With a lineage spanning major battles and numerous upgraded variations, the M16 is a highly effective and frequently used 5.56-caliber rifle.
The M16 is a significant innovation in human warfare and one of the most ubiquitous 5.56-caliber weapons in the world, with over 8 million in use. It has been a standard-issue service weapon since the 1960s and has been used in major conflicts worldwide. Despite being phased out, the M16’s legacy will continue. The M16A1 addressed initial design flaws, and the M16A2 was developed with improvements such as a birdcage compensator, adjustable rear sight, and a three-round burst firing mode. The M16A4 replaced the A2’s fixed carry-handle iron sights with a flat-top Picatinny rail, allowing for attachments such as a carry-handle sight or a glass optic.