posted on Oct, 14 2010 @ 09:43 PM
'Sorry if my first post makes me seem like an asshole, but a lot of people seem to be basing their judgments off of videogames, conjecture, or bad
history/discovery channel specials.' True. To fully understand this subject, many hours of study are needed. Skimming through a couple of articles
and playing call of duty doesn't qaulify.
'The most deadly/efficient rifle in the world today is indisputably the M16A2-A4 series and its cousin, the M4. It's ergonomic, very accurate,
light, accepts a wide range of optics and other "tacticool" gear.' This I must disagree with. The AKM assault rifle (which has been unchanged since
1959) is no heavier than the M-16, and it is actually shorter in length. It is fairly accurate too, if the weapon is kept in optimal condition, and
the shooter has experience with it. True, it is not as accurate as the M-16, because the barrel is shorter, as is the sight radius. Also, the bullets
are larger (more drag, and more recoil), and the long stroke gas system has a stronger recoil impulse than a direct impingement system. But it is not
nearly as innacurate as some people think. Modern versions accept the same optics and mods that the 16 does, with the additional advantages of being
much cheaper, simpler, more reliable, and more durable. It is produced in far higher numbers than the 16. The 7.62x39mm bullet has more momentum than
the 5.56x45mm (meaning it has more stoping power), and higher inertia (it is less easily deflected, giving it a superior hard barrier penetration
ability). Although I do concede that the M-16 has superior ergenomics, is more controllable on fully automatic, and is always wielded by superior
soldiers and marksmen.