish 8220K8221 submachineguns into combat in Vietnam and who came back swearing never to do it again. Why Because suppressive fire that isn8217t accompanied by signature isn8217t really that suppressive. When you get into a firefight, sometimes the difference between winning and losing is strictly based on the intimidation effect of volume of fire, and not its effectiveness. Nobody is going to get up to charge through a unit that8217s putting out bullets like there8217s no tomorrow coming, even if they8217re not hitting anything on your side. That8217s just a fact of life in combat. On the flip side, if you8217re only hearingseeing a couple of rounds come back at you, you tend to discount the threat those guys are putting out, even if every round they8217re firing is killing one of your comrades. Combat is probably more mental than physical, in some ways. Convince the enemy that you8217re dangerous, and they8217ll leave you alone, Convince your own troops that you8217re dominating the firefight, and they won8217t break and run. Do the opposite, and instead of leaving you the hell alone, they8217ll try to overrun your position, and maybe your own troops will break and run, even if they8217re veterans. A lot of people discount the fact that the reason we like guns that make a lot of noise is as much a morale thing as anything else. Anyone who has been on the receiving end of MG42 fire will tell you that the experience is unforgettable, assuming you live to remember it. Sometimes, it8217s a mixed bag8211I remember when we took on some Force XXI guys in order to provide them with a training opportunity. From dusk of one summer night to dawn the following morning, we suffered something like 80 losses. And, yet8230 Never during the night did the traditional panic reaction you really want to cause in the enemy under those circumstances arise, simply because what they were doing was not intimidating enough, in some respects. The Force XXI guys had every man in their platoon operating with a set of night vision goggles, infrared laser pointers on their rifles, and full-up comms for every man. There were a few thermal sights in there, too. For them, it was like shooting fish in a barrel8211They literally just walked around the battalion defense we put together, found the defensive positions and then just sniped our asses with aimed single shots. Until you8217ve been on the receiving end of people with infrared pointers and night vision goggles while you barely have any night vision equipment, you just don8217t get it. We couldn8217t even see where they were, or determine where the shots were coming from. Of course, once they ran out of battery power and laagered up for daylight, we found them and our survivors basically just overran them. Thing is, the essential element of defeating the enemy, which is engendering panic, never happened happened to us. Had they inflicted those losses on us via a traditional human-wave ChineseVietnamese style mass attack, I don8217t think we8217d have been in mental shape to even think. The lack of mass, the lack of firepower, and the way that we were just being sniped to death while not being able to inflict a single casualty on the people that were doing it to us was just something that pissed us off. We knew there weren8217t that many of them, and we knew that once we had daylight, they were done. So, we waited, absorbed the casualties, and then utterly crushed them when we got the light to do it. Combat is a funny, funny thing8211Sometimes, it just doesn8217t work the way you think it will. Other times, it8217s sadly stereotypic. Kirk if your service began in 1982, then obviously you were part of the revamped volunteer post-Vietnam Army. An army with entirely new focus on improved training thanks in part to efforts of men like General DePuy. I would be very surprised if your rifle training resembled that of a Vietnam era conscript, the infamous 8216grunts8217 of Vietnam. The doctrine supporting the M16 when first adapted was that a mass conscript force could not be trained to exploit the accuracy of an ordinary rifle, because the Army did not have the time or resources to train accurate shooters. Riflemen with the M16 were expected to just blast away on full-auto. The studies of that era are full of such talk. Brad. you know nothing about what you8217re talking about. The Trainfire crap I went through in the 1980s was virtually identical to the training they gave the guys going to Vietnam. The manual I was trained out of was unchanged from the Vietnam era. Hell, if anything, they dumbed the training down for us, and cut whole swathes of stuff out of what they gave the Vietnam-era troops. You8217ve read too many bullshit 8220Vietnam memoirs8221, and don8217t know squat about the actual history. I8217ve dug into this crap going back to the 1950s, and I8217ve got the majority of the manuals covering the training that was actually done, plus a lot of the actual training material kept by instructors of that era. Hopefully, it8217s all still intact and not water-damaged. You think you know what you8217re talking about, but all you8217re doing is recapping all the bullshit passed down by generations of people who didn8217t know what the hell they were talking about, either. The blather you8217re passing on about Vietnam-era soldiers being trained to 8220blast away8221 on full-auto is pretty much complete fantasy. That may have been a practice once in-country, in response to conditions where the enemy was virtually invisible, but it was most emphatically not what the training base was teaching them to do before going overseas. The qualification courses fired by Vietnam-era troops were virtually identical to the ones I fired for the vast majority of my career, right down to the type of target and range. If you8217d have spent a year or two on active duty, you8217d bloody well know this. Actually, Vietnam era soldiers learned on bullseye ranges or on Trainfire once it came in (starting, IIRC, 1966). Marines learned on the KD range exactly like today. Either in infantry training or in in-country training they got exposure to what was the latest in point-fire technique, Quick Kill. None of this involved spraying on full-auto. One of my biggest beefs with Big Green training is that nobody teaches (even now) the pros, cons, and limits of auto fire. You8217ve got to go to something like SFAUC to pick that up, which locks out 97 of the Army, or learn it in your unit, if your unit figures it out. For example, not too long ago we covered the limits of sustained auto fire on the M16M4 platform, and the mayhem that ensues if you exceed them. Last night I looked at the M14 -10 technical manual and found that it had even stricter limits than the M16 on sustained fire. Finally8230 an old saying of mine is that 8220If you look like a tank on a combined arms battlefield they will treat you like a tank,8221 meaning an ATGM or tank main gun is coming your way. If you try to sustain fire from a single position in infantry combat, any sentient enemy will not you acting like a crew-served weapon, and target crew-served weapons on you. This is not conducive to long life and health (in World War I, it may have been a doughboytommypoiluLandser legend, but every set of grunts had the same saying, 8220The life expectancy of a machine gunner is82308221 with a ridiculously short number like 7 seconds. That8217s because bored artillerymen would amuse themselves by dropping large quantities of HE on the gun in question, and enemy MGs would begin talking to it. I8217ll have to go digging into storage, Hognose, but Trainfire came in roughly around 1956, not 821766. The KD ranges were a part of BRM, just like it was for my generation. We still qualified on the 40-round pop-up target range, just like the guys in the late Vietnam era did. Or, at least, the ones I knew, who8217d gone through Fort Leonard Wood. I8217m trying to remember when they changed the BRM programs for Basic Training, and I think it was the late 1980s or early 1990s. I know the troops quit showing up in that era with any knowledge at all about what a bullet g oing overhead sounded like, because I was on the ranges with a couple of them back around then when we discovered that range control had failed to connect the dots when it came to where we were working and where the surface danger zone was for one of the MG ranges at Yakima. We started having rounds come downrange with us, and the majority of the new troops were standing around going 8220What8217s