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    When I was in Nam as an combat infrantryman...

    I carried the M16 and this baby with a 45.

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    But after about a month went back to the M16, which by the way never jammed and never failed for me.
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    When the Marine Corps transitioned from the M14 to the M16, the Hill Fights proved the M16 to be problematic.

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    The only time I fired the M14 was in basic. It was heavy but far superior.
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    I had a serious jam in a firefight on my 8th Mag. I couldn’t clear it so I used my jungle boot. It worked.
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    Good thing you were able to clear it. That's one of the worst things to happen in combat.

    Welcome Home Brother.
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    I never had any problems with my M-16 A1.
    From what I've read the powder, stick or ball, I don't remember which was the cause of jams.
    I liked my M-14 in boot, for drilling and then qualifying at Edson Range on Camp Pendleton.
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    Welcome Home Brother...
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    The story goes that the government qualified and accepted the M-16 Stoner rifle with the recommended ammunition, then put out a contract for lower cost ammo in quantity loaded with a different ball powder.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...-story/545153/

    The M16 in Vietnam

    The problem was in the burn rate of the new powder and the residue / fouling.

    There were extraction problems as well, some attributed this to the chamber not being chromed.
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    When the M16 was first issued it was supposed to be so modern and hi-tech that it was self cleaning. No cleaning kits were issued at first, the ball powder caused fouling problems that led to malfunctions. After a few modifications it became a very dependable combat rifle, with variations still in service. When we first changed to the M14 about 1960-61 I was in Germany. We got no training, no notice we were changing weapons, It was just one day we had M1 Garands and Carbines, the next we had M14s with the selector switch locked in semi auto mode. The M14s were enough like M1s that it really wasn't a difficult transition, and we did go and qualify with them immediately.
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    Going from the M-14 in boot to the M-16 A1 in ITR was a WTF moment for 99% of the company.
    Saw the new Marines coming out of the armory with ray guns. Not M-14's. WTF?
    In the armory I was handed a weapon and the Corporal say's what's the serial #?
    I'm standing there looking for it on the back of the weapon. WTF?
    After about 10 seconds I found it, with the encouragement of the Corporals "WTF Private it's on the magwell".
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