Iraqi ARs

A couple of pics just released showing Iraqi troops with M16/M4 rifles instead of the traditional AK47:

U.S. Army Spc. Michael Parris, from 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Brigade, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, trains Iraqi army soldiers in basic marksmanship with the M-4 assault rifle at Forward Operating Base McHenry, Hawijah, Iraq, Dec. 4, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet)

Iraqi army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army (Mechanized) Divison, climb a set of stairs in a residence during a cordon and knock mission in Sab al Bor, Iraq, Dec. 8, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. William Greer)

I wonder what the Iraqi military thinks of the recent poor showing by the M4 in dust chamber tests.


  1. The IA has issued or started to issue them to the 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, and 14th Divisions plus the ISOF. Apparently, they prefer them to AKs… MoI on the other hand, is buying AKs from China for the Police.

  2. Bet they like cleaning them less than the AK! LOL! It’s funny, because if I had to pick between one or the other weapon type, I’d pick whichever AK 100 varient, chambered in 7.62 x 39. With good quality (i.e. Wolf brand) ammo, it’d probably be a much better weapon out to 300m.

  3. Flanker: I’m wondering if the Iraqi solider in the first picture is thinking ‘Dust cover? Why would a rifle need a dust cover? Once I get back to the barracks I’ll take that stupid thing right off.