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« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2018, 06:29:48 PM »

I've recently seen some supposed pictures of Israeli commandos, where some of them had AKs, and they looked like old milled receiver AKs, the ak is a good gun, but the only reason I see to use one when you have better guns at your disposal is to "blend in"

https://www.reddit.com/r/MilitaryPorn/comments/1lecpm/israels_elite_shayetet_13_naval_commandos800x534/

I don't know the age of the picture, but I always thought it was interesting Israeli companies make parts for old com-block rifles. Fab defense just released a new SKS stock...Just when I though bubba was done with SKS's  Tongue
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« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2018, 07:19:35 PM »

That particular group, Shayetet 13 has always used the AK.
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« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2018, 09:17:35 PM »

I may have missed it, but has anything been mentioned regarding cost between the M4 and Tavor/X95 as being a prime consideration in this possible change?  I'm relatively sure that an M4 costs less to build and maintain in a military application than the Tavor.  Just wondering if this has any bearing?

You gotta admit that the AR design is stupid simple to work on and maintain compared to our Tavors/X95's.  If there's one thing the "higher ups" like in a military application in something like firearms, it's economy and bang-for-the-buck.  We all know that the AR has been referred to as the Lego gun...for a reason.

Edit:  I kind of missed that this is a commando brigade as described.  Is this just one unit?  If it's only one unit changing their primary rifle, then maybe all of this means very little.  Maybe these guys work with our "special ops" units and want uniformity.  I don't know...probably not earth shattering.
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« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2018, 10:03:28 PM »

The IDF is not buying any new M4s, they have had quite the supply for years, just as they have had of AKs. As to the reason for this, who the hell knows since no reason given.
I doubt cost is a factor at this point. There are plenty of each weapon in the IDF. The IDF for years now have reserved the M4 / M16 platform to reserve / older troops because of the hassle & yes cost of retraining, but not cost of the weapons. I can only assume that the majority of the soldiers in this particular division have been & are used to using the M4 already. Again just a guess.
As to simplicity of the weapons. Cmon, much easier for the average soldier to tear down & clean a X95 over a M4. Pop the back & pull all the workings out at once. Much easier than the M4, & far less prone to failures because of being dirty.
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« Reply #24 on: September 29, 2018, 03:34:05 PM »

oops

All the X95's were bought up by other markets.
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« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2018, 08:06:55 PM »

The IDF is not buying any new M4s, they have had quite the supply for years, just as they have had of AKs. As to the reason for this, who the hell knows since no reason given.
I doubt cost is a factor at this point. There are plenty of each weapon in the IDF. The IDF for years now have reserved the M4 / M16 platform to reserve / older troops because of the hassle & yes cost of retraining, but not cost of the weapons. I can only assume that the majority of the soldiers in this particular division have been & are used to using the M4 already. Again just a guess.
As to simplicity of the weapons. Cmon, much easier for the average soldier to tear down & clean a X95 over a M4. Pop the back & pull all the workings out at once. Much easier than the M4, & far less prone to failures because of being dirty.

bosco, since the IDF is probably the most advanced group that has used both the Tavor/X95 and AR, I wonder if they have any records, tests, or other substantive comparisons about service life, cycles, and other performance comparisons? 

And no...I certainly don't consider the Tavor series to be difficult to break down.  Personally I still think an M4 is easier to clean because of less enclosure in the stock, but this is more subjective than an absolute.  Obviously I have both and love both.
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« Reply #26 on: September 29, 2018, 10:00:47 PM »

bosco, since the IDF is probably the most advanced group that has used both the Tavor/X95 and AR, I wonder if they have any records, tests, or other substantive comparisons about service life, cycles, and other performance comparisons?  

Good question. I would be surprised if they don't.

The M4 / 16 wasn't really chosen by the IDF. They were given to Israel in large numbers under one of the military aid packages in the 80s when the IDF & IWI were just starting to utilize the Galil series of rifles. With the loan package the M4 / 16 became much cheaper than the Galil since as was & is the case with the aid packages, most of the money had to be spent on US equipment. Armor troops ended up sticking with the Galil because of the folding stock that made it more maneuverable getting in & out of armored vehicles. What did make the M4 / 16 popular with soldiers was the fact that it was much lighter than the Galil. Soldiers hate weight. As one SF soldier once told me, "I can tell you how many ounces a toothbrush weighs & will cut the handle in half to save weight in the my ruck sack." That being, I still wonder just what the deal with this particular group is.
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