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M16 info dump

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Pigspitter, Jun 10, 2009.

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  1. Pigspitter

    Pigspitter Member

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    Hey, this is not a troll thread or an AR-AK debate thread. I just want to know everything I should know about the operation and maintenance of the M16A2 rifle. I want to get a step ahead for next year when I have to learn about the basic workings of the rifle.
     
  2. P.B.Walsh

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    You going to Paris Island? I am when I'm 19! :) I'm thinking the exact same thing (except I'm getting an A4, not a A2.
     
  3. Rubber_Duck

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    Have you checked out FM-23, the US Government's field manual for the M16? Lots of info there.
     
  4. P.B.Walsh

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    Can you buy the manuals? I could use one in the near future?
     
  5. Arbor

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    Buy one! It doesn't have to be anything fancy. Knowing your weapon could save your life, though. The AR15 controls are quite a bit different than other rifles, it takes a little getting used to.
     
  6. Pigspitter

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    I'm not going to Parris Island. I'm going into Army ROTC, so I'll be using an A2 while we do basic weapons familiarization and qualifications. I've read over the manual but I was wondering if THR had anything "special" to tell me.
     
  7. P.B.Walsh

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    Dosent matter where your going, I'm just glad your going, and good luck. :)
     
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    I've been asking friends/relatives if I can borrow one of their AR's so I can familiarize it and try to field strip blindfolded :confused:

    Recently I have been debating wether or not to enlist in the Army. But I have history of asthma (not afflicted by it anymore) and I need to get in better shape. So because of my medical history I am not sure if they will take me.

    It is important to know the weapon even before it is issued. Go to one of your local gun stores and ask one of the owner's/salesmen if you can work with it in store and see if they can give you any pointers.

    Good luck out there.
     
  10. GRIZ22

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    Recently I have been debating wether or not to enlist in the Army. But I have history of asthma (not afflicted by it anymore) and I need to get in better shape. So because of my medical history I am not sure if they will take me.


    The only way to know this for sure is to see a recruiter and get a pre-enlistment physical. Please don't do this unless you're serious as it costs the Army money (not you) and a lot of the recruiter's time.

    It is important to know the weapon even before it is issued.

    I do admire your enthusiasm but the Army (or Marines) will teach you everything you need to know. They have been doing it for millions of recruits for some time.

    I've read over the manual but I was wondering if THR had anything "special" to tell me.


    Being you read the manual then just reread it. While there is a wealth of information on this forum you need some experience to sort out the truth from "Commando Bob's" tips which might get you in trobule.
     
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    Thanks GRIZ, I will probably talk to a recruiter soon. I just feel it is important to know a weapon beforehand even if the military will train someone who has never seen it before in his/her life.
     
  12. Maverick223

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    Pig, check your PMs...

    PB & Big E, check your E-mail...

    Everyone else...ask and ye shall receive. :)
     
  13. freakshow10mm

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    Big E, wish ya luck with MEPS and asthma. I got PMR'd out of MEPS in 1999 because the doctors could read the charts correctly. I got three respiratory specialists to opine that I do not have asthma and never did but the PMR'd me. Things might be different now but the Army, Air Force and Marines all tried to get me in and they all failed.

    Of course the guy who like to beat women and cops got in no problem. Go figure.
     
  14. P.B.Walsh

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    I didn't get a PM.
     
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    Guys, just be aware that the opinion of your NCOIC is going to trump what ever knowledge you bring into the Green Machine. :) It will be a very bad idea to even attempt to argue with that individual.

    :neener:
     
  16. MarineOne

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    Ahhhhhh ...... future brothers of the Yellow Footprints.

    Those that know, know.




    Kris
     
  17. Big_E

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    Yeah don't argue with the instructor because you heard something on the THR :eek:

    Well, if the military doesn't take me cause of my asthma, then they are missing out because I am already a soldier of fortune....:rolleyes:

    I don't really know how boot camp works, but I figure if you know the inside and out of weapon before the training then the instructor might look more highly of you? But as long as you are obedient I don't think the military has a problem.

    **I think I will finish my second year of college before I try to enlist. Will also give me time to get ready physically.
     
  18. freakshow10mm

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    Learn the way the military teaches you and go with that. The military loves non-gunnies for training because they have no bad habits to break. It's like the dad stepping in to coach their son; that's the coaches job, not the dad's.
     
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    I had a hard time with my PMI (primary marksmanship instructor) during the class portion of the rang during basic training, I just didn't agree with some of what he was saying. I was the push-up champ of the world for a week to. After a week of them telling me my shooting position wasn't "perfect'' during snap in I shot company high and got a shiny promotion to PFC.
    I saw lots of Marine recruits who had never shot anything make hits at 500 yds with A-2's and open sights so they know how to teach.
    Just remember, no matter what, when you are on the yellow foot prints keep your mouth shut.
     
  20. Maverick223

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    No but you should have gotten an E-mail...let me know if you didn't, Mav.
     
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