that funny sound82308221 while the rest of us were crawling under the trucks8230 Spend a couple of days pulling targets for the KD range, and you KNOW what bullets going overhead sound like, if nothing else. Still think they should have kept that training going, if only for that reason. Hognose8211Without digging through the mass of crap I put together over the years, I went looking online for Trainfire dates. Bottom of page A-7, I found where they talk about Trainfire. The date the first manual was published on it was 1957, and there were two different ones out there8211FM 23-71 and -72. The -71 was for the rifle, I8217m assuming for the M1, and the -72 was for the carbine. This goes back to before the timeframe I8217ve got stuff for. The entire DTIC report looks interesting, and I8217ll have to read through it for what else may be interesting. I think the M16 marksmanship training in Basic was pretty much the same from the late 1960s to at least the mid-1980s. If you go look at the FM 23-9 from 1966, it is not that different from the 1974 edition, which was in force until 1989. FM23-9, XM16E1 Rifle Marksmanship, 1966: FM23-71 M14Rifle Marksmanship, 1964: Brad8217s basic contention that the Vietnam guys were somehow less trained than we were later on is pretty much refuted by a linear examination of these manuals. The 821766 version of the M16 manual references the M14 manual for course of fire, which was virtually the same for the two weapons in that era, and then lays out the qualification standards. If anything, Vietnam-era soldiers got more detailed training than my generation did, which isn8217t surprising8211They were going to war straight after basic and AIT, and a lot of the excuses they used on us, like 8220You8217ll get that at permanent party82308221 were just not on. Somewhere, I8217ve got the notes and training guides they were using on Fort Lewis for all the pre-deployment training they were doing at North Fort, back in the day. That was the final jumping-off point for a lot of Soldiers, and they ran jungle orientation courses up on the bluffs above the Puget Sound, slightly south of Steilacoom. I found a footlocker of that stuff out at one of the surplus stores back in the 1980s, and it was interesting to go through it. Bunch of otherwise undocumented stuff that ties in with some of what LTC Herbert and Hackworth were talking about when they discussed inspecting training back here in the states. Anybody who tries to tell you that the typical Vietnam-era soldier was a victim of inadequate training ought to read through that stuff8211While there may have been cases and units where the training wasn8217t what it should have been, the institution was trying hard, and at least some organizations and people were getting good training. You walk those bluffs out over the sound and wander around all the old ranges they were using, and it8217s very impressive. Having done that, I really have to wonder about what the hell the real truth was about the state of training back in those days. In some respects, the information and artifacts I8217ve seen lead me to believe that it may have been better that what we were doing in the 8220good old days8221 from my period of service. Then, I hear from actual vets stuff that is just appalling about how poorly they were prepared, and I have to wonder which set of facts is 8220the truth8221. The reality likely is that there were some people who got good training and preparation, and then there were others who got screwed. The question is, what was the proportion yes Brad I second Kirk8217s question. I also would like to know just how familiar you are with the Service Rifle High Power community and the average thought process they have with military small arms. your romanticizing of the old square range KD shooters over the guys who use the stuff to kill, is odd. I have been around them my entire life and i would not let any of them decide the type of rifle I might have to go fight with they are one of the reasons the absurd M14 is still being pushed. they pushed the M40A3 which few wanted to carry while they had to crawl though the weeds wearing a ghillie, They brought up fixed 10x sniper scopes. They think up some real doozies. Because its sooo comfy when laying prone on a fresh mowed KD range on a cool fall morning. service rifle shooters very rarely combat weapon innovators. get over it. they come up with fine target and competition rifles, innovate accurate ammo and are fine athletes. but its best they dont have too much say on what the guys out in the field have to carry. Good points. If you read the Army8217s 8220musketry8221 manual by Oliver Prescott Robinson (available on Google Books), published just before we entered WW1, you will see that the expectation was that the individual soldier, guided by his platoon leader, would engage the enemy with aimed fire at 500 yards. I still think that they had in mind fighting Comanche Indians on the Texas prairie. I think the Boer War had more influence than the Indian wars. And, if you were fighting on a battlefield where machineguns and automatic fire wasn8217t a major issue, they weren8217t that far off the mark for 8220what worked8221. The issues with that style of fighting not working started arising about the time that things like the French quick-firing 75mm cannon and machineguns became common, along with innovations like using barbed wire for combat field fortifications. The real root problem is that the thinking of that era did not take into account the amount of innovation and change that was going on. I don8217t have a major problem with things like that Robinson manual. The state of the art was changing so rapidly in the era from about 1890 to 1914 that I can8217t quite bring myself to blame the people running the various armies for not being adapted to WWI conditions before the war. The Russo-Japanese War showed the way, but one example in a far-off theater isn8217t going to serve as a warning sign, particularly when the two opponents fighting it aren8217t well-reputed. However, after WWI There was no damn excuse. The lessons were there for the taking, you just needed to have the self-awareness and honesty to acknowledge them. You can argue budget and attention all you like, but then you have to tell me why it was that there were people in every army who were prescient and honest enough to point out that the emperor was wearing no clothes, yet who were ignored in every army but the German and Soviet ones And, hell, even with those two, it was probably only the hard lessons of WWII that brought home the need to overcome the self-delusional notions that many of the authorities still maintained. What really aggravates me, looking back over the histories of these things, small arms and minor tactics, is how many lives we expended uselessly due to the inability to learn lessons that experience was plainly laying before us. We finally issued the rifle we should have fought WWI with in the 1960s, and then promptly found out that the nature of war had changed so much that it was completely untenable as an issued weapon. If people had been paying attention, however We might not have lost so many good men in WWII, Korea, or the early days of Vietnam. Hell, just as an example: Why in the hell did it take us until the late 1950s to realize that it might be a good idea to produce and issue a ready-made fougasse, like the Claymore Is there anything in that weapon that we couldn8217t have been making and issuing in the 1920s, for God8217s sake How many lives would the Claymore have saved, in the Pacific theater during WWII, for example You look back at things like that, and you just have to shake your head. You know that thing where you can8217t tell if someone is actually serious about their position or is just doing a parody to mock said position That8217s how I am seeing these pro M-14 posts here. I can8217t tell if they are serious or just messing with us. no kdding. Poe8217s Law I believe it is called its like reading some liberal saying they want to murder kids because you like guns, and guns kill kids I am soooooo glad I disable comments on my article. Weapons man has more balls than me When the Taliban started sniping out our boys from 600 yards away with WWI era British .3038217s we found out that a unit with nothing but 5.56 weapons couldn8217t effectively counter that. So, the army scrambled to find, wait for it 8211 M148217s. For the designated 8220marksman8221 program. Seems that .308 was superior to the M16M4 when it came to putting a projectile out to those distances with any effect. Oh yeah, and they wanted a 8220marksman8221 to do that too. Guess that concept isn8217t entirely outmoded either. When your enemy doesn8217t want to fight your 8220modern8221 war it kind of messes things up. I have 4 AR-158217s. They are fun to shoot compared to my Garand(s) and M1A. But somehow I think there isn8217t anything they can do (ignoring select-fire and even 3 round 8220bursts8221) that I can8217t do with the M1A. And that if I started off at one end of a large industrial building with 20 rounds against somebody else on the other end with an M4 and 30 rounds that I would be at a distinct dis-advantage. I think I actually would have the advantage. If you want to argue that the 3 round burst gives my opponent the advantage then give me the M14. I can shoot 3 round bursts with it too. There is no perfect weapon. The M4 is not one, nor is ANY weapon ever used by any army. But the idea that the M4 is so obviously superior to the M14 was put to bed when the Army had to scramble to find M148217s for the DM program. Many of your facts, well, aren8217t facts. 