Originally Posted by JonM
none of it is true. its all internet mall ninja wishful thinking. actual tests by the dod proved that piston driven m16/ar15 are NOT more reliable than direct impinge driven m16/ar15. they are about the same. since di is cheaper to build and easier to maintain there will be no switch ever to piston driven m16 platform.
the m16 already has. the soviets are phasing out and have been phasing out the ak47 for a 5.45 cartridge since the 80's. the soviet military almost never totally shelves anything so it wiulll be quite a while before the ak47 totally leaves soviet service.
until someone invents a cheaper more compact lighter means of deleviring lethal energy to a target for war purposes the 5.56 m4 carbine is going to be in the hands of our troops
Well...I disagree with you on one point: the direct inf. Is NOT as reliable as the short stroke ga piston is.You don't believe it? Try to put a rifle with direct inf. into water, pull it out and try to shoot it.You can watch the receiver blowing up(exploding) because of the pressure.Try to do it with a short stroke gas piston...it will not happen.
In terms of reliability(from the best to the worst)
1)Long stroke gas system(AK like)
2)Short-stroke gas system(Sks, g36,HK 416,etc)
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