Friday, March 2, 2012

M-16 rifle

M-16 rifle

M-16 rifle
 M-16 rifle, developed by E. Stouner, who was working for the Armalite company. Several years later Colt company bought a license to produce this rifle.
Later in 1962 the    M-16 rifle   was designated as the  M-16 rifle  when it was sent to the US Army for trials. After a long trial period including trials in Vietnam it entered service with the US Army in 1967 as the Colt M16A1. Recently the M-16 rifle with it's variants is in service with over 50 countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and many other. It is one of the best firearms automatic rifle in the world.
The main feature of this rifle was a small-bore cartridge type with an understabilized bullet due to the barrel rifling. When such bullet hits target it looses stability and starts tumbling making deep lacerated wounds.
The other important feature of the M16 is its progressive design. It's barrel is on the same axis with the buttstock what prevents riffle from tossing after every shot. This feature greatly increases it's fire accuracy. It has new sight, intended for 800 meters range. Foregrip, and buttstock and pistol grip are made from harder materials. Furthermore foregrip has a different shape. Riffle is fitted with a new, more effective muzzle brake. Cartridge case ejection port is completed with a deflector to prevent an empty case hitting the face.

All variants of the  M-16 rifle are completed with the dioptric sight,   M-16 rifle although every there type of sight can be fitted. Automatic rifles can be also fitted with the M203 40-mm underbarrel grenade launcher and knife-bayonet. Some types of the flash hiders are used to cut barbed wire by inserting the wire inside the flash hider and firing.
  M-16 rifle Advantages: It features very good fire accuracy.  M16 Carrying handle makes it more comfortable to carry in the battlefield. Rifle is well balance, and has very weak recoil.
Disadvantages: Not too reliable design, tends to jam.

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