Monday, May 28, 2012

U.S. Army Bans High-Performance Rifle Mags for Combat Troops

The Army has ordered that soldiers may use only government-issued magazines with their M4 carbines, a move that effectively bans one of the most dependable and widely used commercial-made magazines on today’s battlefield...
The decision has left combat troops puzzled, since the PMAG has an Army-approved national stock number, which allows units to order them through the Army supply system.
This just follows a long line of the Army, and military in general, not listening to the troops about equipment and weaponry,” said one Army infantryman serving in Southwest Afghanistan, who asked not to be identified.
“The PMAG is a great product … lightweight and durable. I have seen numerous special ops teams from all services pass through here, and they all use PMAGs. Also, a large amount of Marine infantry here use PMAGS, including their Force Recon elements.”...
This seems to be a complete policy reversal, since PMAGs are standard issue with the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment and they have been routinely issued to infantry units before war-zone deployments.
Soldiers from B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, had been issued PMAGs before deploying to Afghanistan in 2009. On Oct. 3 of that year, they fought off a bold enemy attack on Combat Outpost Keating that lasted for more than six hours and left eight Americans dead. Some soldiers fired up to 40 PMAGs from their M4s without a single stoppage. asked TACOM officials if the Army had discovered any problems with PMAGs that would warrant the ban on their use. TACOM officials would not answer the question... The “dust test” revealed that 27 percent of the M4’s stoppages were magazine related. The improved magazine uses a redesigned “follower,” the part that sits on the magazine’s internal spring and feeds the rounds into the M4’s upper receiver. The new tan-colored follower features an extended rear leg and modified bullet protrusion for improved round stacking and orientation. The self-leveling/anti-tilt follower reduces the risk of magazine-related stoppages by more than 50 percent compared to the older magazine variants...
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From Viet-NAM to Afgani-STAN, same old story, the "Perfumed Princes" at the 5-Side ignore the "trouble-making griping" Snuffies at the leading edge of the sword (Wouldn't want to mess up that retirement job by speaking out & backing up your people, eh?)...The very same people, as the WW2 Germans so accurately said about Adolf spending their lives for no good reason, "Paying the Butcher's Bill" fighting the enemy and needing every advantage no matter how "small" that may be. There is a special place in Hell waiting for these individuals, no doubt, as they lie in comfortable beds breathing their last breaths, when the hooded grinning skull of the Cosmic Deathlord, surrounded by the faces of  the unnecessarily dead soldiers at his back, paying their final visit & reminder before the brass-hats are flushed down to Dante's inferno for their selfish thoughtlessness...(S9)

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