Tuesday, August 26, 2003

U.S. Troops Needing Rifles Turn To The AK-47

"U.S. troops in Iraq may not have found weapons of mass destruction, but they're certainly getting their hands on the country's stock of Kalashnikovs and, they say, they need them.

The soldiers based around Baqouba are from an armor battalion, which means they have tanks, Humvees and armored personnel carriers. But they are short on rifles."

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Some complain that standard U.S. military M16 and M4 rifles jam too easily in Iraq's dusty environment.

Many say the AK has better "knockdown" power and can kill with fewer shots.

"The kind of war we are in now ... you want to be able to stop the enemy quick," said Sgt. 1st Class Tracy S. McCarson of Newport News, Va., an Army scout who carries an AK in his Humvee.

Some troops say the AK is easier to maintain and is a better close-quarters weapon."


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