Re: M16 Revisited..... ( 1 )
Having been Navy, we were the last to give up the M-14. Our reserve EOD unit was finally issued M-4's. I like the light weight and the feel of the M-4 but what comes out of the muzzle is not very reassuring. Europes amswer to the M-14 is the FN- FAL. I will have to admit that it is the best handling rifle I have ever fired. Unfortunately it is no longer available in CA.
One of the reasons the M-16A2 has a heavier bullet with an incresed twist is because in the 80's, the Soviets aquired the ability to make Kevlar. They rapidly issued Kevlar vests to their troops in Afgahnistan and the new vests would stop the 55 Gr .223. It was howeve noticed that the 100 year old .303 Lee Enfields many of the Afgahns were using against the Soviets not only penatrated the new vest but had an exit hole out the back!
In the North Hollywood shootout, the police fell under the mousegun myth and went for the Bushmaster AR-15's when they borrowed weapons from a civilian gun shop. Had one cop gone for an M-1A, M-1, M1903, or any Ruger, Remmington, or Savage in a major caliber the shootout would have ended sooner than it did with both perps having exit holes in the back of thier body armor.