posted on Sep, 18 2003 @ 09:30 AM
As an veteran who has shot both the M-16 and M-14, I feel qualified in pointing out a few facts:
The M-16(A2) is a fine weapon, when it is properly taken care of. Unfortunately, this not only applies to the current user, but the previous owner(s)
as well. It is not uncommon to inherit a POS M-16 that some scumbag was issued and he never took care of it. Sometime no matter how much care you
give it, an M-16 can be totally screwed up by a previous owner. And say what you will, the M-16 needs TLC. Alot of it. Whenever you get a chance,
you should clean it and lube it completely. And don't use oil, that only invites the sand to get in there and stick. Use dry film
lubricant(graphite) instead of oil (like PLS or LSA) in the desert, and you gun will never jam. This was my experience in Saudi and Kuwait. The
result is a highly-accurate, lightweight weapon that will do OK in dry environments.
The M-14 is also a fine weapon (I qualified marksman with it), but it weighs a bloody ton, and also carries less ammo. It also cant hit shiite on
full-auto. But if you have the physical build of a football player and dont mind humping a 15 pound gun and another 5 pounds of ammo, go for it. The
thing is this: with most of our soldiers "riding" into combat these days via trucks, LAV's, M113's and M2's, the M-14 might not be such a bad
choice. However, if it were back in Nam and I had to hump in and hump out all month long, I'd be slinging a Colt M4.........