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The VC and the M-16

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 07 Jul 2006, 04:49
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Post 19 Oct 2009, 08:46
I've always wondered, I've heard of GIs using AK-47s during the Vietnam War, but did the NLF (Viet Cong) ever use the M-16 or other American equipment? If so, what did they think of it? Thanks.

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 13 Feb 2008, 15:25
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Post 19 Oct 2009, 10:17
I think I read somewhere that they did at times, but the AK's used were much preferred by the VC becuase of their durability.
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Post 19 Oct 2009, 11:08
Also because AKs were supplied in the hundreds of thousands, while M-16 would have to be captured from the enemy first.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 21 Dec 2004, 23:53
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Post 20 Oct 2009, 03:25
M-16s probably not, but I would assume that they'd use caputred supplies and such. Although due to massive imports of supplies; I doubt the Viet Cong relied on caputring American weapons and supplies.

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Post 25 Oct 2009, 05:51
Charlie wasn't supplied as great as you would like to thank. The VC used an assortment of SKS, Mosin Nagant, RPG-2 not the fancy RPG-7, and other misc junk. The build up to TET is when Charlie started getting better arms. THe VC used anything and everything to fight thier battles. THe NVA had the better arms and muntions.
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Post 25 Oct 2009, 07:02
How widespread was GI use of AKs?
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 07 Oct 2004, 22:04
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Post 25 Oct 2009, 17:51
I recall reading that AKs were very suitable to the jungle environment because of the size of their rounds and the power with which they were fired from the rifle, whereas M-16 shots could quite easily be deflected by leaves in the dense Vietnamese forests. Then of course there's the issue of reliability -M-16s needed to be cleaned more often and thoroughly, having a tendency to jam, while the AK-47, with its simplified operation and limited number of parts, could withstand dirt much more effectively.
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Post 01 Nov 2009, 08:00
AS a vetran of the "Liberation of Iraq" I never saw US troops using AK's. We did pick up RPGs, Pkms, and AKs, but only in hopes that we might keep them. I spoke with several Afghan vets and they all said at one time or another they used AK varaints in combat. Furthermore I have spoken with Vietnam era vets and they all said they saw or used AKs in combat. The AK is a great weapon inside of 250 yards. Today I was watching battleplan on the military channel and I saw several images of US troops in Korea with PPsh, wow we where using Soviet weapons then what does that say about the US's arms procurement programs.
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Post 01 Nov 2009, 10:57
I have a photo of a US soldier with a SVD.
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