M16 rifle facts for kids
|Rifle, 5.56 mm, M16|
From top to bottom: M16A1, M16A2, M4A1, M16A4
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||See Users|
Laotian Civil War
Cambodian Civil War
Communist Insurgency War
Lebanese Civil War
Salvadoran Civil War
1982 Lebanon War
Invasion of Grenada
South Lebanon conflict (1985–2000)
Bougainville Civil War
United States invasion of Panama
Persian Gulf War
Somali Civil War
Operation Deny Flight
Operation Joint Endeavor
Nepalese Civil War
1996 Gangneung submarine infiltration incident
War in Afghanistan
2006 Lebanon War
Mexican Drug War
2010 Rio de Janeiro Security Crisis
Syrian civil war
2013 Lahad Datu standoff
2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine
Iraq War (2014–present)
|Designer||Eugene Stoner and L. James Sullivan|
|Manufacturer||* Colt's Manufacturing Company
|Number built||about 8 million|
|Weight||7.18 lb (3.26 kg) (unloaded)
8.79 lb (3.99 kg) (loaded)
|Length||39.5 in (1,003 mm)|
|Barrel length||20 in (508 mm)|
|Action||Gas-operated, rotating bolt (direct impingement)|
|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 m (601 yd) (point target)
800 m (875 yd) (area target)
|Maximum range||3,600 m (3,937 yd)|
|Feed system||20-round detachable box magazine:
0.211 lb (96 g) empty / 0.738 lb (335 g) full
30-round detachable box magazine:
0.257 lb (117 g) empty / 1.06 lb (480 g) full)
Beta C-Mag 100-round double-lobed drum:
2.20 lb (1,000 g) empty / 4.81 lb (2,180 g) full)
The M16 is an assault rifle used by the United States since the Vietnam War in 1963, based on the AR-15. Since 1975, the M16 has been used by many different countries. First designed by Eugene Stoner in the United States of America, it is currently the standard infantry rifle used by the United States Military Forces. The rifle is being used by over 80 nations.
The M16 uses the 5.56mm NATO (.223) caliber cartridge, with a muzzle velocity (the speed of bullet leaving the rifle) of over 900 meters per second (over 3,000 feet per second), and has a maximum effective range (the maximum distance that the bullet is deadly) of 550 meters, with a rate of fire (how fast the gun shoots) of approximately 800 rounds per minute. The M16A1 can shoot fully automatic and semi automatic; other versions have three-round-burst fire and semi-automatic, and the M4A1 Carbine retains full automatic and semi automatic fire. The M16 normally holds 30 bullets in its magazine, but there are variants of the magazine that hold only 20 bullets.
There is also an M16 variant for the Canadian Army called Diemaco C-7. The Diemaco C-7 rifles have maple leaves on the left side.
Images for kids
A U.S. Soldier cleans his XM16E1 during the Vietnam War in 1966.
Front cover - The M16A1 Rifle - Operation and Preventive Maintenance by Will Eisner
United States Marine Corps M16A4 rifle with Picatinny rail and foregrip.
A United States Air Force GAU-5/A carbine
Canadian Forces Reserve infantrymen train in urban operations with C7 and C8 rifles.
Monegasque Carabinier with M16 rifle.
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