U.S. Army replaces Vietnam Era rifle along with M4 4 basic training #Basic_TrainingFebruary 6, 2019
FORT SILL, OK (TNN) – After a half century of using the same rifle for basic training, the United States Army now has a new weapon of choice.
“There are no issues, no malfunctions, better for the soldier, less stress for them and they qualify as soon as possible.”
The brigade was issued 2,000 M4s in December.
The charging handles would pull out of the weapon, parts of the handguard completely break off and have to replace it while we were out here qualifying.”
The M4 weighs just under six pounds, about two pounds lighter than the M16.
Another advantage to the M4, is its collapsible butt stock, which soldiers can adjust based on arm length and body size.
The rate of fire is also more efficient, capable of full auto versus the M16’s three-round burst.
“The M16s were bulky and heavy.
“It’s great to not interrupt training for a malfunctioning weapon,” Lt. Cochran said.
“I think that’s the most important part, giving the trainees the best experience possible in basic training and preparing them for the force and preparing them to get out there and do great things in the Army.”
“Second Eight” If you were going into a combat arm–a fate that everyone tried to avoid, since really what it meant was living through basic training for two years–then you went to a “second eight” weeks of advanced training. For the infantry, I think there were two such posts, one in Kentucky and one in Alaska. I think the same was true of artillery, armored, and other combat arms.