M16- Americas Hero!

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Joe Legere
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U.S. History

America’s M16 Assault Rifle

The M16 has evolved along with American Warfare. The M16 start off with a Research Project funded by the Army. The first model of the M16 rifle was the M16A1 which had many problems.(Wikimedia 1) The next model was the m16a2 which was the successor of the M16A1 that didn’t have the same problems. The following model was the M16A3 which was a newer more advanced M16 compared to the M16A2.(Wikimedia 1) Following the M16A3 was the M16A4 rifle that was even more sophisticated and technologically advanced than its earlier model. America had adopted the M16 and improved it until it became the weapon of choice in modern warfare.

The origin of the M16 assault rifle came from the Operations Research Office soon after the end of the Korean war.(Gunpedia 1) This operation was funded at Hopkins University which was sponsored by the United States Army.(Gunpedia 1) In 1963, an American company named Colt received and order of 19,000 rifles for the United States Airforce.(Gunpedia 1) Thus the M16A1 is born. Then in 1966 the United States government put in a large purchase of 840,000 rifles to support the growing number of troops being stationed in Vietnam.(Gunpedia 1) The M16A1 proved most ineffective during the war in Vietnam. This was because the M16A1 rifle had a jamming problem and the troops using this weapon were not prepared to clean it and keep it up on its maintenance.(Wikimedia 1) With the occasional jam many casualties occurred. This forced Colt to develop a new weapon that would not retain some of the flaws of the old rifle. Thus the M16A2 was born. This new rifle did not show any of the old rifles problems and was used to replace its older version.(Gunpedia 1) As the years went by many innovations and improvements were made to the M16A2 assault rifle which led to the creation of the M16A3 and the M16A4 rifles.(Wikipedia 1) These newer models both came out by 1996.(Gunpedia 1)...
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