posted on Jul, 27 2006 @ 03:11 AM
Originally posted by Full_Auto77
Does the M-4 have the same problems as the M-16? Jams/must clean often/litte dirt makes the rifle not operate. Or is it superior to the M-16?
The M4 has the same habit of "crapping where it eats" like the M-16. It also has the same problems of having too many finnicky and edgy parts to
clean under field conditions. It has the increased problem of having a huge muzzle flash, but that is inherent to any short-barreled rifle.
A unique problem of the M4 is that the shorter barrel also requires a shorter gas tube. Since these gasses are leeched while they are having a greater
pressure than in a longer M-16 barrel, it puts more stress on the moving parts. This can also lead to extraction failures because the action starts to
cycle while the explosion pressure in the chamber still hasnt dropped to safe levels. Allegedly, the M4 is also more vulnerable to overheating than
the long rifle.
Originally posted by whokilledthekennedys
Good question. I would think that the carbine version doesn't have as many jamming problems with the shortened barrel. But other then the barrell
it's still the same so I think you'd ahve to keep that piece of crap spotless.
The barrel length itself has little to no influence on the reliability of a firearm.
I wouldn't be surprised if Matel went public and actually admitted they designed the rifle.
Weeelll... some of the best products of military usage werent produced by defense specialists.... for example the US landing boats by Higgins
Industries or the MG42, developed by the civilian toolmaking and lacquer company Grossfusswerke.