8220Taliban sniping our boys from 600 yards with .303s82308221 Didn8217t happen. In 2001 and still today, Taliban and HIG (etc). are armed with Soviet pattern weapons. 7.62 x 39 AKs. The 600 yard threat is not a .303, but a PKM. 8220The Army scrambled to find M14s.8221 Didn8217t happen. The Army knew where the M14s were for the EBR program, all 8,500 of them 8212 in Army storage. The EBR, after Rock Island (the real arsenal, not some civilians pilfering the name) is supposed to come out as a 1.5 MOA rifle minimum, and they8217ve averaged below 1 MOA, but they don8217t stay that way indefinitely in the field. It8217s permanent employment for Rock Island refreshing them after tours. The Army built the EBRs not because they8217re better than SR25s but because they8217re much much cheaper. The Army already owns the guns and they can go through, give 8217em the national match treatment, and accessorize each one for And, let8217s not forget the fact that had the idiots not insisted on the 7.62mm NATO in the first place, we8217d have an individual weapon cartridge that has far more potential at the named problem range than the 5.56mm NATO we are currently issuing, and wouldn8217t need to be pulling the M14 out of storage in the first place. Whatever we8217d have adopted to fire the .280 British would likely still be on general issue, and fully refined, to boot. Maybe a Stoner AR-something design Wouldn8217t that be nice, a built-to-purpose weapon firing a cartridge that just about everyone now admits is the ballistic ideal for intermediate cartridges The .280 British has a better ballistic coefficient than the 7.62, and in some loadings, actually maintains more energy at long range than the 7.62mm NATO. So, yeah8230 If they8217d have kept their toys restricted to the games they were playing, we8217d have all been a hell of a lot better off, and retained a bunch more money in the Treasury. The more I hear from these unreconstructed mental deficients, the angrier I get. Sure, now we8217re pulling the M14 out of storage, but the only damn reason we8217re doing it is because their shortsighted gamesmanship is what forced us into adopting the caliber we did in the first place. And, let8217s be blunt: The Camp Perry National Matches are so far behind the times when it comes to what their original intent was that it8217s not even funny. The NRA and the folks who started that program out were intending to help foster marksmanship for wartime use. Instead, it turned into a game that has very limited application to the world of modern combat. If they had maintained fidelity to what we are actually doing in combat, Camp Perry would more resemble a three-gun match than the esoteric little paper-punching joyfest that it8217s become. And, frankly, the influence these people have wielded has been entirely inimical. The M16A2 is what it is mainly because the Marine Corps gravel-bellies wanted to turn a good assault rifle into a target gun, and the Army just went along for the ride. Whether you8217re talking the fiddly overly-adjustable rear sights. the longer stock, or any of the other 8220improvements8221 they came up with, the intent wasn8217t to make a better combat rifle, but a better target rifle. Arrant idiocy. What just aggravates the hell out of me is that these clowns pretend that they have relevancy, and the fact is, they don8217t. Combat marksmanship has more to do with finding and ranging the target, and weapons-handling skills than it does with pure target shooting. We train people to hit targets in an artificial combat environment, and then wonder why the hell they get killed at close quarters, when they try to do a speed reload they were never trained the proper technique for. Hell, some Marine infantry units never trained on that sort of shooting, at all. Disbelieve me Take the time to read this thread, over at M4Carbine, and then ask yourself how much good Camp Perry-style paper-punching did this Marine: The Army had to run people through the Close Quarters Marksmanship training classes before they went into Iraq, when that sort of thing should have been integrated into training from the beginning. It8217s absolutely criminal, when you get down to it. I learned more about keeping myself alive in combat from word-of-mouth lore and teachings I picked up from the Vietnam veterans that were running the show when I enlisted back in the 1980s than I ever did from the formally run and managed training programs that the institution put into the manuals. When they ran my unit through the Close Quarters stuff, there wasn8217t a damn thing in that training that I hadn8217t already been taught back when I was a Private. What was different was that instead of me getting in trouble for passing that stuff on, as happened in the 1990s, they had civilian trainers they were spending huge amounts of money on, doing the training at the last minute out in the Kuwaiti desert. Go figure. So, yeah8230 Here8217s a hearty and sarcastic 8220Thank YOU8221 from me to all the soi-disant gravel bellies that brought us the 7.62mm NATO and the M14. You successfully procured the perfect rifle for us to fight WWI with, some forty-odd years after we needed it. I8217d rather say something far more profane, but this isn8217t my blog. What we should have had was a family of cartridges and weapons that actually match and support the way we fight: A true intermediate cartridge that is both controllable on full-auto and able to retain enough energy out at the far end of its range envelope of 600 to 800 meters to be effective, and a full-power machinegun cartridge that we can rely on out to about 1500 meters. Neither of the cartridges we defaulted ourselves into thanks to these idiots really support what we8217re doing in the fight, these days. The 5.56mm NATO is too light for what it8217s role has become, and so is the 7.62mm NATO. We8217d have been a lot better off if we8217d have adopted the .280 British for the individual weapons, and kept the old .30821106 for the machineguns and DMRsniper roles. Ideally, we8217d have come up with something in between that and the .338 Lapua, though. Hognose I8217m glad you finally brought the EBR into the discussion. I really think that the M14 is the awkward child produced in a broken home where two parents were always fighting. It stretched to be all things that both sides wanted, but ultimately doesn8217t do any thing particularly well. In its day, the FAL, G3, and M14 were the individual services rifles representing the NATO forces standing up the Communists. Obviously, we already know this. However, I find them all to be roughly equivalent in their intended use. They each have features unique to their design, however the common feature, the 7.62 NATO, is where they all show weakness. The FAL, and the CETMEG3 were originally designed for intermediate cartridges. Their designs were stretched to accommodate the new standard round. Now the issues surrounding the cartridge have been covered, but I believe that all would agree that 7.62 in a rifle platform where light weight is the emphasis, means for short service lives on operating parts. Stories are common of worn out Argentinian FALs detonating in the hands of troops in the Falklands, probably more exaggeration, but I believe there are durability issues in all these platforms. The M21 from all I8217ve read is a poor sniper weapon, but