The prevailing theory is, you want the gun that incapacitates the guy which makes two of his buddies stop shooting at you so they can take care of him. Now you've taken 3 people out of action and everyone goes home alive. This, of course, depends on everyone abiding by the Geneva Convention rules. We're talking about modern warfare here... NOT self defense. There is a difference. Never-the-less, the M16 HAS amassed an impressive body count and is quite lethal.Radamanthus said:First of all, I don't see how you can say that guaranteed kills aren't important. Which do you want: a gun that puts three rounds of fmj through a guy's chest, but doesn't kill him until he runs out of blood, or a gun that puts one round of fmj through his chest, and blows out his spine?
My vote goes for the 7.62+ M14 combo that we should have used.