To: operation clinton cleanup
Yes you can carry more rounds of 5.56 than 7.62 ... but, if each soldier was a RIFLEMAN they would only need one or two rounds of 7.62 and not 10 rounds of 5.56.
Ramp up the M14 production lines!!!!! And bring back the M1 Garand as well ... infact bring back that "old stuff". John Browing was way ahead of his time.
posted on 01/11/2006 7:42:48 PM PST
(Do it to them, before they do it to you!)
Read the book "Mobility of a Nation" by the marine corps press and you can see why the concept of the M-16 was considered valid. the Ability of a soldier/marine to carry more rounds per combat load of equipment was the driving force behind the change. I believe in tests the M-16 with their ballistic pattern and "kill ratio" were similar to the 7.62m. Higher speed (FPS)of the M-16 round helped with the internal damage. However, I do know that I would rather carry the pig (M-60) over the M-249 and an M-14 over a M-16. weight was a factor in the choice of the 5.56m round but the ability of the 7.62 for penetration and damage per weight ratio is the best.
p.s. the logistics branch of the military has been providing some of the worst equipment on Americans ever since the Civil War (i.e. fns Italian battle rifle used during the 1898 Spanish war and the French machine gun during WWI)
posted on 01/11/2006 8:02:34 PM PST
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