I feel we8217ve moved on to better options anyway. I feel the M14 DMR is a product of our times, we had a stock pile of these weapons, that when upgraded were able to fill a need. Would MK178217s have been a better alternative, I believe yes, however M148217s could be fielded faster and for lower cost at the time, because we already owned them. Why let them sit on shelves Wear8217em out, and replace them with something better. I am not discouraged by any of these articles from owning My M14 clone rifles, but they also aren8217t the only rifles I own. If I have to hump my own ammo and equipment, I will take my Recce-type AR with MK262 Mod 1 spec ammo, over my M1A in a SAGE chassis. But it is comforting to have a 7.62 for hard cover and vehicles. I accept the M14 for what it is, I recognize its faults, but its still a damn fun rifle to own and shoot. Quite a sensible set of points, Joe. I8217ve shot the M21 and when it was all we had we loved it. The M24 was a great leap forward in gun (and scope) uptime and maintainability and durability, all of which are issues in the real world. We didn8217t really trust a gas gun again until Crane showed us the Mk11. In the real world, your sniper weapon may deploy around the world in its case on a pallet that falls off the end of a K-loader. Or plunges into a valley on a jingle truck and has to be recovered from the wreckage thereof. The US insisted that the 7.62 NATO be ballistically identical to the retiring .30-06, and in ball rounds, it basically was. I8217ve fired all those guns (plus the original AR-10) on full auto, and none of them is really controllable the FA setting is basically useless. The AR-10 was the best of them at that, but it8217s not what they8217re good at and every army emphasized aimed fire, some to the extent of locking out or deleting the FA switch, like the US and the UK (note also that there8217s a switch lockout for the M16 that some civilian agencies and foreign military sales customers have applied). The Thompson shows its century-old roots but you can hold it on target because it8217s heavy, has a lower recoil impulse than a rifle cartridge, and has a slow rate of fire. It8217s not especially accurate in semi, like any open-bolt gun. But it was a revelation to its original users, and it8217s still popular with collectors today. They DID PULL M14s out of storage. I was there when they were handing them out to battalion. We had trouble with the 556 round punching through the brick walls. And yes they were using M14 to snipe at longer distances. They were heavier but not heavier than an M4 loaded down. After I became a fan of the M14- If we could have been supplied with Springfield Socoms that would be a game changer, 16 inch barrel, and not as much punch as before. Over the past 10-15 years it has had some tremendous improvements. Springfield was about to dive into major improvements when they lost their contract. The M4 had TREMENDOUS problems over there dont kid yourself. I saw them first hand, half of our troops hated that gun. And as far as sniping at 600 meters. That round starts to 8220wobble8221 after 250-300 meters. I am not completely in love with M14 but they performed beuatifully over there. And their Scout and Socom models are much much improved. So speak the truth bobble head8230 8220And that if I started off at one end of a large industrial building with 20 rounds against somebody else on the other end with an M4 and 30 rounds that I would be at a distinct dis-advantage. I think I actually would have the advantage.8221 Good thing we don8217t fight wars by having individual infantryman square off against each other at opposite ends of an industrial building. This goes back the 8220myth of the rifleman8221 that was discussed before. While having your rifleman shoot well is a good thing it is important to realize that both they and their rifle are cogs in a larger machine consisting of everything from M-16s to GPMGs to heavy artillery and beyond. As for fighting mano a mano in abandoned buildings, my money is on the guy with the better training, not the 8220better8221 rifle. Actually 8220if I started off8230 against somebody else8221 sounds more like a committed player of first-person shooter games, doesn8217t it Sorry, never played any video games like that, too old I guess. But I have shot hi-power matches with my Garand (no, I8217m not good enough to be anywhere near the top 8211 maybe 350 out of 500 with a dozen or so X8217s). With open sights of course on a 200 yd range with the prone targets downsized to approximate a 600 yd shot. Again, there is no perfect weapon. My complaint is really against the 5.56. If the M4 in 5.56 is so great why did the Army pull the M148217s out of storage for the DM program. Couldn8217t the 8220marksmen8221 use M48217s We evidently know the answer to that. So in that instance at least the M-14 or another .308 weapon was superior. As for your other complaints with my narrative, why are your 8220facts8221 better All I know about it is what I read (including on forums like this). Can you point me to a definitive source for the genesis of the DM program ps: I8217ve seen a fair number of stories with pictures of Afghans with all sorts of weapons, including Brit bolt-action rifles. The British were in Afghanistan long before and a lot longer than the Soviets. yea Kyber pass garbage British weapons, that they carried but probably did not ever use since the GWOT began. I have seen pictures of them with Martini8217s you think they got a big supply of 577 or 310 over there, Scott please leave wonder land and come back to reality. no one is questioning your manhood or shooting skill because you like the M14 Oh, okay, I8217ll believe your pictures over my experience. On the ground. In the place. Suuuure. Guys, anybody take a Lee Enfield off an actual dead TB As opposed to having one turned in, or finding one in a cache with a bunch of other obsolete junk Mind you, I did bring back an Enfield from Afghanistan, but it was a rifle-musket made in the 1850s, and was not what the TB were shooting at us. The Afghan insurgents were not armed with anything but Soviet pattern weapons, including 7.62 x 39 rifles, 7.62 x 54R machine guns, and RPGs, and a variety of mostly Chinese made rockets and recoilless rifles. So, we didn8217t need the DM program with a .308 weapon We could have just called in artillery or air-strikes. So why didn8217t we do that Why did the Army feel it necessary to use the awful M-14 The Army had a set of Rules of Engagement forced on it that essentially destroyed the system they relied on in combat, reducing it to fighting it out with small arms. As such, the M16 5.56mm weapons were outranged by the PKM-armed insurgents. The problem is that despite the fact that we don8217t tend to think of things this way, the small arms we issue are integrated into everything we do. 5.5.6mm is just fine, so long as the artillery, mortars, air support, and everything else is there. About all you8217re really going to use 5.5.6mm for is self-defense during the close-in fight, and the closing moments of the assault. For those tasks, it8217s perfectly adequate. The issue comes in where you take away all those other support weapons, and try to rely solely on small arms fires. Under normal circumstances, if I start taking fire from somewhere outside my small arms fire envelope, my next step is to call for fire and blast that location off the the map. When ROE takes that capability away from me, that8217s when I start discovering that my 5.56mm weapons have issues. Modern infantry combat isn8217t so much a matching of small arms against small arms8211If you8217re doing it that way, you8217re wrong. Modern infantry combat is more about getting your forward observers and tactical air control people up close to the enemy, and keeping them alive while your indirect fire support does your work for you. The prediction made a few years ago that things were trending towards making every infantry unit like the SOG recon teams in Vietnam is actually happening, although its not quite all the way there yet. We8217re pushing fire control further and further down the chain, these days. Where once you had indirect fire authority on the company level, there are some units where they8217ve actually pushed it down to the squad level8211Which is mind-boggling by classical WWII-era thought on the matter. The real issues with our small arms systems in Afghanistan are that we8217ve stripped away vast swathes of the supporting arms