A Gun for All Wars?

When the British East India Company first invaded Afghanistan in 1839, its troops came under constant fire in the mountain passes from Afghan tribesmen armed with homemade “jezail” matchlock guns that outranged the muskets carried by the British soldiers. Today’s U.S. Army riflemen, armed with M4 carbines, have similar trouble returning fire when Afghan Taliban fighters attack them from the high ground using longer-range machine guns and mortars. How did troops belonging to the world’s most

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