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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 9/6/2005 6:12:18 PM EDT
I tried searching but couldn't find the answer.

About what year did the military switch from 20 to 30 round mags?

Link Posted: 9/10/2005 4:22:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 4:31:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2005 4:31:59 PM EDT by txgp17]

1967 - 1970. The deficiencies discovered in previous years began do dissolve. 5.56mm ammunition was now loaded using different powders that produce much less residue in the gun action. The barrel, chamber and bolt of the rifles were chrome-lined to improve corrosion resistance. Cleaning kits were procured and issued to troops, and a special training programs were developed and conducted ever since. Earliest cleaning kits could be carried separate from rifle only, but since circa 1970 all M16A1 rifles were manufactured with the containment cavity in the buttstock, that held the cleaning kit. At the same time (circa 1970) the new 30 rounds magazines were introduced into service instead of the original 20 rounds ones, to equal Soviet and Chinese AK-47 assault rifles, which had 30-rounds magazines from the very beginning.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 4:36:53 PM EDT
Thanks, the reason I asked was because I noticed that the soldiers in Apocalypse Now were using 30 rounders. I was trying to figure out if this was an oversight.

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