Guns Failed in the Afghan
We have mostly stayed out of the argument over Afghanistan, but this recent news of US weapons failures is a bit shocking. From the AP:
In the chaos of an early morning assault on a remote U.S. outpost in eastern Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Erich Phillips’ M4 carbine quit firing as militant forces surrounded the base. The machine gun he grabbed after tossing the rifle aside didn’t work either…Which raises the question: Eight years into the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, do U.S. armed forces have the best guns money can buy?
Guess who the Army blames:
Army officials say that when properly cleaned and maintained, the M4 is a quality weapon that can pump out more than 3,000 rounds before any failures occur.
Yeah, the troops’ fault. Maybe on occasion this is true, but seems we’ve been hearing tales of this nature since Vietnam, on the troubles with the M-16 and its modern derivatives like the M-4 carbine. Long past due for replacement IMHO, and I would suggest off the shelf, before we get another multi-billion dollar, decades long procurement program that will probably give us something worse than the current rifle.
Tip of the Hat to Eric L Palmer!