those weapons were intended to be integrated with. Which, in my mind, indicates a flawed process in our doctrinal thinking. With a little bit of forethought, anyone looking at those ROE should have been able to easily discern that there were going to be problems, and I think every one of us who did minor tactics for a living saw that coming a mile off. Trouble was, the JAG types don8217t grasp how combat works, or why taking indirect fire authority and availability away from the lower level units makes such a big damn difference. Friend of mine spent a lot of time working in all the rural areas around Kandahar, the ones that gave the Canadians so many fits. For him, he damn near had to go up to the people he wanted to target with indirect fires, and hand them a questionnaire: 8220Are you, or have you ever been a member of the Taliban Are you firing on American troops out of a desire to harm them and overthrow the legitimate elected government of Afghanistan, or are you merely expressing joy through rifle fire at their presence8221. Under the current ROE, yeah8230 The small arms we8217re issuing are inadequate, but that8217s something that could be fixed with a stroke of a pen. Don8217t want to change the ROE Then, we need different weapons. Something that should have been recognized in doctrine before we made the ROE changes, but that8217s the way it goes when you don8217t have a good concept of how we fight that8217s been indoctrinated in everyone making the decisions. You8217d be astounded at how ignorant a lot of the JAG types really are. But the military thought the M-14 was necessary, go figure. Guess they needed another cog in the larger machine, since the other cog couldn8217t do the job. I laugh out loud. no joke when people throw up the idiotic claim that the M4 or 556 can not make hits at 600 and beyond. Like it takes a 30 caliber round to do that. I guess maybe people get individual marksmanship skill confused with a weapons ability irony here is the the guys above talking about what a great long range gun the M14 is while defending the KD boys and their M14, while the AR15 and the 556 beats the panties off the M14 at Perry year after year after year after year, I8217ve never shot at Camp Perry. Do they shoot 600 yard courses there I asked you for a definitive source on the genesis of the DM program. That would include why the Army chose to put M-148217s back in the field. Obviously for some reason they did. Even though it is such an awful weapon. If not because of Brit .3038217s then because of your PKM8217s. Thank you for not answering my question and admission that all I know about that decision is what I read, and for the assertion that I8217m asking you to take what I8217ve seen on the internet OVER what YOU experienced on the ground. I did not do that. Also, thanks for the smear that I8217m Adam Lanza playing video games. Bottom line is the military thought the M14 was needed over the M16M4. I can only suppose that is because it has more punch at a longer range. Kirk above says 8211 8220About all youre really going to use 5.5.6mm for is self-defense during the close-in fight, and the closing moments of the assault8221. Ok, go slam him. As for looser rounds below, I never claimed you couldn8217t hit or kill anything at 600 yds with a 5.56. Sure you can. But the military thought the .308 M-14 was a better choice 8211 see Kirks8217 comment above. People can call him an idiot too I guess now. As for wining matches, well I could do better too with the lighter kick of the M16M4. But I don8217t think they shoot 600 yd courses even at Camp Perry. Regardless, it was in Afghan that the military chose to bring back the M-14. So, either they were wrong 8211 and it wasn8217t necessary 8211 8220marksmen8221 with scoped M48217s could have handled the job, or the M-14 has an advantage there. And that advantage is more punch at longer ranges. I haven8217t seen anything here to refute that. Scot, your reading comprehension needs some work. You completely missed the point that I was making, in that the 5.56mm weapons are perfectly adequate, so long as the supporting arms are there. And, that8217s where that line of mine you quote comes in8211All we8217re calling on individual weapons to do, in normal circumstances, is the close-in fight. Take away the ability to call in fires, and you ought to plan for the fact that our weapons systems are not well-suited for a purely small-arms fight. Normally, if I8217m taking fire from a machine gun that8217s out past my individual small arms range, I8217m going to use my organic mortars or call for either artillery or air support to turn that position into a cloud of dust. Take away my indirect fire I8217m screwed, because the weapons you gave me aren8217t quite up to the task. At 500-600m, the 5.56mm is right at the ragged outer edge of its performance envelope, especially out of an M4 carbine. Yeah, I probably have a couple of guys who can hit with that thing at that range, but the problem becomes what effect that projectile has at that range. Generally, you8217ve bled off enough energy that you8217re not going to take the enemy out of the fight instantly, so you need more hits, which aren8217t that easy to produce. God help you if they are under some kind of cover, as well8211I8217ve heard a lot of complaints from friends of mine that the 5.56mm doesn8217t do that well against men screened even by light brush at those ranges. Bringing back the M14 had a lot more to do with misguided enthusiasm than anything else. I was there when the second Stryker brigade to go to Iraq was ramping up, and there was a lot of enthusiasm with the guys over there for the M14 being brought back. They went over to Mosul with a bunch of them, I think like at least one per squad in the infantry outfits. By the time they came back, most of that enthusiasm was gone, and nobody wanted to carry one as an individual weapon. The commanders started bucking for something like an AR-10 or a Stoner 25. I think they really wanted the M110, to be honest. Rood problem with the M14 is that it is not a modern weapon. It8217s a fussy little toy, requiring a massive investment in support by the using units. When you have to send the damn things back to Rock Island after every deployment, that, my friend, is what a normal person would call a 8220clue8221. Most of the enthusiasm for the M14 when I was still in came from people who didn8217t know any better, and who just wanted a 7.62mm NATO individual weapon. After having been told that the only thing on offer was an M14, and getting some experience with it, quite a few of them basically said 8220screw this8221, and went back to the M16 family, even for the DMR role. The M14 was a bad rifle, especially considering all the money and effort that8217s been lavished on it, over the years. Its really sad that so many have bought into the cult, but that8217s what it is: An irrational, faith-based cult. If the weapon was as good as everyone says it was, someone else besides us would have bought the damn thing. The fact that nobody did ought to be taken as a sign that there8217s something profoundly flawed, there. Hell, the UK needed a 7.62mm NATO rifle, and what did they do Did they go to the Taiwanese, and offer to buy their stocks out of storage Did they try to get any from the US Nope8211They went with an LMT AR-10 design, and are reportedly quite happy with it. As cheap as the Ministry of Defense has gotten, these last few years, I think that they would have gladly bought surplus M14s, instead of spending the money on new-production weapons. The fact that they chose the LMT Might be a bit of a clue. From what I remember, I think Troy was offering them an upgrade kit for the M14 when they ran the competition that resulted in the LMT weapon getting the nod. No Kirk, I can read. 8220if the supporting arms are there8221 8211 then the 5.56 is 8220adequate8217. If they aren8217t then it is NOT (or MAY be not depending on the circumstances). A .308 (or something more potent than the 5.56) was needed. That, if YOU read my post was the point 8211 I said my main complaint was with the 5.56. I8217ve never made any claim that only the .308 M14 would fit the bill. A man I work with and for was in Nam with Marine Recon in 65-6 for 19 months (3 purple hearts, 3 helicopter crashes, 100 service disability due to taking a round in his foot 8211 thru the side of the helicopter 8211 point is I believe what he says). He carried a 14. Never a M16 but relates at least 1 story of a unit