Damn it, there no reason for it, it’s POLICY!

Just in time for Memorial Day comes this reminder that rear-echelon mother f***ers (REMFs, if I have that terminology down) are still with us, as they will always be. If you’re ordering young men into combat and you learn that you’ve equipped them with substandard equipment that endangers their lives do you (a) ensure that your soldiers receive better gear and investigate how your procurement procedure went awry or, (b), hide your embarrassment by continuing to issue the defective weapon part and issue a directive barring the use of anything better? If you’re a REMF, course (a) will never occur to you.

Army bans use of non-issue ammo clips.

The Army has ordered that soldiers may use only government-issued magazines with their M4 carbines, a move that effectively bans one of the most dependable and widely used commercial-made magazines on today’s battlefield.

The past decade of war has spawned a wave of innovation in the commercial soldier weapons and equipment market. As a result, trigger-pullers in the Army, Marines and various service special operations communities now go to war armed with commercially designed kit that’s been tested under the most extreme combat conditions.

Near the top of such advancements is the PMAG polymer M4 magazine, introduced by Magpul Industries Corp. in 2007. Its rugged design has made it as one of the top performers in the small-arms accessory arena, according to combat veterans who credit the PMAG with drastically improving the reliability of the M4.


TACOM’s message authorizes soldiers to use the Army’s improved magazine, which PEO Soldier developed after the M4 finished last against three other carbines in a 2007 reliability test. The “dust test” revealed that 27 percent of the M4’s stoppages were magazine related.

The improved magazine uses a redesigned “follower,” the part that sits on the magazine’s internal spring and feeds the rounds into the M4’s upper receiver. The new tan-colored follower features an extended rear leg and modified bullet protrusion for improved round stacking and orientation. The self-leveling/anti-tilt follower reduces the risk of magazine-related stoppages by more than 50 percent compared to the older magazine variants, PEO Soldier officials maintain. Soldiers are also authorized to use Army magazines with the older, green follower until they are all replaced, the message states.

Military.com asked the Army if the improved magazine can outperform the PMAG, but a response wasn’t received by press time.

The same infantryman serving in Southwest Afghanistan had this to say about the new and improved magazine:

“Like any magazine, they work great when they are brand new and haven’t been drug through the dirt and mud. I haven’t noticed much of a difference between these tan followers and the older green ones. After some time training up for the ‘Stan, the same issues started to occur: double feeds, rounds not feeding correctly so on and so on. While it seems to occur about half as often, it’s still not a great solution.

“The magazines still get bent at the opening and are still prone to getting crushed in the middle. I haven’t seen any issues like this with the PMAG due to the polymer casing. I have seen an empty PMAG get run over by a MaxPro [vehicle] and operated flawlessly later that week when we tested it at the range. Last time I saw this happen to a standard issue magazine, it was scrap metal after that.”


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7 responses to “Damn it, there no reason for it, it’s POLICY!

  1. AJ

    The US has a long history of being outgunned and equipping its troops with weapons that fail. Going back to the Spanish American war and Teddy Roosevelts charge up San Juan Hill, the Americans were using single shot black powder rifles (left over from the Civil War) as opposed to the Spanish magazine equipped Mauser. The Americans did have a very few magazine rifles, but were ordered to use them as single shot and only use the magazine in “emergency” situations.

    In WWII the Americans put their Chrysler Dodge Sherman tanks up against the German Porsche Tigers. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take a Porche Spyder over a Dodge Dart any day if only I could get my hands one.

    In Vietnam, it wasn’t unusual to find groups of dead American soldiers lying on the ground; all with jammed m-16 rifles. If they cared anything about the troops they’d equipe them all with Kalashnikovs. But then war has got nothing to do with winning and losing — with the exception of Granada (Regan’s feel good moment after pulling out of Beruit with our tail between our legs) — America hasn’t tried to actually fight to win since WWII. But then war has got nothing to do with winning and everything to do with controlling resources and making money. Nowadays the way to actually defeat a country — and without anybody even noticing — is through central banking and the IMF. See how the IMF wrecked Jamaica: http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=12349

  2. MC

    i guess Magpul isnt up to date with congressionaly mandated bribes and kickbacks.

    The real prob is grunts get the low bid equip. Lest we forget the recent mil spec oil debacle, the tactical body armour problems, the no armor humvees and the aluminum mags talked about in the article are supposed to be disposable. And that POS Stoner DI system.

    Is it any wonder that socom buys their own shit? It wasnt a Colt that took out Osama. It was an H&K.

  3. AJ

    The death of the US constitution; the end of the US as a sovereign nation; shots fired: 0. The enemy is within.

    Foreign Agents Creep into U.S. & Canada Under Integration Scheme

    As the so-called trilateral North American “integration” process marches onward toward an ever-closer union between the governments of Canada, the United States, and Mexico, national law enforcement agents are slowly creeping across borders through a variety of shadowy schemes. Going forward, that trend is set to accelerate, according to officials, who say government functionaries may soon be able to chase and arrest suspects outside of their own nations. But critics of the controversial plan are fighting back with increasing urgency.

    U.S. and Canadian authorities have already spent millions of dollars on “pilot projects” seeking to blur national borders in the field of policing. Almost 150 so-called “cross-border” officers have been trained so far, according to a report published this month by Embassy magazine. Meanwhile, the Shiprider program — officially known as “Integrated Cross-border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations” — has been active since 2009, when high-ranking bureaucrats from the United States and Canada signed the agreement without even obtaining legislative approval….


  4. AJ, despite what the Socialist Worker thinks, it’s pretty normal for capital inflows to stop when a government starts nationalizing foreign owned assets, and nobody has the right to borrow money on whatever terms they want.

  5. Our Nutmeg Delegation has a lot to due with this doo doo.

  6. AJ

    Sorry Richard, I thought that link might stir somone’s ire, but I’m too lazy to actually write anything, so I often link to sites that sort of say what I’m thinking be they dreaded socialists or not. The IMF has a history of conning countries into taking loans that are impossible to repay, which lead to things like nationalization of foreign owned assets, conflicts and assasinations — it’s done on pupose, much like the mafia makes loans to people they know can’t repay in order to own them. But don’t take my word for it listen to IMF hitman John Perkins:

  7. AJ

    What does one of America’s most decorated generals have to say: War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler (PDF): http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.pdf
    See also Jules Archer, “The Plot to Seize the White House” copy of the full book: http://www.wanttoknow.info/plottoseizethewhitehouse and “The Morgan Fascist Coup” : http://www.larouchepub.com/eiw/public/2006/2006_30-39/2006_30-39/2006-32/pdf/46-67_632_histmorgfdr.pdf