Yes DR, I have read that topic/posts on your disdain for the M-16.
Is this a case of a cover-up or proof that the US is sending troops in ill-equipped? Perhaps...to a degree but does it really speak about possible
better proper training and adhering to guidelines set by the manufacturer of the weapon?
What I am trying to say is that maybe, just maybe, the problem lies in the maintaining of the weapon.
Before ANY patrol/movement with possible contact to the enemy you should
1) clean your weapon
2) do a function check on the same weapon.
Anything less is criminally negligent by any trooper, marine or NCO running them.
Perhaps the weapons were/are not defective--only the soldiers' maintenance of those weapons?
Jamming is just a term meaning the rifle would not work properly. Usually has to do with a feed problem. If the weapon is dirty at all, any problems
is has will be magnified.
The M-16, the SAW and the M-60 all must be cleaned and maintained after each use. Some of these weapons are from the Vietnam era and have multiple
sources of ware that will cause the weapons to fail if allowed to get dirty.
If you are in a non-direct combat unit, you are not focused on your weapon and don't have the experience of it jamming after an day of hard use.
Those weapons are reliable, but like any other mechanical object, they need to be maintained.
"Ash 'n Trash" units are notorious for neglecting their personal weapons. And this aplies to all their equipment. Their idea of the acronym PMCS
is not "Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services. They think it stands for"
I will and would bet that they were issued weapons that were rejects from an infantry unit. This is why the loss of the records is important to saving
Its blistering clear that the CO of that unit should be relieved of command!
It has also been well documented that there were problems with the M-16s during DESERT SHIELD, but it was because they weren't using the correct
lube. Once they started using the proper gun oil, the weapons worked fine, even when dirty. A common practice was to put a condom on the tip and a
strip of duct tape over the ejection port and they were good to go for any sandstorm.
The "records" at unit level would consist of a DD314 which only records the date of TM specified services and/or lubes performed and scheduled. With
weapons and other small items (masks, heaters, stoves, etc) many items can be recorded on the same DD314, i.e. 200 M16's would be one entry for an
I think this Army wife is asking legit questions...If I thought the Army was lying to me, you bet I would persue it.....