coming back in and the NCO throwing the 168217s at the feet of the CO saying he would never use them again. Pat relates a story of having his 14 stomped into the mud, washing it off in the rice paddie and returning to the firefight. And he says he has a confirmed kill in excess of 500 yards with it. And never had it serviced. Maybe he had a rifle built on a Tuesday, maybe in general the 148217s weren8217t the weapon they coulda shoulda been, but the .308 packs more punch at longer ranges. And in Afghanistan we find out that the 5.56 doesn8217t do the job the .308 can do. I always love when people try to base their argument off of one man who they say is Special Operations. Why did SOF abandon the M14 so fast for the M16. You say things like getting outshot with .303s in Afghanistan. Not understanding that we are getting outshot not on the rifle level, but on the machine gun level. You can state the 5.56 is the inadequate in long range combat with Afghanistan. But even the units that have M14s, aren8217t seeing some magical success with them. The vast majority of your work is going to be done by your belt fed machine guns, mortars and artyair. As a guy who was issued one in the Stan, owns one personally, and has more experience with them then the vast majority of the military, it8217s a gun that needs to go away. It8217s a gun that was outclassed at its start of its life. I would take my MK12 back well before I ever take any 14 for any long distance shooting in the Stan. Yeah, did you ever see a bad guy with a .303 In 2002 and 2003, there weren8217t any .303s except in caches without ammo, or in the hands of civilians who were not shooting at anybody, but still had grandad8217s old gun (and, usually, no cartridges). If they were shooting at people, they got AKs. Never even saw any thing other than Warsaw pact style weapons except those single shot hunting shotguns. And the only thing we got ever engaged with was either rockets or machine guns past 1500 meters. We had good leadership so can say did not have the usual Afghan deployment. Most of our kills came from the last two weapons you would expect to be racking up kills in the Stan. This is my reply to Kirk8217s reply upthread. Kirk said, 8220The contention of yours that the Marines have somehow chosen to eschew fully-automatic fire within the squad is what Im getting at. The last few versions of the Marine marksmanship manual still have full-auto as a part of the training regime, and offer pointers to its use with the M16A2 and M4 Carbine. Then, theres the M27 IAR, which is for all intents and purposes, a product-improved M16. In other words, your idea that the Marines have somehow left behind full-auto on their individual weapons is wrong on so many very different levels. Yes, it is not emphasized, and the preferred mode of fire is aimed semi-auto, but it is still there for emergency use.8221 Let me disabuse you of several misconceptions you have made. I never claimed nor do I believe 8220the Marines have somehow chosen to eschew fully-automatic fire within the squad8221. I claim the USMC emphasize semi-auto fire from M16 armed riflemen. Which is why the M16a2 eliminated the full-auto selection, and why the replacement for the M16a2, the M16a4 still doesn8217t have full-auto capability. It wouldn8217t surprise me if the remaining burst fire selection was a throwaway gesture because the Marines couldn8217t get away with reverting all the way back to a semi-auto only rifle. Of course automatic fire is vital to the infantry, and vital to the USMC all the way down to the fire-team level. For the USMC they believe, and I agree, that full-auto fire within the fire team should be provided by a man dedicated to the task and using a weapon specialized for the task. I think all this arguing about rifles and the anger level it seems to bring out is hilarious. Rifles aren8217t very important and haven8217t been since WWI. The real firepower of infantry and the real mobility tradeoffs have nothing to do with rifles and everything to do with organic supporting arms. That8217s one reason why I think a smaller caliber for squad or fire-team automatic weapons is an excellent idea, even if the caliber is as small as 5.45mm, though I tend to favor 7.6221539 for that role. I just want to post my thanks to our generous host. Thank you for letting me, an internet nobody, participate in this interesting discussion. Your courtesy and common sense are invaluable. It8217s been really interesting to follow the progress of the USMC IAR program, which led to the adaption of the M27 IAR. I8217m particularly amused by the conspiracy theory which claims the USMC schemed to bypass normal procurement, and the M27 result was just a backdoor way for the USMC to field a replacement for the M4 Quite a feat considering all the contestants participating in the IAR program and the transparency with which the USMC ran the program. From my reading the, Marines seemed particularly influenced by the battle for Fallujah and the problems the M249 SAW had in keeping up with riflemen during close assault. That experience also seemed to influence the size requirements for the IAR, as the Marines wanted an automatic weapon more maneuverable in the confines of urban terrain. One thing the battle of Fallujah didn8217t seem to influence A desire by the Marines to restore full-auto fire capability to M16 armed members of the fire-team. How about that. One thing the battle of Fallujah didnt seem to influence A desire by the Marines to restore full-auto fire capability to M16 armed members of the fire-team. How about that. Funny thing, that8230 You8217re rather ignoring the fact that they likewise didn8217t take the opportunity to completely delete that burst feature, either. Which is sorta odd, considering the effect it has on randomizing the trigger pull, which you8217d think they8217d have wanted to eliminate if they really believed in the idea of always firing on semi-auto8230 Y8217know, I8217ve heard so many tales of how good the M14 and M60 were from Vietnam veterans, and how bad the M16 was that I can only laugh at them. They8217re just not credible8211Especially since my own personal experiences spread over twenty-five years of service with those weapons were so diametrically opposite. Not just a little different, totally different. When I joined the Army in 1982, I expected to find that the M16 was a piece of junk, and that the M60 was going to be my lifesaver as a combat soldier. Took me two years to realize that the 8220received wisdom8221 of my elders was full of it, and that if I wanted to survive as a machinegunner and still provide fire support to my unit, I8217d better plan on mugging a German or some other poor sod for their weapon, instead. About the only thing I think I wouldn8217t have looted was that equally miserable AAT-52 the French were handing out. MG3 L7 MAG58 Yeah, don8217t leave one of them laying around unattended, or you were going to wake up to find my M60 dropped off like some demented fairy was leaving a changeling in your fighting position. That gun never lived up to even a little bit of the reputation that it was supposed to have, according to all my Vietnam-era mentors. Why is it that so many people had such different experiences of the same weapons You tell me. All I know is that I spent a considerable amount of my time as an armorer, gunner, and leader trying to keep that miserable abortion of a machinegun operational, and found very few, if any, real reliability problems with the M16 family. People I know and rely on who took the M14 off to war with the Stryker brigades all reported disappointment with the weapons, and lousy performance. I8217d willingly ascribe that to the weapon being out of the system, and not having personnel familiar with it still around, but the fact remains: The weapon did not perform per its vaunted reputation for them. If it was as good as the true believers say it was, it should have done just fine, but the damn things were finicky as hell, and not at all well-liked by the end-users. Everyone who took one over in 2005-06 that I knew didn8217t want to take one again, and were, to a man, agitating for something else, anything else, in 7.62mm NATO. The M14 coming back into use wasn8217t because of any particular virtues it possessed as a weapon, but because it was the only thing out there for us in 7.62mm NATO. We wanted the cartridge, not the weapon. Saying that we pulled them out of mothballs to go to war with by choice Disingenuous, at best, and an