Heads Bunker usually lays it all out on the line for you. This time is not an exception, so I think you can tell just from the title what he thinks about this issue. He notes the use of the M14, and he notes that the problem with the M16/M4 isn’t the weapon itself but the pea it’s sending downrange. As I’ve noted many many times before, if the problem was the short barrels of the M4 so many of our troops have, they would be using M16s instead of M14s for sharpshooter work in Afghanistan and Iraq. Follow the link for details.
I came across it via James at Hell in a Handbasket, who shares his own thoughts on the subject. James also mentions the fact that the 5.56 might be just fine for SAW work, something he’s brought up before. He’s got a link to his earlier post on this in his latest, so check it out.
Friends don’t let friends shoot .223.