In the Vietnam War, while North Vietnamese forces were equipped with the AK-47, a reliable assault rifle, US forces introduced the M16, which was advanced but had serious flaws. The M16 frequently jammed in combat, leading to fatal consequences for US soldiers. A public scandal emerged, resulting in a Congressional investigation revealing the M16’s deficiencies. To address the issue, the US Army produced a comic book manual by artist Will Eisner to guide soldiers on maintaining the M16.
- The AK-47, provided to North Vietnamese forces, was a dependable rifle, while the US’s M16 had numerous malfunctions in the field.
- Many US soldiers lost their lives due to the M16’s frequent jamming during combat.
- Congressional investigations identified problems with the M16, including faulty ammunition powder and a frail magazine design.
- Despite its issues, military leaders defended the M16, even when the enemy left behind the “worthless” rifles after engagements.
- To address the M16’s issues, the US Army distributed a comic book-style manual on its maintenance, created by famed artist Will Eisner.