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Originally posted by apocalypticon
For instance the Stoner Rifle, from which the M-16 was developed, was a highly innovative and effective weapon as brought forth by its designer. Problem was, Stoner was a civilian and not within the DOD's development establishment.
DOD didn't like the idea of not having input on the design so, to assuage their bureaucratic selves, they changed the powder component of the cartridges, a change which had disastrous effects for the weapons initial deployment.
Originally posted by HowlrunnerIV
I presume you guys have heard of an author by the name of Ralph Peters, ex-Colonel in teh US Army. Does pretty good fiction.