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Tuesday, May 11, 2004
  I've always thought the AK a better general use weapon

The M-16 rifle suffers from the same maladies that several of the WWII German made weapons suffered from: The tolerances are too tight for battlefield conditions. The AK-47 rattles when you shake it!! But, it's also capable of firing after being dug out of the mud or after a dust storm. The M-16 is a more consistently accurate weapon, but it doesn't help to be accurate if it can't throw the projectile down range. The AK is sloppy. But it will consistently throw slugs down range. 30 semi-poorly placed slugs v 0. At least the 30 have a chance of ricocheting, but really, the AK is not that inaccurate, especially on semi. So, I take interest in the following via pandagon.net - half the age, twice the smart: This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow: May 09, 2004 - May 15, 2004 Archives:
"From the Senate hearing on Iraqi prisoner abuse, a few moments ago:
JAMES INHOFE (R-OK):

All kinds of accounts are coming out now, many are fictitious I would suggest, one was about a guy being dragged out of a barbershop, this was in the Washington Post this morning, they talked about the person doing this had AK47s...are our troops issued AK47s?

LT GEN LANCE SMITH: They are not, sir.

Hah! Gotcha, lying liberal media! Here's the article, which Inhofe has clearly proven to be factually flawed, right?

Not exactly.

BAQOUBA, Iraq (AP) An American soldier stands at the side of an Iraqi highway, puts his AK-47 on fully automatic and pulls the trigger.

--snip--

''We just do not have enough rifles to equip all of our soldiers. So in certain circumstances we allow soldiers to have an AK-47. They have to demonstrate some proficiency with the weapon ... demonstrate an ability to use it,'' said Lt. Col. Mark Young, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division."
And I think the AK's the better 'war' weapon. 
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