Tuesday, June 21, 2016

German Soldiers Do Not Trust Their Weapons

German soldiers with M3 machine guns. PinInterest

Popular Mechanics: Why German Troops Don't Trust Their Weapons

​Only 8 percent have confidence in their rifles.​

A survey of German soldiers has found that an overwhelming majority have doubts about the reliability of their weapons. More than half rated their weapons as unreliable, with less than ten percent expressing confidence in their army-issued G36 rifles. The news comes as the German military prepares to deploy troops to the Baltics to counter an aggressive Russia.

The poll, conducted by the Bundeswehr (German Army) research center and reported by the German Bild newspaper, was carried out during the Trident Junction 2015 wargames. Forty-three percent of respondents said that their weapons were "rather not reliable" or "not reliable at all." Twenty-eight percent said they could "partly" trust their weapons. Only eight percent said they could fully trust their weapons. By contrast, 80 percent of U.S. Army troops reported they were confident in the reliability of their issue weapon, the M-4 carbine, when they were asked in 2006.

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Jay Farquharson said...

The G36 is a "new gun", introduced in 1997, a 5.56 caliber weapon to replace the old 7.62 G3.

Because of a bunch of "features" and "issues", the G36 rifle has had problems in service, from "hot load" ammo, insufficently jacketed bullets, plastic magazines, "weight saving" features that render the gun "frail", with an overheating problem and accuracy problem in actual combat.

( who knew that when soldiers are being shot at, the fire disipline they are trained on goes out the window).

TWN said...

I love the G3 I got to fire it a number of times, I even got to fire the MG42 in 7.92 at full rate of fire, what a hoot. I suspect this is an article designed to drum up sales of the G4, which though I never fired on looks like an impressive piece of kit.

Aizino Smith said...

Money for the Rapefugees but not as much for the military.