M16A2 5.56mm rifle

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The M16 rifle, based on the original AR15 rifle designed by Eugene Stoner and made by Armalite from 1963, has evolved to its current incarnation… the M16A2.

Chambered for the 5.56mm cartridge, the M16A2 rifle can fire single shots or full auto and can be fitted with an number of sights and an underslung M203 40mm grenade launcher.

The Marines were the first branch of the U.S. Armed Forces to adopt the M16A2 in the early/mid 1980s with the United States Army following suit in the late 1980s.

It is currently the standard weapon of the US military but is being slowly being supeceded by its smaller and more handleable brother, the M4 carbine.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, the M16A2 is seen wherever US and allied forces and peacekeeping troops are deployed, it is very current and can be configured in a number of different ways depending on it’s role requirements.

Foxtrot example shown here is an M16A2, it is chambered for 5.56mm, is fitted with dark grey polymer furniture, the metal parts are in a military phosphate finsh.

Film Set Notes

M16s are reliable and actor friendly and give an excellent flash.

A dramatic bonus is that with regular blank loads you can safely get the camera in, really close to a firing M16… not an option with many other weapons.