No one in Viet Nam doubts that the stubby,
black-stocked M-16 is a dangerous weapon. Of late, however, newsmen,
fighting men and Congressmen alike have suggested that the wicked
little (7 lbs., 39 in.) automatic rifle can be as dangerous to friend
as it is to foe. Thoughat the urging of General William
Westmorelandit has become the standard weapon for U.S. combat troops
in Viet Nam, its critics charge that the M-16 tends to jam during the
intensive firing for which it was designed, leaving many an
infantryman helpless in close-up combat....
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