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Posted: 4/8/2006 11:49:07 AM EDT
I've noticed that older semi-autos like the Garand, M1 Carbine and M14 all have thier bolts exposed. Whereas the new semiautos, AR15, 10/22 ect all have thier bolts inclosed. Are there technical differances, such as performance, between the exposed and enclosed bolt systems?

Link Posted: 4/8/2006 11:59:46 AM EDT
I think it's just the design. I trust my M1A and M1 Garand with my life just as much if not more than my M4gery even if the bolt is exposed. If properly maintained it shouldn't matter much
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 12:21:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Sd_Kfz_182:
I think it's just the design. I trust my M1A and M1 Garand with my life just as much if not more than my M4gery even if the bolt is exposed. If properly maintained it shouldn't matter much



+1

A better example of old vs. new is the sub machine gun. Open bolt Thompson or UZI vs closed bolt HK MP5 or UMP.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 12:26:14 PM EDT
You'd think that the enclosed bolts would have less of a chance of getting junk in them. Then again, once it does get in it's harder to get out.
Link Posted: 4/8/2006 12:50:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AgentFork:
You'd think that the enclosed bolts would have less of a chance of getting junk in them. Then again, once it does get in it's harder to get out.



It did seem to me that the exposed bolt rifles would get dirtier easier, but the Garand, M1 carbine and M14 are all battle proven and are super realible. So getting dirty doesn't seem to be an issure. They are easier to clean too.
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