Marines slow to field new ammo

    The Marine command has been slow to field the new and improved SOST ammunition. Marine Times reports

    Marine Times reports

    “I got mine from a [military policeman] attached to the company, but I haven’t shot them yet,” said a lance corporal who serves as a fire team leader for India Company 3/6. He is one of the few Marines interviewed by Marine Corps Times in Afghanistan who was in possession of the ammunition, and he had only 20 rounds.

    Initial studies conducted by 1/6’s gunner, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Matthew Harris, showed that Taliban insurgents hit by the new round suffered larger exit wounds, but information has been limited, Smith said. Attempts to reach Harris were unsuccessful.

    Smith said Taliban tactics play a role in the limited amount of information the Marines have been able to collect.

    “The Taliban usually doesn’t leave behind bodies or wounded,” he said.

    [ Many thanks to jdun1911 for emailing me the link. ]

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