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Was America’s M16 rifle a bad weapon to fight North Vietnam | National Interest
030124-N-4048T-006 At sea aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Jan. 24, 2003 -- Chief BoatswainÕs Mate Antonio Diaz fires an M16-A2 rifle with M203 grenade launcher attached. Kearsarge is currently underway on an unscheduled deployment for possible service in the Central Command Area of Responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate 2nd Class Alicia Tasz. (RELEASED)

Was America’s M16 rifle a bad weapon to fight North Vietnam | National Interest

The M16 was considered a golden-child when chosen to replace the M14 during the Vietnam war, being used by the Army, the Marines, and leading the Air Force to purchase 104,000 of them. Infantrymen and Special Forces alike used the newly praised weapon after many critics were won over despite the new weapon of choice having certain plastic parts instead of wood or metal ones. In 1966 however the rumors of misfires, failing to feed, and failing to extract began to fly.

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