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The great rifle controversy.

The bitter struggle analyzed by Edward C. Ezell has serious implications not only for U.S. servicemen, but for the American general public as well. The story is mind boggling.

The reader is given a detailed, blow-by-blow account of the development of the M14 and M16 rifles M16 rifle
 or AR-15

Assault rifle adopted as a standard weapon by the U.S. Army in 1967. The M16, designed by Eugene M. Stoner in the 1950s for the ArmaLite Division of Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corp., has both semiautomatic and automatic capabilities.
 and the massive furor furor /fu·ror/ (fu´ror) fury; rage.

furor epilep´ticus  an attack of intense anger occurring in epilepsy.
 they caused.

This excellent study has just two noticeable lapses. In the first half of Chapter One, the author attempts "a quick review of the troubled history of American small arms small arms, firearms designed primarily to be carried and fired by one person and, generally, held in the hands, as distinguished from heavy arms, or artillery. Early Small Arms

The first small arms came into general use at the end of the 14th cent.
." Unfortunately, it is too quick and too superficial to do justice to this important subject, and it does not provide an adequate background to the main story.

Secondly, he skips over a key complication complication /com·pli·ca·tion/ (kom?pli-ka´shun)
1. disease(s) concurrent with another disease.

2. occurrence of several diseases in the same patient.

: deep-seated inter-service rivalry between the Army and Air Force whose shoulder arm requirements usually differ. Though initiated by Army officials, the M16 early became an Air Force-sponsored rifle after the Army rejected it. Secretary of Defense Robert S Robert, Henry Martyn 1837-1923.

American army engineer and parliamentary authority. He designed the defenses for Washington, D.C., during the Civil War and later wrote Robert's Rules of Order (1876).

Noun 1.
. MacNamara, a World War II Air Corps veteran and a Reserve Air Force officer, replaced the M14 with the M16.

Ezell otherwise covers his subject superbly and supports it with well-chosen, meaningful photos and charts.

This hardback 344-page, 6-inch by 9-inch volume is well worth its price. Suggested retail is $29.95 from your local book dealer or from Stackpole Books, P.O. Box 1831, Dept. GA, Cameron and Kelker Streets, Harrisburg, PA 17105.
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Author:Rutledge, Lee A.
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Oct 1, 1985
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