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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, August 5, 2021

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

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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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