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Old 04-11-2013, 12:22 AM   #386
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The M16 rifle, officially designated Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M16, is the United States military select-fire adaptation of the AR-15 rifle. The rifle was adapted for semi-automatic and full-automatic fire.. Colt purchased the rights to the AR-15 from ArmaLite, and currently uses that designation only for semi-automatic versions of the rifle. The M16 fires the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge. The rifle entered United States Army service and was deployed for jungle warfare operations in South Vietnam in 1963,becoming the U.S. military's standard service rifle of the Vietnam War by 1969, replacing the M14 rifle in that role. The U.S. Army retained the M14 in CONUS, Europe, and South Korea until 1970. In 1983 with the adoption of the M16A2, the M16 rifle was modified for 3 round bursts, with some later variants having all modes of fire and has been the primary service rifle of the U.S. armed forces...

The M16 is a lightweight, 5.56 mm, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed assault rifle, with a rotating bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation. The rifle is made of steel, 7075 aluminum alloy, composite plastics and polymer materials..ArmaLite sold its rights to the AR-15 to Colt in 1959.. The AR-15 was first adopted in 1962 by the United States Air Force, ultimately receiving the designation M16. The U.S. Army began to field the XM16E1 en masse in 1965 with most of them going to the Republic of Vietnam, and the newly organized and experimental Airmobile Divisions, the 1st Air Cavalry Division in particular. The U.S. Marine Corps in South Vietnam also experimented with the M16 rifle in combat during this period. This occurred in the early 1960s, with the Army issuing it in late 1964.. Commercial AR-15s were first issued to Special Forces troops in spring of 1964..The M16 rifle is principally manufactured by Colt and Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (under a U.S. military contract since 1988 by FNH-USA; currently in production since 1991, primarily M16A2, A3, and A4), with variants made elsewhere in the world. Versions for the U.S. military have also been made by H & R Firearms General Motors Hydramatic Division and most recently by Sabre Defence...

The first 7075 was developed in secret by a Japanese company, Sumitomo Metal, in 1936.. 7075 was used for the Mitsubishi A6M (1613 March 27 – The first English child is born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy + The territory of Kuwait is founded..) Zero fighter's air frame for the Imperial Japanese Navy starting in 1940..They say Japan was made by a sword.. They say the old gods dipped a coral blade into the ocean, and when they pulled it out 4 perfect drops fell back into the sea, and those drops became the islands of Japan.. I say, Japan was made by a handful of brave men. Warriors, willing to give their lives for what seems to have become a forgotten word: honour..The M16A4 rifle was standard issue for the United States Marine Corps in Operation Iraqi Freedom (20 March 2003 – 15 December 2011 (8 years, 8 months (= 16 ) , 3 weeks and 4 days)after 2004 and replaced the M16A2 in front line units..The M16A4 has a flat-top receiver developed for the M4 carbine, a handguard with 4 Picatinny rails for mounting a sight, laser, night vision device, forward handgrip, (13)M203 (2+3=5) grenade launcher, removable handle, or a flashlight..Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal ( National Factory of Herstal) — self identified as FN Herstal and often referred to as Fabrique Nationale or simply FN — is a firearms manufacturer located in Herstal, Belgium..It is currently the largest exporter of military arms in E-urope..The Army immediately began to issue the XM16E1 to infantry units. However, the rifle was initially delivered without adequate cleaning supplies or instructions and so, when the M16 reached Vietnam with U.S. troops in March 1965, reports of stoppages in combat began to surface..We left with 72 men in our platoon and came back with 19, Believe it or not, you know what killed most of us?Our own rifle. Practically every one of our dead was found with his [M16] torn down next to him where he had been trying to fix it...

—Marine Corps Rifleman, Vietnam..

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