HA! Well, it's nice to realize I am too young, for a change...
Yes, I hadn't considered the M-14...it had just been phased out when I did my service. My uncle carried it and said it was a great weapon...but he
also said something about it being too big for our ARVN friends.
As I recall, he said skilled marksmen with the M-14 were referred to as "gravel-bellies"...or maybe I got that somewhere else.
What you say about the M-14 sure sounds right, if my experience with the M-60
is anything similar; yes, I've seen guys crank off more than 3 rounds on auto while unsupported, but it takes a pretty good-sized man, and proper use
of the sling, to keep it close to target. And I think (I didn't look it up) that the 60 was heavier... .
And if the 60 is any comparison, then, yeah, auto fire would definitely hurt...
sorta' like my dad's old deer-rifle, only on auto.
After all the studies that have been done over the last half-century, involving rounds/kill ratio's, I wonder what they are thesedays?
in any case:
oh yeah...talk about being too young...I enlisted at 17 (parents permission) served my full 3 yr. enlistment as an artilleryman, including a 13 month
tour with a cav unit on the border in Germany, honorably discharged, and was still
too young to buy a legal beer in California...ah, irony...
[edit on 3/19/2006 by apocalypticon]