It's the result of current military thinking. While a lot of old timers are disgusted at the concept of "spray and pray", the fact is it's an accepted practice. Both the US Army and the Soviets had conducted post-war studies on the effects of small arms fire during World War Two, and each of them had discovered that roughly 70% of soldiers wounded/killed by small arms fire in combat received hits by unaimed projectiles. In other words, the average bullet didn't have somebody's name on it, but instead was addressed to whoever it may concern. By standing up and being exposed you were less likely to have an enemy draw a bead on you as simply get hit by errant ordnance!Originally posted by Kevan:
Hard to believe we've gone from the 45-70 to a souped up .22 in just a little over a hundred years.
Yes, but they also carried the Stoner 63A with mucho quantities of ammo in Vietnam. It was the preferred weapon then.Originally posted by GI-45:
I believe that SEALS during Destert Storm were seen carrying M-14s, which would support your statement.