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Let me rephrase that. 6 years Infantry, 2 real world missions, Combat vet.
Afghanistan is not an ideal environment for the M-4 as I know personally and by all accounts Iraq is even worse.
I have seen the M-4, M-249 and 240 Bravo jam. They are great weapon systems but only with constant cleaning. In a combat environment these are risky weapon systems.
The soviet weapons are rugged, easy to use and cheap to produce.
The ammo is cheap as well.
The 5.56 round is a joke. Our military needs a rou More..nd with real knock down power but they decided decades ago that casualties were a better, costlier effect on the cold war enemy.
Try telling me or any other combat soldier who is about to enter a enemy A.O that a small round is better.
Good luck with that! Less..
If you are worried about knock-down power try the match grade 77grain 5.56 round. Very effective. Naturally the AK can shoot with almost zero maintenance. The M4 does require more intensive maintenance but is much more effective due to barrel thickness and max range. If I were in a CQB type fight then yes I would like to have an AK.
The M14 is now once again widely used in the Army amongst almost every Infantry Unit. The only disadvantages to the M14 is the weight of the rifle with its basic l More..oad. The other disadvantage is the length which greatly reduces its effectiveness in close quarters.
I agree that the military needs to seriously looks at its weapon systems and use advice from senior NCO's that have done multiple tours in intense combat environments such as dust and sand.
At no time in my 3 tours of combat have I ever felt that the 5.56 is insufficient. The round is great, the grain of the projectile just needs to be slightly heavier. Less..
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