The History of the M16

While the adoption of the M16 had plenty of bumps and controversy, not to mention un-refined early adoptions, the forge of warfare has refined and honed the M16 into the “black rifle” known the world over.

Like the M60 machine gun, the M-16 is another rifle that can trace its roots to the changing warfare of World War II. The drastically different tactics used in World War II caused nations to re-think the firepower used by their riflemen, ultimately causing the US to drop the .30 cal cartridge for the standard rifleman and pick up an intermediate cartridge.

While the adoption of the M16 had plenty of bumps and controversy, not to mention un-refined early adoptions, the forge of warfare has refined and honed the M16 into the “black rifle” known the world over.

Another fascinating video video covering the history of America’s rifle – both in its military history and how it has shaped entertainment.

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