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Posted: 12/21/2002 1:00:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2002 9:15:26 PM EDT by Graffiti]

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I found these pics on MSNBC website.
Is it normal to carry more than one rifle out in the field? Or is that his personal weapon (AR15)?
Link Posted: 12/21/2002 2:52:08 PM EDT
maybe it is another guy's rifle?
Link Posted: 12/21/2002 3:22:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/21/2002 3:55:46 PM EDT
The small rifle in his hands looks like a port firing rifle. Notice the lack of a stock, front sight, longer barrel than the M4, and the slab sided upper. The slung rifle is most likely his primary rifle. The one in his hands must have come out of an APC. His primary may have taken a dump and he has gone to plan B.
Link Posted: 12/21/2002 4:12:20 PM EDT
How do military folk go take dumps without their rifles with them?

Or maybe it's just us wierdo's who cradle AR's everywhere we go.
Link Posted: 12/21/2002 4:16:59 PM EDT

Is it normal to carry more than one rifle?


No. A Soldier is assigned one rifle to utilize.
Link Posted: 12/21/2002 6:41:19 PM EDT
Zero chance that he is holding the rifle while another guy takes a leak or some other lame explanation. It goes where you go, period. Most likely he is holding the rifle of a soldier who has been "killed" during the exercise.
Link Posted: 12/21/2002 7:04:19 PM EDT
One sad option is that in combat you lose a buddy, you don't leave the weapon on the ground for the bad guys.
Link Posted: 12/21/2002 7:11:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2002 7:12:12 PM EDT by MarkEOD]
Odds are that the soldier is using the M231 port firing weapon for "trench clearing". This weapon is open bolt. You can unload a 30 round mag in no time. The M231 is used in the M2 Bradley IFV.

Mark
Link Posted: 12/21/2002 9:14:26 PM EDT
Luckystiff and MarkEOD,

You are both right on, port firing weapon.

rifleshooter.com
Link Posted: 12/21/2002 9:18:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sesat_ram:
How do military folk go take dumps without their rifles with them?

Or maybe it's just us wierdo's who cradle AR's everywhere we go.




mine went with me wherever i went. taking dumps, pissing, eating.....hell, i even took it with me to shoot a few times!
Link Posted: 12/21/2002 11:28:28 PM EDT
Yeah, it's a M231 FPW. Could be he unscrewed it from the ball in the ramp prior to dismount so they could lower the ramp, and just decided to use it. Even without any sights, they're HOT! You burn through a mag mighty quick, but it can lay out some serious lead for suppression while it is going.

Ross
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