Originally Posted by Old_Crow
I think the white glove inspections were a cheap way to force us to disassemble the M-16 beyond a normal field strip. It was peacetime, we never fired the rifles enough to have any malfunctions. The only way to train us well enough to be able to repair the rifles in the field was to play games. We kept the rifles so clean we had to lubricate the rifles to actually fire them.
That's good leadership. Your rifle becomes a part of you. Cleaning it, and even repairing it is something you should be able to do blind folded.
My old D.I.s always said:"Take care of your weapon, and your weapon will take care of you."
BTW, C3 is spot on about the chrome lining in the bore and chamber. It's a shame they didn't figure out chrome until almost the end of the corrossive primer era.