M4 5.56mm carbine

This item is HIRE ONLY for use by a recognised Film, TV, Commercials or Theatre production company.




The M4 Carbine has a history dating back to earlier carbine versions of the M16 rifle, all based on the original AR15 rifle designed by Eugene Stoner and made originally by Armalite from 1963.

Chambered for the 5.56mm cartridge, the M4 is a shorter and lighter version of the M16A2 rifle. The M4 has single shot or full auto and can be fitted with a number of sights, laser pointers, range finders and also an underslung M203 40mm grenade launcher.

The M4 carbine is extensively used by the US military, it is likely to become the standard weapon, replacing the M16 rifle.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, the M4 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.

The examples pictured on the right are -

Top picture:  Standard M4 with iron sights.

Second picture: M4 is fitted with an ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight), picatinny rails and a laser pointer.

Third picture:, an M4 fitted with an M203 40mm grenade launcher.

Bottom picture: A profile view of an M4 with ACOG sight , picatinny rails and a laser pointer fitted.

Film Set Notes

M4 Carbines are becoming increasingly seen and used on camera. They have a lot of possibilities in how the sights/pointers/accessories are fitted, so can always look ‘interesting’. They are reliable, actor friendly, useable in confined spaces and with their short barrel, give an excellent flash.

The 40mm launcher being fired with a black powder cartridge gives an added dimension to this weapon.

A significant bonus is that using regular blank loads you can safely get the camera in extremely close to a firing M4 for very dramatic shots… not an option with many other weapons.