The M16 rifle, officially selected Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M16, is a united states military adaptation of the Armalite AR-15 rifle.The original M16 was a select-fire, 5.56×45mm rifle with a 20-round magazine.
In 1964, the M16 entered american military service and also the following year was deployed for jungle warfare operations throughout the vietnam war. In 1969, the M16A1 replaced the M14 rifle to become the U.S. military’s standard service rifle. The M16A1 enhancements include a bolt-assist, chrome plated bore and a new 30-round magazine. In 1983, the U.S. marine corps adopted the M16A2 rifle and the U.S. Army adopted it in 1986. The M16A2 fires the improved five.56×45mm world organization (M855/SS109) cartridge and contains a new adjustable rear sight, case deflector, heavy barrel, improved handguard, pistol grip and buttstock, as well as a semi-auto and three-round burst only fire selector. Adopted in 1998, the M16A4 is the fourth generation of the M16 series. it is equipped with a removable carrying handle and Picatinny rail for mounting optics and other ancillary devices.
The M16 has also been widely adopted by different militaries around the world. Total worldwide production of M16s has been about 8 million, making it the most-produced firearm of its 5.56 mm caliber. The U.S. Army has largely replaced the M16 in combat units with the shorter and lighter M4 carbine, and the U.S. Marine Corps approved a similar amendment in october 2015.
- Type: Assault Rifle
- Ammo: 5.56mm, 30 shots per clip
- Capacity: 500
- Power: Low
- Effective Range: Mid
- Stability: Low
- Firing Rate: High