LET’S ROLL: WaPo reports that U.S. Forces are making final preparations for combat. If they’ve gone from hot meals to MREs already, they are expecting to roll soon. Let’s hope.

By the way, unless the Marines are still using M16A1s, they aren’t “automatic” rifles. The -A2s, which have been around since the late 1980s, fires in either single-shot semi-automatic or 3-round burst modes. The older -A1s fired semi- and automatic modes but most soldiers were ineffective in automatic mode and simply wasted ammunition. Ammunition is heavy.

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