Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bostodelphia 21 Gun Salute to the Firearms of 2007 #20: M16

A modern icon, the M16 has been used by US armed forces since 1964.  What's there to be said that hasn't been already?  It's #2 on the list due to its active use in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it has spawned countless copies, myths, and legends in the past 40+ years.   An early reputation for misfires and jams reminds one of the ill thought-out Top 21 gun count here on this blog, which while interesting enough to remind us of the bizarro-world place that guns hold in our society became painfully long running.  A similar criticism to the M4 holds: with a military budget approaching $1 trillion, shouldn't the US soldier carry the very best rifle, not one that's merely good and that is superceded in many areas by other guns?


Anonymous said...

it would be ideal, but unfortunately the semi or fully automatic mikhail kalashnikov 1947 assault rifle will rein supreme until something better comes along that has a flawless design, its a short rifle, option of semi to fully automatic, high accuracy, and higher round count. oh and it also needs to be simple enough that a six year old can operate it.

Cheesesteak the Impaler said...

Anon, I think we got you covered.