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Troops back from Middle East that had AR's, I have a question for you.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by helz_mcfugly, Mar 10, 2009.

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  1. helz_mcfugly

    helz_mcfugly Member

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    First off, thank you for defending our freedom.
    This is a question to our troops who have had combat in the sandbox with an AR15 or M16 Or any VN vets from the jungle with your AR or M16. this may have already been asked before but I cant seem to find it so Ill ask. How did your AR's perform in the sandy environment, M16's in the jungle? How often did you have to clean them? How often did they jam, and why (sand? FTF?), any bad ammo, breakage of bolts, malfunction in general? this topic has come up in many threads and I have a few friends who have come back and said they had lots of problems when it comes to AR vs sand. Did any of you cary an AK you picked up along the way? and lastly, did anyone get issued an AR15 that wasnt a Colt?

    and if you you have any combat stories yould like to share I would fuggin love to hear them and Im sure lots would.
     
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    yea, it is, you can close this one if you like.
     
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    I cant remember my rifle ever jamming in 05. I had a SAW in 03 that was good but did have some problems.

    My rifle was a modified FN M16A4 that had a new barrel, trigger and an ACOG so it could be a designated marksmans rifle. Every couple days I would pull out the bolt and wipe it down with a cloth. That took a couple minutes tops. About once a week I would field strip it and and spend 10-15 minutes cleaning it.

    Thats how I did it and never had problems. After certain missions that might have gotten my rifle really dirty, it got a good scrubbing.

    I think a lot of complaints about keeping the rifle clean comes from the CLP. That stuff is a dust magnet and gums up. I had my wife send me some Rem Oil and within a month my whole platoon got some too. If it gets dirty just wipe it down and apply some more.

    I cant remember anyone in my unit having problems with their rifles jamming. We had FN M16s and some Colt M4s. We used the rifles more because we were a mechanized unit. The M4s went to the officers and Bradley commanders.
     
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