M16-A1. Weapon Spec’s at bottom of page
Originally the AR-15 until Colt, weapons manufacturer, purchased the rights and renamed it the M16 Automatic Rifle
4 different versions of the M16 ranging from the a1 to a4 are currently in production. As seen above, each gun can be equipped with a grenade launcher weapons mod, scope and many more
Maximum effective range of the M16a1 is 450 meters before ammo burnout
Many weapon mods are available. Above is a powerful sniper scope modification which adds accuracy to shooting at great distances.
The m16a1 began production in 1963.
Chambers bored to fire the M193 an M196 cartridges in early production and service.
Special forces troops were the first soldiers to carry the M16A1 in 1964.
The second version of the M16, the M16A2, was put into service in 1980.
Using select fire technology which means it could fire in 3 round bursts which was specifically requested by the marine corps.
The cartridge size increased, thanks to belgium designers, to the M855 and M856
The barrel was extended by 5/8’s and the weight of the barrel was increased for balance reasons.
The Marine Corps, Air force, Coast guard and U.S. Navy, still to this very day, use the M16-A2
Not much changed from the A2 to the A3. The M16A3 actually went back to the A1’s firing control group and the detachable carrying handle that is used exclusively by the U.S. Navy.
Grenade launcher Mod on the A3
Close up of the stock on a M16-A3 Professional weapons training system the Systema
The M16-A4 was first introduced and put into service during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was standard issue for the Marine Corps.
Colt introduced variations of the M16 which increased range before burnout. This sniper mod was basically an extended barrel length and the addition of a sniper scope mounted on the slide
A well used M16-A4. Picture taken by a soldier
Specs of the M16A2
Weight: 7.8 lb – 3.5 kg – unloaded
8.79 lb: 4.0 kg loaded
Length: 39.625 in – 1,010 mm
Barrel length: 20 in 508 mm
Cartridge: 5.56x45mm NATO
Action: Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire: 12-15 rounds/min sustained, 45-60 rounds/min semi-automatic, & 700–950 rounds/min cyclic:
Muzzle velocity: 3,110 ft/s 948 m/s
Effective range: 550 Meters – point target, 800 Meters – area target
History of production
Designer: Eugene Stoner
L. James Sullivan
Designed in 1957
H & R Firearms
General Motors Hydramatic Division
Number produced: ~8 million and counting
See the M16 5.56mm rifle on Colts official website
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