Originally Posted by goldenwings
Sorry guys--but as a combat infantry and recon Marine who saw heavy combat in my two tours in Vietnam, plus combat in Beirut, the Gulf, Somalia--the M16A1, A2, A3 and A4 did the job it was designed to do--kill and wound the bad guys I fired at.
Anything else is unimportant in regards to this or that---iThe A4 and M4 did the same for my son and his Marines in Iraq and Afgahistan--
Again, all else is unimportant in regards to the weapon and what it was designed for.
Gun enthusiasts, like most people on this forum, often forget one very important consideration when talking about military weapons, Wings. A battle rifle is precisely that, a weapon designed to be used by soldiers in combat, and thus the only true gage of its worth is whether or not it does that effectively. All weapons are compromises to one extent or another; we sacrifice one advantage in order to get another. I too found the M-16 very effective for its designed function, i.e., shooting at enemy soldiers at normal combat ranges. Would I choose it for competitive shooting at 1000 yard targets? Not hardly! But I would be happy to have it were I (God forbid!) in the Vietnam environment again.