Interestingly, not only was our current, super-efficient, streamlined, ever victorious and all conquering Department of Defense (Ahem; you guys know I’m not being serious there, right?And we still have it, 40 years after I joined the Army and more than 50 years after Robert Strange (I told you; you can’t make this crap up) Mc Namara ordered production of the M14 rifle stopped, thereby leaving little recourse to adoption of the M16 by the Army and Marine Corps. — is also even less capable than the full sized rifle. They may as well have killed it for its ridiculous weight — so heavy the Rangers have refused to take it on mission — and preposterous cost, at ,000 for the launcher and a round. We sneer at mere cost.” Yes, well, what a round meant is that they’d have been too expensive for the troops to train with, in maneuvering live fire, as units. I’m a retired infantry officer, lieutenant colonel, a recovering attorney, and a science fiction and military fiction writer for Baen Publishing and Castalia House. Think for a moment about another American classic, the Ford Edsel. But it didn’t belong with the Navy, which canceled its participation as soon as Mc Namara was safely out of the way.“Wow; that’s just like a real rifle, only smaller.” – Here, on the 40th anniversary of the month I enlisted into the Army, it seems apropos to note that the United States Army and Marine Corps are still carrying versions of the same rifle I was issued at Fort Polk, Louisiana, in 1974. But for combat performance, reliability, ease of maintenance? And the tumbling of the bullet in flesh, and some of the ghastly wounds inflicted, for both of which the M16 is famous, are largely functions of the bullet design, not of the rifle. The M16 was no great shakes, but the current Army version, the M4, while lighter and more compact than the M16 rifle I first carried — hence, just ever so cool, indeed, too cool for words, and what a fashion statement! has much higher rates of unintentional death from firearms compared to other countries. Access the data visualization here: It doesn’t have to be this way.
(Wanat, depending on whose story you read.) I’d call that ” de-evolution.” That said, even the full length M16, firing the 5.56mm, is hardly adequate to combat at some of the ranges experienced both in Afghanistan and Iraq. We’ve gotten dead ends, junk, and burdensome paperweights. Our soldiers both need and deserve something better than outdated and underperforming weapons. And they don’t need misconceived, overpriced junk that’s too heavy to port and too expensive to train with.
As first responders arrived at the scene, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The shooting prompted renewed debate about gun control in the United States, including proposals for making the background-check system universal, and for new federal and state gun legislation banning the sale and manufacture of certain types of semi-automatic firearms and magazines with more than ten rounds of ammunition.
This was the deadliest mass shooting at either a high school or grade school in U. history and the third-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U. A November 2013 report issued by the Connecticut State Attorney's office concluded that Lanza acted alone and planned his actions, but no evidence collected provided any indication as to why he did so, or why he targeted the school. Principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach were meeting with other faculty members when they heard, but did not recognize, gunshots.
When selecting a weapon for home defense you should consider the following factors: The weapon must be capable of stopping the threat, which is primarily a matter of caliber, assuming proper shot placement.
This is a very subjective topic and you will find as many opinions as you will find commentators.