What’s Wrong With This Picture: We Want Answers! Edition

(courtesy military.answers.com)

“The U.S. military is well known for its superior fire power all around the world,” military.answers.com asserts. “Despite having a long list of military weapons in its arsenal, there are some weapons which are more commonly used by service members than others. If you are fascinated by military weapons, their history and usage, there are several weapons with which you should be familiar.” Curiously, the list that follows includes the M16, M4, M9 and M249 but not the weapon above. I wonder why that is . . . [h/t JR_in_NC]


  1. avatar Gbo says:

    What’s wrong? We’re still using the M16A1 according to the article. I know I’ve seen plenty of A2s still fielded, but A1s?

    1. avatar Sanchanim says:

      In the IDF for basic training we still learn on the M1 LOL

  2. avatar Chadwick P. says:

    No no no. No US soldier would ever use an evil AK assault rifle! Our government would never supply them to “freedom fighter” forces either…

    1. avatar mark s. says:

      find one sticking up out of the mud , pour some water on it , work it lose , load and shoot . It should function as well as the day it left the factory and shoot just as straight also , the problem is with the shooting straight part . I have reservations about the accuracy of the old AK , out to 100 yards it’s ok but past that and the bullets fly everywhere . This may work in many situations but I prefer a shooter that can reach out farther . I would actually prefer to be armed with an M2 . I like the select fire option .

      1. avatar jsallison says:

        I’d go with the M2 as well. Put it on a tripod with a good T&E and rule the valley. Oh, THAT M2, never mind.

      2. avatar pwrserge says:

        You must have some very bad AK experience. I’ve seen even WASRs put in groups under and inch at 100 yards.

      3. avatar int19h says:

        AK accuracy is actually better than most people believe. It’s perfectly adequate to engage human-sized targets at 300 yards (it was its design goal, after all). According to the official military manual for AKM, accuracy is deemed to be within acceptable limits if a 4-shot group size at 100 meters fits within a 15 cm circle. This is basically 5 MOA, which translates to about 15 inches at 300 yards – well within the width of a human torso. And note that this is the upper bound; your average service AK would be better than that.

        The real problem with accuracy that you see is not so much with the design as it is with the fact that the AKs you see around are either builds based on really old milsurp parts (WASR, Yugo etc); or else new parts manufactured with shitty QC. Same thing with SKS. Basically, if you can find a pristine AK, or a new one manufactured by a reputable company (i.e. not Century or IO, for starters), you might be quite surprised by how accurate it is.

        1. avatar mark s. says:

          I have shot thousands of rounds of 7.62 NATO through three different AKs over the coarse of about 17 years , two were definitely rebuilds , one definitely not , and I have never had a satisfactory experience with distance shots over 100 yards . I have not seen anyone get the kind of accuracy you report either ( personally ) . I have heard of others reporting your results of coarse but never personally witnessed it . I am a fairly efficient marksman , not 5* by any means , but I was just reporting my personal experiences with the firearms I have handled . I prefer a more accurate rifle . I will give it an A+1 for durability however , just because of what I have heard other people report . Thanks for the input .

    2. avatar chad mcdonnel says:

      US soldiers in Vietnam did use the AK47 type rifle. Special Forces found that it was more covert than using the also very distinctive sounding M16.

  3. Whats wrong? We are not using a larger round then the 5.56 in out battle riffle’s.

  4. avatar actionphysicalman says:

    I don’t know, but the AK guys are going to like that new M4.

    1. avatar Mr Pierogie says:

      I’m pretty sure that’s a Glock bro.

  5. avatar neiowa says:

    Go down the page. There’s a whole lota stupid there. Looks like a ADD 3rd grader writes it. And a blind man selects the photos.

    1. Not even a man selecting the photos. It’s a bot.

    2. avatar JR_in_NC says:

      Yeah; read her other contributions.

      On second thought, don’t. Vapid does not even BEGIN to describe it.

  6. avatar dh34 says:

    Is that the one with the shoulder thingy that goes up?

    1. avatar John L. says:

      Nah, this is the one with the curly thing that droops down.

      1. avatar mark s. says:

        ……………… and those thingies that stick out , they’re real important too .

        1. avatar dh34 says:

          It shoots thousands of high powered bullets per second automatically from its high capacity clip.

  7. avatar Alan Longnecker says:

    “This is the AK-47 assault rifle, the preferred weapon of your enemy, and it makes a very distinctive sound when fired at you, so remember it.”
    -Gunny Highway

    1. avatar Omer Baker says:

      I was looking to write something about Heartbreak Ridge. Bravo

    2. avatar mark s. says:

      Doesn’t matter what kind of rat tat tat it makes , it’s that snapping noise of those projectiles flying over your head that count . Snap snap snap .

