This thread is moving fast, see something worth commenting on around page 100 and go take of some business you come back and there has been 40 some more done!
I'll put my weapon expertise up against anyone in here. I'll discuss the history of modern infantry weapons with anyone.
The M16a1 was designed to KILL the enemy. Not wound, not cause 4 other guys to stop and take care of the wounded. Grunts are taught nothing stops the assault, mission first. Can I get a Who-ahh from the real salty dawgs who have earned a been there done that T-Shirt? You do your buddy better by ending the defending fire than attempting to drag his shot-up ass across the field of fire and four gathered together is a pig gunner's dream. Roger that?!
No grunt wants a weapon that wounds, the mission of the military is to KILL people and BREAK things. Leave one ounce of life in your enemy, especially one filled with hate and determination and you are signing your own death warrant. Where the M16a1 got it's wounder rep from the rear echelon types. Guys who never went toe to toe with the enemy. The M16a1 leaves some nasty looking piles of meat behind, but it killed 'em fast and furious.
I damn sure would not have carried a 'wounder'. The M16a1 is a killer. problems with it's bastard child the M4 is a whole 'nother story, but do this old grunt a favor DO NOT call that weapon an M16.
Now my modest arsenal isn't a collector's wet dream. I wouldn't own a Kimber, not even if you gifted me own, I'd sell it and get a reliable weapon. I don't have a 'target' firearm, all my target practice is to do one thing, put a bullet into a living thing to turn it into a dead thing. Every weapon I own is blooded- every one of them has killed.
Some want to pretend otherwise, but firearms are for killing things, that some have daintified the firearm to trick pony status is sad but then again we are no longer a nation of hunters and frontier tamers but urban range rambos and space gun competition shootists.
AR's are pretty bad at 'home defense' and round selection doesn't stop a 5.56 from going through drywall. it doesn't work well clearing the house and a father may wish to do just that if his child's bedroom is down the hall. Not much point to owning a rather pricey weapon if you are only concerned about saving your own skin in your own bedroom.
Anywho, if those who support the Right to Bear accuse the other side of dishonesty I'd say first clean your own damn house. Firearms have come a long way since 1776, I'd opine people have not. Our situation has, we no longer have frontiers to settle or Indians to ward off. Far more of us live packed in like sardines while as many as can move away from the city to live shoulder to shoulder out in the 'burbs.
Some do need to carry to provide some level of protection, some think they do, some think they are the sheepdogs in society. Some have no real training past some safety training, some some highly stylized competitive training.
A few, a very select few have any real combat, kill or be killed training, fewer still any practical experience with that training.
Versus a huge number of folks with no experience with firearms, sees the ugly functionality as down right demonic. (Yeah the 100 round drum is a jamming bitch but it looks vicious and has the ill informed dreading 100 rounds before reloading.) Fear of what we don't know is strong. Most Americans don't 'know' weapons, be they 'experts' who claim the M16a1 was designed to wound or a suburbia mom who only sees a black devil in a tricked out M4orgery.