Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: rural southwestern N.Y. State
I recall when it was nearly like that; when we all carried M1s and one guy had the heavy old BAR. Somehow. it was usually the lightest guy in the squad.
Then came the best rifle (IMO), the M14...the squad leader could have 1, 2, 3 or no equivalents to the BAR simply by selecting which M14 to switch over. With the M16, lighter cartriges did allow troops to carry more rounds.
From what I understand, the reason for the lighter guns, was to accommodate the small statured allies we had fighting alongside our troops. Early on, they started with the M1 carbines.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.. (Gen George S. Patton)
Last edited by ironglow; 09-30-2018 at 04:36 PM.