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X-NewYawker
12-01-2009, 3:29 PM
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/55321

technique
12-01-2009, 3:32 PM
Damn thats soooooooo old.
Living under a rock are we?

reidnez
12-01-2009, 4:08 PM
This was discussed ad nauseum a while back.

IMO, the failures are more likely attributable to failures in unit-level maintenance, rather than weapon design. Were these troops issued new magazines before they deployed? Were common failure parts checked for wear and replaced? If I don't change my car's oil for 20,000 miles and the engine seizes one day, should I complain to Honda or tell everyone that Hondas are crap?

My experience with the armories is that they usually don't replace something until it breaks or new weapons come in. Add to this the fact that military rifles quickly rack up higher round counts than most of us have collectively in our whole gun safe, and of course some of the rifles are going to fail. It's shocking that they don't all fail.

I'm not asserting that's what happened in this case, but without more information it certainly can't be ruled out--and thus I don't believe it fair to jump to a conclusion and fault the design.