Peelen - thanks for the explanation. It doesn’t change my opinion though. I don’t like three-shot burst systems. I don’t see why they are necessary, especially in a weapon that fires them so fast that if the first one would have been a miss, they all will miss. Maybe the ballistics of the cartridge demand that feature in order to incapacitate an enemy soldier. If that is true, than the cartridge is poor. I think the three-shot burst mode on the M16A2 was stupid. Semi-auto fire is sufficient.
A lot of people look on the rifle like the guy using it on the battlefield is all alone. Semi-auto fire from an infantry company puts out a wall of copper and lead that it is surprised a bumble-bee could fly thru it safely.
Three-shot bursts are wasteful of ammunition, and that can be the most critical when soldiers think they need full-auto fire the worst - when they are trapped by a force superior in size. I personally think that is when it is most important to make every shot count. I have no combat experience, although I am infantry-trained, so perhaps my opinion is invalid. However, it is my opinion, and if I said otherwise, I would be a hypocrite.
The recoil is always a factor. If you have to fire so fast that you need a three-shot burst (three rounds to do the job of one) at a high rate of fire that makes it appear and sound like a single shot and gives you “triple-recoil,” then you lose the time advantage in your rate of firing from having to recover your sight picture, or even if things are so close and fast and furious that you are simply pointing the weapon, your recovery of the weapon to that point.
Let’s just say I’m glad our guys are not stuck with something like the H&K. I know they use a lot of the H&K adaptation of the M16, and I am sure that is a fine weapon. I hope it has the capability of single-shot, semi-automatic fire. Since a few years ago I cancelled all my firearms magazine subscriptions, I am not up on a lot of these new wonder-weapons, especially the jillion adaptations of the Armalite-Colt rifle. When I get catalogs from these after-market accessory outfits now, half or more than half of the catalog are doo-dads to stick all over an AR-15, M16 platform. I am going to figure out a miniature kitchen that can hang off the weapon somewhere so you can cook your meals on it. :-)
Yeah, I know. I am old-fashioned and not “cool.” I just think a lot of the crap they hang on rifles these days is pretty useless. I doubt most of it really substitutes for proper training, and all of it makes the lightweight M4 carbine or M16 rifle heavier and more fragile.
Well, I guess I didn’t mention cartridges much here, so I will take no offense if this is deleted by the management as being off-topic.