outright lie at worst. I know what I experienced and saw. Someone tells me the M60 and the M14 were wonderful weapons, and I immediately put the person telling me that into a category I8217d charitably describe as 8220at least somewhat delusional and misinformed8221. The Vietnam vets who speak so fondly of the M60 aren8217t even aware, much of the time, just how much work went into keeping what was essentially a disposable gun in service. Those of us who experienced the M60 as a weapon that didn8217t get exchanged for new every time we put it to heavy use know full well what an utterly deficient weapon it really was. The M60 in Vietnam enjoyed a level of support so lavish that it boggles my later Cold War-era mind8211They were doing a direct exchange on those guns just about every time they came in from the field, in at least a couple of units. I have that bit of info straight from a former small arms maintenance warrant officer who spent most of his war in Vietnam fighting a never-ending battle to keep his unit8217s weapons operational. In his memory, there were more than a few occasions where they had to fly parts in from the states on emergency orders in order to keep them going. After Vietnam, that level of support went away, and the weapon showed its true colors. I had 9 M60s, 20-odd M203s, and roughtly 130 M16A1 rifles in my arms room, along with a set of 90mm M67 recoilless rifles, one M1911A1, and an M2HB. Care to guess which weapon system took up 90 of my maintenance efforts, just to keep the damn things running It wasn8217t the much-maligned M16s, I8217ll tell you that much8211It was, rather, the vaunted, much-loved 8220Pig8221 of the Vietnam-era veterans, the M60. Mine spent more time in 3rd Shop having the receiver rivets restaked than they did firing. Every time I issued them out for actual use, either with blanks or with live ammo, I could count on at least 3 of the 9 needing to go back in because the rivets holding the receivers together had loosened up enough to notice. Or, the welds would have cracks in them. It was always something, with those damn guns. And, I can tell you this much: It wasn8217t because they were 8220old and worn-out8221, either. I pulled a brand-new example out of factory wrappings when I arrived in Germany in 1984. We went to the range one time with that gun, and because we had the only competent armorer in the battalion, our 9 guns wound up qualifying every gunner across the unit. My M60 probably fired somewhere around 10-15,000 rounds during that exercise, and we lavished them with meticulous care, paying careful attention to rates of fire and letting them cool. The guns were not abused, and we even extended the range over an extra day to make sure we weren8217t abusing the damn things. We returned to garrison, and immediately had to send five of the nine guns we had to the people at third shop. Three were coded out, as having receiver wear beyond repairable limits. Mine was one. Later in my career, I did the same thing with an M240, taking it out of the factory packaging. Rough round count on that gun, after two trips to Iraq God knows, but it was a hell of a lot more than 15,000 rounds. We did that many rounds just in training before they left for Iraq, with that weapon. Last time I did the arms room inspection as the Brigade S2, I was careful to take a long, hard look at that specific gun: Other than exterior receiver finish wear, the thing looked like it did when I took it out of the packaging some three-four years earlier. None of the interior mechanical surfaces showed discernible wear issues, or even much sign the gun had been fired extensively. By that point in the life of an M60, I8217d have found so much peening on the sear, operating rod, and interior bolt track that the weapon would likely have already been coded out. So, yeah8230 Cite someone8217s Vietnam experience to me, and I8217m probably going to smile, giggle a little bit, and ignore it. It8217s not relevant, in terms of knowing anything about the merits of a particular weapon system. There are, believe it or not, still Vietnam-era M16s in use by Karen insurgents in Burma, right beside AK47s. Those guns haven8217t seen the inside of a service depot since the 1970s, at the latest. Are there any M14s in similar use You8217d think there might be, given that its such a great weapon, and the M16 is such a piece of trash, right Right The weapon people are defending here had such a short service life that it borders on criminal, when you consider the money expended by the Treasury on it. It went into service in 1957, and by 1962, they were already planning on replacing it for a whole host of reasons. The M14 program was so flawed that it took down the entire agency that designed and produced it, and people are still defending it as some kind of lost uber-weapon. It was not, is not, and never will be more than a highly flawed footnote in the history of small arms design. There isn8217t a single mechanical design feature on the M14 that has been copied by anyone else, while the Armalite and Kalishnikov weapons that were its competitors have spawned entire families of weapons emulating their design features. Go down the ranks of modern weapons design, and look for a single one that has the entry 8220Based on the M1482308221. They8217re all going to say 8220based on the AR188221 8220based on the AR-108221, or 8220based on the AK478221. The M14 was a dinosaur, and the last of its line. That fact alone ought to tell you all you need to know about the merits of the weapon itself. If it was all that the M14 fanatics insist that it was, someone would have created weapons incorporating design features from it. Did anyone do such a thing Nope. Do note that there isn8217t a single such weapon on general military issue out there, anywhere. Although, I suppose that while you could argue that the Ruger AC556-series weapons are descendants of the M14, I8217d also have to point out that nobody has been stupid enough to type-classify the things for military use in any major army, anywhere in the world. Police and civilian use, a good deal of which is based on the Ruger product8217s lack of a 8220threatening military appearance8221, would not be a good argument to say that the M14 design 8220legacy8221 lives in military service. The M14 was a piece of shoddy design, foisted off on the Army and Marine Corps by a highly flawed agency that was entrusted with replacing the M1. It is a sad footnote of folly in small arms history, no more, no less. Deal with it. A couple of points: Any 60 you unwrapped in the 80s or 90s is likelier to have been an arsenal rebuild. I don8217t know about 60s, but a dirty little secret of arsenal rebuilt M16s and M4s is, they do meet specs but when new the guns exceeded the specs by a wide margin. So a rebuilt is seldom as good as a factory new gun (both factory and arsenal produce the occasional perfect example and the occasional complete lemon). The Ruger Mini-14 has never been as accurate or as reliable as the AR platform. It sells based on its styling. I was amazed to see a million French cops carrying them (complete with M1 Carbine style slingoiler arrangements). The French bought them based on the styling, to replace carbines. Hognose, trust me on this8211I know what a depot-level rebuild looks like. God knows, I8217ve put enough of the damn things back into service, over the years. The gun I8217m talking about was a brand-new, virgo-intacta factory-fresh and completely unsullied by hand of private example, still in the sealed vapor-barrier packaging it left SACO-Maremont in back in the late 1960s. Our armorer was told that he8217d gotten lucky, because they were clearing some prepo stocks out up in Holland, and this gun was from there. None of the post-Vietnam mods had been applied, and the markings were all pristine and of the correct era, with no sign of the depot stampings they put on the guns when they rebuilt them. It was a bona-fide Vietnam-era gun, without doubt. And it managed one field exercise in the 1980s, around 15,000 rounds, and a bunch of blanks before it had to be coded the hell out. Yeah, Vietnam-era weapons fans, tell me again how great those things were, and how horrible the M16 was. I don8217t particularly like the M16, but at least I8217m honest enough to recognize the implications of my personal experience with the weapons I was issued. The more I hear from the M14 fanatics, the less seriously I take them. They8217re reflexively defending the undefendable, a weapon that