|Originally Posted By buckhorn_cortez:
Using a 50/50 mix of motor oil and ATF i have to say sand doesnt affect anything, while i havent been in the real sand box, i have burried my rifle in a sandbox and it came out shooting, did it each time after a new mag was put in the rifle and it fired 6 mags perfectly, i didnt go farther
There's HUGE difference between relatively large sand grains and the wind-driven, powder dust found in the Middle East that gets into everything, clogs everything, gums up everything, and generally makes life miserable. While I've never been deployed to the Middle East for military operations (I'm far too old for that) I do design things that are used there, and am familiar with equipment breakdowns due to nothing but LOTS of dust. For example, I had a vehicle with a secondary generator on-board where the generator stopped within 15 minutes because of the dust and required a totally redesigned air intake system to be able to function. The same on-board generator system in US testing never failed to work over a two year period.- therefore, it would work everywhere all of the time - right? Apparently, WRONG.
Burying your gun in sand only proves it worked one time when you unburied it and can't be extrapolated to overall performance under all conditions. That's why in the infamous M4 test, the testing included time in a dust booth that simulated dust conditions in the Middle East.
The dust in Iraq and to a lesser extent AFG is more like talcum powder than what you think of as sand. It will bring anything to a grinding fucking halt, even AKs. I have a friend who works at the ARL at Aberdeen. They actually import dust from Iraq and AFG for their testing. It destroys engines, rotor blades, filters, HVAC, weapons, your lungs, anything. I have had it get inside a ziplock bag that was sealed inside of a building. I shit you not.
Oh and, uh... If you throw around the term "sandbox" as a war reference and you've never been.... You sound like a douche. And don't say "downrange" either. Thank you.