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I think it would have been a hands down all out, send em home running with their tail between their legs defeat for the mexican army going up against M-14's. Especialy if they had selectors. There would have been some melted barrels for sure and heavy casualties!on our side but the volume of fire that many men could lay down and at the ranges they could do it at against unarmored targets would be completely overwhelming to any attacker of the day. Remember the mexican army and the texans were alll using front stuffers. Brown bess 75 cals, kentucky rifles, maybe a few home made squirrel guns and a few springfields , maybe. Max effective range for aimed fire is maybe 100 yards max. Maybe a little more. They could each possibly volley fire out to 5 times that and score good knockdown hits. I wouldn't want to get hit with a 75 cal slug. Who would. The 14 with a conservative max effective range of 600 yards and way pst 1000 for volleys would even keep artillary of the day out of range.
In my opinion San Antonio would be built on the burrial mound of dead mexican soldiers if the good guys were armed with 14's. :D
That movie with the Nimits was pretty cool wasn't it? I haven't seen it in quite a while. I served on the USS Midway for a few years and there is nothing in the world compared to the power of a modern carrier in our fleet. Even one as old as the Midway or the nimits. Midway was one tough old boat. Too bad about her decom, but at least it's a museum now in san Diego instead of being turned into chryslers.
 
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