  8. avatar Andy says:

    Answers dot com is not where you go to get actual information.

  9. avatar Calvin says:

    Nyet! Picture is fine.

  10. avatar Tom says:

    Military.answers.com has all kinds of errors.. They call the designation AR= Assault Rifle, and the common clip vs magazine error…

    1. avatar mark s. says:

      Attack the common clit with your AR .

      1. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

        Common sense tells you~no such thing as common clit.
        Just sayin’ ……….

        1. avatar mark s. says:

          I yield you the floor sir .

  11. avatar Denny says:

    Hmmmmm. Not enough parts, too simple?

    1. avatar JSJ says:

      The engineering drawings are proprietary.

  12. avatar Chris. says:

    —-interesting fact about this pistol is that it is the only weapon on the list of weapons used by the military which is not created by a U.S. company.—-

    Wrong… FNH has the contract for the M249 & the M4. & they’re still a Belgian company. They have a Manufacturing plant in the US where they make that stuff — Just like Beretta.

  13. avatar John L. says:

    What do you expect from an offshoot of a site that selects best answers based on popularity?

    That may be great for finding good tips on housebreaking a puppy, but facts are not dependent on popularity contests. (Or if they are, the results can be bad.)

    1. avatar actionphysicalman says:

      It works just fine for politicians.

      1. avatar mark s. says:

        Then how do you explain Barry Obama ?

        1. avatar actionphysicalman says:

          Sarcasm detector not working today?

        2. avatar mark s. says:

          oops ! I had mine turned off , thanks for the nudge , I turned it back , shouldn’t happen again .

  14. avatar Matt in Idaho says:

    They say it’s a m16 but the picture is an Uzi, lol.

  15. avatar schernobyl says:

    What’s wrong with that picture?

    The AD claiming to pick only stocks that go up or did you mean the AK?

  16. avatar kap says:

    Back is the Day we got rid of our main battle rifle in favor of the M-16A1, on my tours in the South East Asia War Games this piece of Junk was left behind and an AK Variety was chosen instead along with a 12 Gauge shotgun. who cared about accuracy from 20 feet! M16A1’s jammed with more frequency than the AK! touchy about cleaning
    Any way Armaments are all about Money for a product and the cheaper the better, our Treasonous Democratic liberal’s will have more of our money to give away purporting Sedition against the principles set forth in the bill of right’s
    American Industry has fallen by the way side! we have Chinese, Vietnamese,
    Indonesian and other Foreign Companies manufacturing equipment for our Military, Seems the Idiots running this Country are succeeding in the dismantling from within just so they can be in Power!

  17. avatar Dustin says:

    Because a 60 year old AK that still works just fine isn’t a cash cow for parts contractors.

  18. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    What’s wrong is you posted something lifted from Yahoo-not exactly where one looks for anything other than shites and giggles…

  19. avatar gsnyder says:

    It’s a patriot designed in America thing, no other reason. If a person can erase this for a moment one has to accept the AK design was and still is good. If they were not they would not be the most pervasive firearm in the world. I own an old MAK90, I trust it to always work, and it will.

  20. avatar RocketScientist says:

    I still remember during SERE training at the Air Force Academy my 3rd Degree summer, a lesson on small arms. The cadre at the front of the classroom (some senior noncoms) were going over basics of operation of common weapons we might experience. When discussing the Kalashnikov, he extolled its many virtues: simplicity, ease of manufacture, durability, reliability, ubiquity, etc. Some less-than-brilliant dink in the back raised his hand and asked “If the AK is so amazing, why don’t WE use it?”. The sgt shot him a stink-eye glare for a few seconds, and finally answered: “Well we’d really look like a big bag of ass if we used a weapon designed by god hating communists, now wouldn’t we?”

    Still makes me smile to think of that.

  21. avatar Out_Fang_Thief says:

    This looks like it’s from one of the general “answer” sites. From the web page creator,…to the general public looking for answers on these “answer” sites, a gun, is a gun….is a gun.

    I find it best to not over-estimate the intelligence of the general public regarding firearms.

  22. avatar Richard in WA says:

    Lol lots of good picture-content matchups here. The wonders of the “information” age…

    Qiuestion: “List of military vehicles that they use?” (not really a sentence)

    Answer: “tank”

    Picture: Jeep Wrangler (TJ) with a canoe on the roof.

  23. avatar God says:

    I don’t know which is more painful, reading that site or reading the misinformation and far-right nuttiness here. The US – in many industries, not just the military – suffers badly from cases of Not Invented Here Syndrome. While AK’s aren’t common in the military except for training purposes the folks that need them (SEALS and Green Berets for example) have plenty of them in storage.

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