SAW vs. updated M16A1 - Page 2

June 28th, 2004  
SAW is base of fire weapon,ahhh M60..........anyway,SAW offcourse greater ammo case and stabillity,with bipod u get higher accurasy,but its few per platoon weapon
June 28th, 2004  

Topic: Re: A1 and SAW

Originally Posted by Lil Hulk 1988
with "heavy" close support machinegun.
Well, I don't consider the SAW a heavy support weapon, just a base of fire weapon. It actually helped the Marines in the aspect that instead a 5 man fire team, you could move to a 4 man team (when the M60 was the standard, there was a gunner and assistant gunner to hump ammo, barrels, and spot), which made 3 FT per squad. Now some of the light recon units went to 4 man teams before the SAW and just designated a rifleman as autogunner, which was useless since with a thirty round magazine it gave you 5 bursts into a killzone before reload, no better than a rifleman not following ammo discipline. I agree that the A1 was not a good comparison, but it was misused for a few years before the SAW.
Well that's why I said "heavy"