would have never made it past its first field tests in a sane world. And you are absolutely correct8211The Ruger weapons sell almost entirely because of styling, a criteria I always look at before choosing a weapon8230 Not. Blown away. The comments above are fantastic. Very informative. A couple of questions from a guy who has zero personal military experience: Why do we avoid the 7.6221539 rifles such as the AK47 or the CZ58 for our infantry I realize that the coefficient is lacking at greater ranges, but as was mentioned above several times, if the battlefield is shrinking for most confrontations, would this larger .30 caliber bullet be of value To me (a nobody), I agree that .556 is insufficient and the M14 is a bit large for the task. So with proper supportive full auto machine gun support and also DMR support the AK style rifles provide durability and value with the increased stopping power8230. Seems logical. Brad, the reasons behind avoiding a true intermediate cartridge solution are pretty much lost to history. We know what those guys were saying, what they wrote, but what they were really thinking Lost. Personally, I find a lot of common ground with the guys like Anthony Williams, a British guy who8217s written an awful lot about what he calls a 8220General Purpose Cartridge8221. He and Max Popenker have written a couple of good books about modern small arms, and he8217s run a website that makes good reading for many years. I really don8217t like the 5.56mm Small Caliber High Velocity concept. It places too much reliance on a bunch of highly iffy factors, like whether or not the projectile tumbles, how much velocity it retains, and I just don8217t like the low mass of the projectile it requires. But, I8217m going to be the first to tell you, I do not have anything other than gut feelings to back that up. It8217s entirely possible that the 5.56mm NATO is the best of all possible worlds. The problem is, we8217re missing that last hundred metes or so of data, to be able to tell that or not. Mostly because nobody is really trying to get the data. There is an awful lot we don8217t know about modern combat engagements. Nobody is going out to do post-battle data gathering to try and figure out if our weapons are working the way we think they are. We have lab tests for some things, but the fact is that the lab can8217t actually tell you much until you validate your testing regimes by comparing them to real-world results. For all I know, the 5.56mm may be the most effective cartridge ever. I can8217t prove that, however, nor can I prove that it8217s the worst. There8217s an intersection here, where the cartridge, weapon, environment, and the way that we8217re using the weapons tactically all meet. We don8217t know enough about that road, and what we do know stems from some awfully subjective data gathering. I spent time at the NTC, where the battlefield is quite literally wired for sound. If a vehicle fires a round, we know where it was fired from, what it was fired at, and how effective it was. You can replay battles fought there in real time, and analyze an awful lot of things, like how terrain masking allows you to miss movement of the enemy, and how the interaction of terrain, weapons, and tactics all interplay to produce victory or defeat. We8217ve been pulling data out of there for years, and its stood us in good stead with regards to armored combat. The problem we have with regards to small arms is that the data we need to gather isn8217t being gathered, nor is it being analyzed. We very badly need to be able to examine at least a couple of firefightsengagements from Afghanistan, and see what the hell is actually going on. Right now, we8217re relying on things like 8220I fired at X, and we didn8217t take any more fire from there82308221. We don8217t know why the hell the enemy quit firing from that position, nor do we know what weapon it was that actually had the effect on them. The battlefield is so subjective and confusing that you really can8217t tell from after-action reviews with the participants what the hell really happened. Let8217s say, for an example. that we examine a platoon ambushed by the Taliban. One squad says 8220We were taking fire from the building next to the road, at grid XX123456, so we returned fire and suppressed it with our M4s and M203s82308221. Only trouble is, that enemy position was actually silenced because the MG team from another squad engaged it from a location invisible to the first squad, and that8217s what forced the enemy to leave, not the return fire from the first squad8217s M4s and M203s. So, right there, you start to realize the problems inherent to deciding what weapons to emphasize. If you8217re the guy in the first squad, you think that the M4 and M203 does the job, and the guys from the other squad think that the MG teams are the solution. Interview them both, and you8217d just get horribly confused when you go to use that data. And, unless you8217ve got a good idea of just what the hell the actual sequence of events was8230 Good luck. And, then there8217s the fact that we8217re not looking at the results carefully, either. We should be actually going downrange and gathering some forensic evidence, as macabre as that may seem. Does the M855A1 actually work on people Was it the M855A1 fired from the M4s that did in the guys firing at us, or was it the 7.62mm NATO MG team Are those M855A1 rounds actually working in the field, per the design You really cant8217 get a good handle on this stuff without going out and looking at it, and we haven8217t been. You can look at the wounded enemy troops we gather up and provide medical care to, but who is actually looking at the dead ones, and looking at how the kill mechanism worked Anyone Nope, not so far as I can see, anyway. That 8220last ten yards8221 of information is what we8217re missing. We badly need to figure out a way to gather it up, and then work from there. I wish we8217d have figured out a way to wire a unit for sound, dedicated a UAV or two, and then observed them in action in Afghanistan, just so we8217d know. If people realized just how seat-of-the-pants a lot of our decisions about this stuff really are, they8217d be horrified. We actually base real-world decisions on weapons on 8220user surveys8221 taken from junior enlisted, most of whom really couldn8217t tell you jack squat even about the fights their squads were in, because they had a worms-eye view of the proceedings, and nobody bothered to verify the facts. My gut feelings are that we8217d be a lot better off with an individual weapon firing something like the British .280, loaded to the edge of being controllable on full-auto in the individual weapon, and then a bigger and more powerful round, somewhere between the 7.62mm NATO and the .338 Lapua Magnum round for our GPMG and sniper rifles. Good luck trying to prove that, though8230 Wanted to clarify that I am a different Brad from the one commenting in the earlier comments. I8217ll now identify myself as Bradley. Well8230 That8217s a bit of an embarrassment. If I offended anyone because I thought you two Brads were the same slightly schizophrenic person, my apologies. The commenting features on a lot of blog software just doesn8217t work for the sorts of conversations you get into on them. I didn8217t realize they8217d let two different people use the same ID name. To the system, the unique ID is the email. We don8217t share that publicly (or commenters would be fewer, I8217m sure). Hognose said, 8220Last night I looked at the M14 -10 technical manual and found that it had even stricter limits than the M16 on sustained fire.8221 Would you please post some of that information I would like to see how it compares to what was printed in FM 23-8. Komentar ditutup. About WeaponsMan WeaponsMan is a blog about weapons. Primarily ground combat weapons, primarily small arms and man-portable crew-served weapons. The site owner is a former Special Forces weapons man (MOS 18B, before the 18 series, 11B with Skill Qualification Indicator of S), and you can expect any guest columnists to be similarly qualified. Our focus is on weapons: their history, effects and employment. This is not your go-to place for gun laws or gun politics other people have that covered. Why WeaponsMan A lot of nonsense is written about weapons, especially on the Net. Rather than rail at the nonsense, we thought wed talk sense instead, and see how that catches on. Tulisan Terbaru
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