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  14:33:28  25 September 2003
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Body and gear maintanence is only an option when you feel secure. You can't clean your weapon durring combat, you'll have to either fix jams, find an alternative weapon or escabe.

I would recommend you maintain your weapon each time you maintain you body. Before you eat and before you sleep. Once a day is a minimum.
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... Everyday is exesive in this environment. I would try and tear down my weapon as little as possible.
  14:50:34  25 September 2003
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Jinx Dragon
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I still hold this option out:


When are you going to do weapon matenece? In the middle of a battle? While your walking around the zone? Or when you have stoped for a hour or two?
Just because it may be of interest, we sometimes used to do weapon maintenance in the dead of night while waiting out ambushes.
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Even then your still waiting, your not running around in thei field or using the weapon. You would just press the 'rest' button if you have to wait in the one spot for three hours, ambushing, and let the automatic interupt aleart you when something comes into your sight.
  18:46:42  25 September 2003
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... Everyday is exesive in this environment. I would try and tear down my weapon as little as possible.
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It depends on how much you use it, but I'd givee it an easy run over daily.
  21:00:18  25 September 2003
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Even then your still waiting, your not running around in thei field or using the weapon. You would just press the 'rest' button if you have to wait in the one spot for three hours, ambushing, and let the automatic interupt aleart you when something comes into your sight.
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Oh, don't get me wrong, I wasn't trying to shoot your point down. Just wanted people to realize that there are more opportunities to clean a weapon in the field than they might intially realize.


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... Everyday is exesive in this environment. I would try and tear down my weapon as little as possible.
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"in this environment". All the more so you'd want to keep your weapon well-maintained. I would definitely clean my weapon daily (just simple stuff like the barrel, etc, reserving the thorough cleaning (stripping it down) for safer environments. But as Dallas mentioned, if it sees heavy use, I'd definitely want to clean it to ensure it doesn't jam on me at inopportune moments.
  04:30:54  26 September 2003
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The most i have EVER done in the field with exercises and manuvers is a patch through the barrel and a blast of eezox. All in all about 15 seconds worth of time to do. In the field, my AR-15 went for DAYS with only this much care maybe MAYBE once a day. Never a jam, never a hicup, and that was through 1000 rounds. Its dosent take much to keep a decent weapon going.
  06:26:23  26 September 2003
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patch through the barrel and a blast of eezox
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Oh, I totally agree. Like I said, simple maintenance such as the barrel.

ps. Just curious, but what armed forces did you serve with?
  13:06:10  26 September 2003
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Im actually a civy, but im in a group that our local base uses to help train the troops. We are the random factor in war games, I have all the training they have, but im not suppose to follow the rules that the military uses in thier exercises. Typically im playing the part of a terrorist or enemy soldier or even a dead body (Yeah i had to lay down and still for quite some time) Ive also helped my local SWAT team in training matters too. Aka playing some wacked out nutjob that has armed himself and locked himself in a room. They do practice arrests on me. So im technically not in the service, but i might as well be.
  13:25:10  26 September 2003
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Im actually a civy, but im in a group that our local base uses to help train the troops. We are the random factor in war games, I have all the training they have, but im not suppose to follow the rules that the military uses in thier exercises. Typically im playing the part of a terrorist or enemy soldier or even a dead body (Yeah i had to lay down and still for quite some time) Ive also helped my local SWAT team in training matters too. Aka playing some wacked out nutjob that has armed himself and locked himself in a room. They do practice arrests on me. So im technically not in the service, but i might as well be.
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Sounds pretty cool. Acting as the opfor was always the most fun for me when I was in OCS, for the simple reason that you mentioned: no rules. In which part of the US (I gather it's the US) are you situated?

Oh, and to add to my previous post, you're right. It doesn't take much to maintain a decent weapon. Even firing those godawfully dirty blanks. People complain about the M-16 family being sensitive about jamming. It is, but without proper maintenance, you can jam any weapon.
  13:57:15  26 September 2003
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Im actually a civy, but im in a group that our local base uses to help train the troops. We are the random factor in war games, I have all the training they have, but im not suppose to follow the rules that the military uses in thier exercises. Typically im playing the part of a terrorist or enemy soldier or even a dead body (Yeah i had to lay down and still for quite some time) Ive also helped my local SWAT team in training matters too. Aka playing some wacked out nutjob that has armed himself and locked himself in a room. They do practice arrests on me. So im technically not in the service, but i might as well be.
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You know... that sounds like fun, where can I sign up?

I'll admit, I havn't done anything with the milatary for ages now but I've always dreamed of one day opening a large 'war training center' so milatary and even civil people can train on a range of terrains, from small inner cities to mountain rainforests we have here.

But considering the way Australia is, even if some mirical gives me the money to do it I bet it wouldn't be legal under some twisted law. Maybe there is a law about having 'replica' weapons even if they can't fire live rounds as the barrels are filled with lazer systems.
  14:00:28  26 September 2003
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Oh, don't get me wrong, I wasn't trying to shoot your point down. Just wanted people to realize that there are more opportunities to clean a weapon in the field than they might intially realize.

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I didn't, my comment wasn't a counter argument but I did use the chance to premote the idea even more but also add the idea that you should be able to have your rest interupted if something moves into your sight and sound, such as the target you are ambushing. I would hate to have to wait 3 hours, doing little 1 hour, then 30 miuntes, then 10 minutes skips then waiting for about 5 minute just so the thing doesn't go past without snapping me out of the 'rest' phase... and worse when you only have a general, give or take, time which means you could be forced to stay there for 30 minutes waiting.


Not sure the game but that did happen to me quite a bit in some of them.
 
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