A fifth of soldiers report functional troubles with M4s


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JustinJ
June 8, 2011, 05:39 PM
" A December 2006 survey, conducted on behalf of the Army by CNA Corp., conducted over 2,600 interviews with Soldiers returning from combat duty. The M4 received a number of strong requests from M-16 users, who liked its smaller profile. Among M4 users, however, 19% of said they experienced stoppages in combat – and almost 20% of those said they were “unable to engage the target with that weapon during a significant portion of or the entire firefight after performing immediate or remedial action to clear the stoppage.”

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/the-usas-m4-carbine-controversy-03289/

I own several and like the AR but there is definitely room for improvement, in my opinion. I hope that doesnt make it okay to break HR rules and make personal attacks against me.

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Bartholomew Roberts
June 8, 2011, 05:55 PM
CNA isn't a corporation, it is the Center for Naval Analyses which conducted the survey. And since they did so in 2006, it has been discussed here in the following threads:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=371537
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=498723
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=492962
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=280630

Another good read on the survey (and the M4 generally) is the 2010 USNI Proceedings article here:
http://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/story.asp?STORY_ID=2439

And a link to the actual study:
http://images.military.com/pix/defensetech/cna_m4_study_d0015259_a2.pdf

And regarding stoppages, the CNA reported that reports of stoppages were 19% for both the M4 and M16. For comparison the other weapons in the study were the M9 (26% stoppages) and M249 (30% stoppages). Not suprisingly, the weapon with the highest satisfaction rating in the study was the M4.

GIJOEL
June 8, 2011, 06:10 PM
I would guess that most soliders don't really unerstand how to properly lube there weapon.

Sam Cade
June 8, 2011, 06:12 PM
For comparison the other weapons in the study were the M9 (26% stoppages)

I see that number and it is almost impossible for me to believe that.

ShroomFish
June 8, 2011, 06:16 PM
I see that number and it is almost impossible for me to believe that.
M9 are not combat worthy in extreme condition..

kis2
June 8, 2011, 06:19 PM
I forget who once said:

'Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is amazing, but what they hide is critical'

I always take my stats with a grain of salt. Although these look like pretty detailed reports.

briansmithwins
June 8, 2011, 06:20 PM
The weakest point of the M9 is the crap magazines that won the low bid. Any mag that has instructions on how to stretch the spring isn't any good.

BSW

Sam1911
June 8, 2011, 06:27 PM
Wait...so there's four other threads discussing this study regarding the M-16/M-4, but we're keeping this one alive to argue about the M9?

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