posted on Mar, 28 2008 @ 07:33 PM
Thanks for the comments, I agree 100%. Today I called the factory and then a gun store and went ahead and asked them to hold me one that they had in
stock. I am going to go down there tomorrow and put it on lay away.
In my experience .308 is the round to go with. When I was a corpsman stationed with an Infantry platoon with the Marine Corps, I got a real good look
at just what a .308 can do that a 223 will not do.
The current April 2008 issue of Guns and Weapons for Law Enforcement reviews a .308 AR style rifle from Patriot Arms. In the review, the author spends
a good deal of time coving the most recent shortcoming of the 5.56 round being used in Iraq. Insurgents have apparently been studying up on what
barricades work best against smaller calibers like the 5.56.
Concrete cinderblock walls are apparently offering good protection for the insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan from the smaller 5.56 caliber ammo. The
streets of these war zones are basically becoming an arms race of sorts where everyone keeps switching to larger calibers and using more and more
barricades and personal protection devices.
I say to heck with getting in the middle of that kind of limitations. I say trump them all and just go with .308. The round has more than proven
itself in those wars gone past. You have to remember that the .308 round is used on all kinds of very important weapons platforms from tanks to
helicopters. As well, the FN Fal (another 308 rifle) is considered to the true weapon of democracy because over 90 different countries adopted it for
use as their standard military battle rifle.
Even today, our government is using almost every single .308 M14 that our government ever made for use on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. As
it turns out, the M14 was the weapon that our troops should have stuck with. And as the Germans and the Americans learned in WW2, you really want your
troops to be equipped with both long range and short range weapons. The Germans issued their sub-machine guns and so did we. But the average American
in the Oh Crap scenario needs a weapons system and a caliber that does not limit his potential. In my view, a man guarding his family against many
unknown possibilities in a war zone like N.O. during Hurricane Katrina should look at weapons like the M14, DPMS Lr 308, and the FN Fal as their first
choice for oh crap weapons.
The 308 enables you to shoot straight through auto glass, concrete block structures, single sand bag walls, both sides of automobiles, standard body
armor, standard helmets, large trees, thin steel poles, and much, much more. The 308 round offers an individual solder or citizen to maximize his
combat effectiveness for range and penetration. Other rounds simply do not offer the same advantages verse their limitations.
The 308 round is here to stay in our military and other militaries around the world. In fact, it seems that our military is begging to switch more and
more back to the 308 verses other smaller calibers for a whole range of military applications. This is partly due to the increased usage of new faster
burning powers that enables a complete burn of all the powder in .308 ammunition in a barrel as short as only 18 inches. I believe that this is why
DPMS’s Supper Sass version of their 308 rifle only comes in an 18 inch barrel. Faster powders and shorter barrels equates to shorter weapons with
I believe that many people, military and civilian alike, are finding that the newer 308 weapons are perhaps the first weapons created that offers a
single individual the ability to adequately cover all possible combat engagements with only one rifle and caliber. From room clearing to designated
marksmen, an 18 inch barreled, accurate, .308, semi automatic firearm, like what DPMS has created, might just be the best of all worlds for the
battlefields of today and the future.