Overview

The M16 was first introduced in 1958 and was revolutionary for its time as it was made of lightweight materials including special aluminium and plastics, which had previously not been used in mainstream weapons. It was first adopted by US Special Forces and airborne troops in 1962 before it was issued to Army and Marine units serving in the Vietnam War (1955-1975). Its use spread throughout the following decades and a number of variants including submachine and carbine versions were also fielded. It was not only ...
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The M16

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Overview

The M16 was first introduced in 1958 and was revolutionary for its time as it was made of lightweight materials including special aluminium and plastics, which had previously not been used in mainstream weapons. It was first adopted by US Special Forces and airborne troops in 1962 before it was issued to Army and Marine units serving in the Vietnam War (1955-1975). Its use spread throughout the following decades and a number of variants including submachine and carbine versions were also fielded. It was not only the rifle itself that proved revolutionary. The 5.56x45mm cartridge was also ground-breaking and was eventually adopted as the standard NATO cartridge. As a result it is now amongst the three most used combat cartridges in the world while over 10 million M16s and variants have been produced making it one of the most successful American handheld weapons in history . But despite its undeniable success the M16 is not without its detractors. Indeed, the "black rifle", as it is known, is one of the most controversial rifles ever introduced with a long history of design defects, ruggedness issues, cleaning difficulties and reliability problems leading to endless technical refinements. The story is not over either. The M16 is still in production to this day ensuring that its use in future conflicts as well as its impact on world affairs is assured. This volume, written by a Vietnam Special Forces veteran, provides a technical history of the M16 and the struggle to perfect it together with an assessment of its impact on the battlefield drawing on over a decade's combat experience with the rifle.


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Editorial Reviews

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"Author Rottman does a superb job of covering the idea, development and manufacture of the M16, a gun that has easily seen over 8,000,000 units produced both here and overseas... It all makes for another fine book and if you are interested in weapons, then this book would make a fine addition to your library." - Scott Van Aken, Modelling Madness
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849088916
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Series: Weapon , #14
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 662,498
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.


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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    good history

    Good history on the m16 rifle . Easy to read .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    n00B

    Hey x-ar-15 m16 platform guy tell that to a truck full of navy SEALs armed with m4's!those platforms are frikin BA!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Red dog

    Tell that to the marines in a humvee killing terrorist so they dont come 2 the u.s and blow ur house up.so quit talking u poc .anyways if ur so good at guns........then how come nobody uses the f.a.l anymore

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    M16 sucks

    I always have hated the M16/AR-15 platform. The 5.56 is equal to the .223 as the 7.62 about a 30'06. So I like the AR-10 better and the SA-58 FN FAL. (Both 7.62) Do not care for the M9 ethier.

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