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Posted: 10/8/2007 5:19:09 AM EST
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Mike
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 5:23:27 AM EST
AK's are decent rifle and perfect for a conscript force
AR's are more ergonomicly sound and allow for quicker reloads and point more natural...


They both work for the intended purpose
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 5:35:46 AM EST
Let's just hope they maintain them better than I think they will. The M16 doesn't like to be neglected. They should give them the nickel plated, gas piston POF rifles that need very little maintenance. Hell, our guys should get those too.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 5:39:46 AM EST
First Flattop M16s, Probably give them ACOGS & Aimpoints next.
Lets hope all turns out ok over there & we do not end up on the receiving end!!
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 5:44:42 AM EST
oh man this is a bad idea..........
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 5:48:44 AM EST
I think AK's would do them just fine. Imagine how much cheaper it'd be to equip them with AK's also.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 1:28:02 PM EST
We would be securing them AKs anyway (on top of the handguns that we have provided), so I don't think that there is any more danger in supplying them these M16s.

It may leave room for US companies to provide them with service and support related to these weapons in the future.

That being the case, perhaps we should have talked the Iraqi forces into adopting the Israeli Galil.

The platform is closer to what they are used to using, and it would lead to a business relationship between Iraq and Israel.

Of course that probably would have been a hard sell, but I'm sure some govt minister could have been conned into it.



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