Well, they let us out of the cages this weekend for a little R&R. It was a success overall – nobody ended up in jail, everyone was back on time (though some were physically carried into the barracks, but they all made it in some form or another), and noone got beat up.
Today we finally cleaned our rifles – it was by far the filthiest weapon-cleaning experience of my life. My hands were covered in a black paste, a sexy amalgam of CLP and powder residue that coated every interior surface of my rifle. Despite all the crap that everyone talks about the M16, though, mine functioned flawlessly even without any cleaning. Which is good – I think Eugene Stoner (the designer of the M16) made many design decisions for the express purpose of making the weapon impossible to clean. Keeps the soldiers busy, you know.
I also discovered that most of these rifles are actually M16A1 lower receivers that were reconditioned to be M16A2s – the nomenclature on the receiver is stamped over, and where the selector switch would say “Auto” on the A1 it’s been milled down and “Burst” is put in its place. Sooo…I guess that means our lower receivers could be pretty old.
The internet here is pissing me off. I can hardly get a post in, let alone a picture, because it’s so damn slow.