Saturday, February 02, 2008

M-4 Takes On The Competition

There has been controversy surrounding the M-16/M-4/AR-15 since its first issue to our troops in Southeast Asia.

While there have been enhancements made in reliability and performance controversy still surrounds the direct gas impingement system.

That being said here is a wonderful article comparing the M-16/M-4/AR-15 families against current competition over at CdrSalamander's blog.

All of which performed better to Eugene Stoner's family of weapons.

For a counterpoint argument please see these articles.

Should you think I am some sort of HK fanboy wanna be uberl337 5up3r c0mm4nd0 please see this article; HK: Because you suck and we hate you.

My take on this controversy:

1)Replace the direct gas impingement upper with a gas piston upper. There are plenty to choose from
2)Keep the .223 caliber on most weapons currently in service.
3)Explore options for an optimal all around catridge which meets the best mix of the following; accurate, plenty of knock down power, range, controllability for follow up shots and weight.
4) Over time transition to a reliable, versatile platform which can be configured for multiple demanding situations.

Full Disclosure:

Every rifle I own is some version of .30 caliber; 7.62x51mm (.308 Winchester), 7.62x54R and 7.62x39mm. Each of these rifles also uses a gas piston rather than direct gas impingement with the exception of the Mosin Nagant which is bolt action. I own two products designed by a competitor in the linked article.

Hat tip to:
Tam at View From The Porch
Every mil and gun blogger who has jousted with this windmill

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