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 Posted: Wed Dec 12th, 2012 06:00 pm
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BHR62, the answer is MONEY. The War Department had a damn near unlimited budget during the war. Afterwards, the budget was cut back to barely what it was before the war. The department didn't have the money for R&D and the higher-ups were still convinced that the enlisted soldier would shoot too much ammo too quickly if they let him.

Interestingly, I would point out that the War Department was not entirely wrong on the last point. As an example, think of the M16. The M16A1 had a full automatic selector. When the M16A2 was introduced, the full automatic selector was removed and replaced with a 3 round burst option. But even today soldiers are taught never to use the 3 round burst because it ruins your accuracy and you shoot away your ammo extremely quickly.

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Last edited on Wed Dec 12th, 2012 08:50 pm by Mark

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