Learn your weapons before writing about them Jack Tame

Jack Tame has an article about how cool it is to fire an AK-47. They are cool, but nowhere as near as cool as the M249 light machine gun he is actually holding.



The article goes further and rambles on about assault rifles. Even his caption mentions assault rifles.

The problem is if you are going to write about assault rifles then get some facts straight.  

No assault rifles are belt fed. The M249 light machine gun he is holding is not an assault rifle. It is a machine gun. There is a massive difference. They also use different rounds.

This is an AK-47 (with some warry bits added):


This is an M249:



If you are going to write about things, please get it right Jack.


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  • johnbronkhorst

    Geeze jack……try putting a magazine into a M249, or an ammo belt into an AK47…..and there you go, one of the basic differences between a modern assault rifle and a machine gun….(one exception…WW2 Bren gun are there more?).

    • You can put M16 mags into an M249, but you certainly can’t put a belt through an AK47, or an AK47 mag into a 249

      • johnbronkhorst

        Thanks, I didn’t know you could put any kind of mags on a M249. But it has been 30 years since I fired anything similar.

        • Evan

          You can use a standard 5.56mm mag, which fits the M16 and Steyr, and also a belt or mount the big box – you just open the cover differently. I’ve had the pleasure of shooting off a 50 rd belt from a C9 Minimi and it sure is a lot of fun!

  • Mike K

    Um yeah, the M249 featured in this article can use a standard M16 mag. Interestingly, you can also get a kit to turn a AK47 into a belt fed weapon.

  • XM16E1

    The old journalists guide to firearms identification strikes again.

    • johnbronkhorst

      Like the potatoe gun comparison!!!!

  • god. zb paint him to be an infallible saint. i dont fall for their propaganda.

  • Jman

    Jack Tame is another whining leftie journalist, apparently incapable of any critical analysis it if departs from the leftist groupthink who looks like he hasn’t even started shaving yet. Jeez where do they find these people?

  • Hate to be a pedantic shit but you CAN get a belt fed AK, it is the RPK LMG version of the AK using the same 7.62×39 round as the AK and also available with standard clips, 50 and 75 round drum mags and also with a belt fed system using 100 round belts. Where do you think FN got the idea for the Minimi

  • Ragnar175

    Journalist and their editors are intellectually lazy enough when reporting regular news but when writing or commenting on the subject of firearms I an not sure whether to laugh or be sad. Is it any wonder why we have the government and society we’re stuck with. We have become the most advanced technological idiots in the universe. On the collective tombstone of man it will say “Fat, Dumb, and Lazy”.