Monday, December 17, 2012

Magazine Capacity.

So, in the civil war, the 'mag' capacity of a rifle was one and more American soldiers were kill than all our other wars put together.

In WWI the capacity was from 5 bullets on a stripper clip.  6 total in the bandoleer.  Horrible war.  Look at the casualty list for the Somme.  But the US didn't lose so many in that war, but only because we were a bit late to the party.

In WWII and Korea the US infantry used a rifle with an 8 round capacity.  A few hundred thousand deaths,

Viet Nam, 20 round mags, 50,000 deaths.

War on Terror, 30 round mags, a coupla thousand deaths...

See the more rounds in a rifle, the less soldiers get kilt.

So, if we issue 100 round mags in the next war we might not lose a man in battle.  I wonder why that is? It's not that they are overwhelming the enemy with capacity, as in each case the 'other side' has comparables.


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Bubblehead Les. said...

Well, you know that also works in Nuclear Weapons. I mean, we went from Kilotons to Megatons and how much has the Death Rate climbed?

Windy Wilson said...

I was thinking more in terms of what the late, great, Colonel Jeff Cooper wrote once: "May all your enemies be on full auto."
The closer we get to everything firing at full auto, the fewer actual casualties we get.