GUN Wish we could have the parts kits - Georgia adopts new rifle

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Georgian army replaces Kalashnikov with U.S. rifle
    Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:30am EST

    http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSANT84708020080118

    TBILISI (Reuters) - Soldiers from NATO aspirant Georgia switched their Soviet-era Kalashnikov rifles on Friday for U.S.-designed M4 carbines in part of a drive to distance themselves from their Russian-dominated past.

    Since surging to power in a peaceful 2003 revolution, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has aggressively pursued NATO membership which requires the former Soviet state to modernize its military.

    "Good bye old weapon! Long live the new one!" Saakashvili said at an opening ceremony of a new military base in Gori, which is 80 km (50 miles) from the capital Tbilisi, close to the breakaway province of South Ossetia -- and Stalin's birthplace.

    Saakashvili handed over the M4 carbine to several soldiers.

    He has argued with Russia over the status of Georgia's two rebel regions -- South Ossetia and Abkhazia -- which Moscow supports but Tbilisi has threatened to take back.

    Georgia also built a new, NATO-standard military base in 2006 near the border with Abkhazia on the Black Sea coast.

    Saakashvili has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on boosting the army and prides himself on creating a modern force. Georgia has about 2,500 soldiers in Iraq. Adverts and pop songs glorify Georgian soldiers.

    Former Soviet Georgia lies at the centre of a power struggle between the United States and Russia in the Caucasus, a strategic region wedged between Europe and the Middle East.

    Georgian officials say they have purchased enough M4 weapons to equip the entire army and that all troops will be issued with them in the next few weeks.

    The weapon is an assault rifle widely used by U.S. troops which can be switched between fully and semi-automatic fire.

    (Reporting and writing by Margarita Antidze, editing by Richard Meares)

    Should of gone with a 5.56 AK like the rest of the WP and former soviet countries. Guess their border dispute must of factored in on their choice.
     
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    Drastic move, I wonder what will become of those AKs.
     
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    Probably destroyed :wtc:
    If were lucky maybe we'll get more 5.45 surplus
     
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    orly
     
  5. Pineapple Devil

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    more increases in .223 ammo coming soon
     
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    Fine by me if it means cheaper 5.45 :x:
     
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    Has 5.45 price been going up or holding steady in past year? I want to get a rifle and the price of ammo is going to affect my decision.
     
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    Those AK's will become black market the same as in 1991 during the collapse of the Soviet Union, hence the missing of the 45% of the nuclear stockpile that supposofly China bought up, but you didn't hear that from me.
     
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    yeah thanks for the inside tip. i'll be sure to keep my source on the dl :hsugh:
     
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    Its been pretty steady lately Wolf is going for around $190 a case, milsurp $120-135, but the milsurp stuff will be drying up eventually, polish I think is the latest stuff coming in, still some bulgie around I think most of the russian stuff is drying up already this stuff would probably be russian, I don't think the Georgians had any arsenal's.
     
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    Speaking of Wolf, are they reloadable? (for both 5.45 and 7.62)
     
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    Steel case and berdan primer so short answer no. Ak's really beat up the cases so even if you used brassed cased stuff you wouldn't get many uses out them.
     
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    so the ARs they have now aren't actaully full auto, right??
     
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    Most M4's are semi and 3rd burst no auto.
     
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    Yeah I knew that, I just though I would point out mainstream journalism's disinterest in facts regarding all things firearms
     

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