What caliber bullet does an M16 shoot?

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What caliber bullet does an M16 shoot?

Caliber 5.56 mm
The M16 rifle (officially designated Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M16) is a family of military rifles adapted from the ArmaLite AR-15 rifle for the United States military. The original M16 rifle was a 5.56×45mm automatic rifle with a 20-round magazine.

What caliber was the M16 used in Vietnam?

The 7.62 cartridge (. 308) was similar to but less powerful than the . 308 Winchester hunting cartridge. The weapon featured a pistol grip, carrying handle, and loaded from a twenty-round magazine.

Why is the M16 so popular?

The M16 had a higher rate of fire, 700-950 rpm compared to the 600 rpm of the AK-47, and most shooters — including those that have used the weapons in combat — have tended to agree that the M16 is the more accurate. A trade-off is that the accuracy and range don’t equate to penetration.

What is a designated marksman rifle?

Most designated marksman rifles are based on modified designs of an assault rifle currently issued by a nation’s military, or on a battle rifle that was formerly issued. The ammunitions used are often of the same caliber as that of the squad automatic weapons within the same combat unit, typically a fully powered cartridge such as the 7.62 mm NATO.

What does M16A3 stand for?

The M16A3 Assault Rifle ( Colt 901) is an American assault rifle developed from the M16A2 as a version capable of fully-automatic fire. Original production model from 1959, produced from 1963.

Can the M16/AR15 be used for law enforcement?

It is possible to build a highly accurate rifle on the M16/AR15 platform at very little cost; a very important consideration for law enforcement agencies on a limited budget. Because of limitations of the caliber, a law enforcement team would want to field a .308 or similar caliber rifle as well.

What is an M16 rifle?

The original M16 rifle was a 5.56×45mm automatic rifle with a 20-round magazine. In 1964, the M16 entered US military service and the following year was deployed for jungle warfare operations during the Vietnam War.

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