Vietnam:M-16

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| desc  = A new weapon at the time, good for medium range fighting.
 
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== Real Life ==
 
== Real Life ==
In real life the first made M-16s were okay. They jammed frequently, ought to the wrong powder being put in it and when it first came to Vietnam people thought that it wouldn't have to be cleaned. The newer versions of the M16 didn't jam often because they replaced the ball powder with the original DuPont IMR powder and had a 30 round clip. M-16 replaced the M-14 as the standard rifle for all infantry becouse it was lighter, had less kickback and faster rate of fire.  
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In real life, the M16's had many positives and negatives. Commonly known is that they were extremely unreliable. This was due to lack of maintenance and cleaning, the wrong gunpowder being used, and barrel corrosion. Despite this setback, the M16 did have its advantages. It fired the 5.56x45mm NATO round, which is a very lightweight round, so the user can carry much more ammunition and can fire much more controllably. Even though it was light, the 5.56 has impressive stopping power due to it's yawing or tumbling effect; on the other hand, it lacks penetration.  
  
In Vietnam, the M16 had the upper hand over the AK-47. It could fire more quickly, weighed 2/3rds of the AK-47, a soldier could carry twice as ammunition, the stock was made of steel doing more damage than the AK-47's wood stock, had a much further range, far better accuracy, and unlike the AK-47's high kickback and muzzle climb, the M16 had little kickback. The AK-47 had a significant edge in reliability and a moderate one in stopping power and penetration. (Although it should be noted that stopping power and lethality are 2 different things, and that the M16 actually had the edge in the latter)
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The M16 itself is much lighter than the AK-47 and M14 and was much more sustainable when firing, even at its much higher firing rate. It exceeds the AK-47 in both range and precision. It also has a bit more stopping power than the AK-47, yet has only slightly more than half the penetrating power of the AK-47.
  
M-16 has been replaced by its sucessor the M4 as the standard battle rifle of the U.S. army (M4A1), but still remains the standard rifle of the U.S. Marines (M16A4), although the M16 has had mass improvements since Vietnam use. '''Some parts were also made of plastic giving it a space age look at the time.'''
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It wasn't until the M16A1 came out that the M16 truly shined. The reliability problem was solved. Cleaning kits were issued, barrel corrosion was prevented by adding chrome lining to the barrel, and the M16's original gunpowder (the only one it was approved to use), IMR gunpowder, replaced the ball powder the military had been using.
 
[[Category:Vietnam Weapons]]
 
[[Category:Vietnam Weapons]]

Latest revision as of 01:59, 4 August 2016

M-16
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M-16.png
Weapon stats:
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Maximum damage; the minimum is always 1 Effective firing range, in pixels (for reference, the game field is 400px wide by 600px tall) Firing rate, in rounds per burst. All guns have the same actual rate, this just says how many in one burst. Clip size Reload time, in ticks (20 ticks = 1 second); the less, the better; the unit's exp is deducted from this value, getting faster as it ranks up
? ? ? 30 ?
CQC (close quarter combat) bonus multiplier; the unit's rifle skill is multiplied by this value when firing at a distance of 100px or less Range malus; the unit's rifle skill is divided by this penalty when firing beyond the weapon's range AP (anti-personnel) explosion radius; area of the blast that damages all units, but deals reduced damage to vehicles AT (anti-tank) explosion radius; area of the blast that deals special damage to mechanical units Gib explosion radius; area of the blast that blows all organic units caught in it to pieces
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Strengths:
Large payload, higher fire rate.
Weaknesses:
Lower range, less power, less reliable.
Description:
A new weapon at the time, good for medium range fighting.

Relatively new weapon at the time, shorter range than M-14, but more payload.


M-16.png<-- M-16 compared to M-14 -->M-14.png

Advantages of M-16

  • Higher Payload
  • Faster Rate of Fire

Advantages of M-14

  • Higher Range
  • More Stopping Power


[edit] Real Life

In real life, the M16's had many positives and negatives. Commonly known is that they were extremely unreliable. This was due to lack of maintenance and cleaning, the wrong gunpowder being used, and barrel corrosion. Despite this setback, the M16 did have its advantages. It fired the 5.56x45mm NATO round, which is a very lightweight round, so the user can carry much more ammunition and can fire much more controllably. Even though it was light, the 5.56 has impressive stopping power due to it's yawing or tumbling effect; on the other hand, it lacks penetration.

The M16 itself is much lighter than the AK-47 and M14 and was much more sustainable when firing, even at its much higher firing rate. It exceeds the AK-47 in both range and precision. It also has a bit more stopping power than the AK-47, yet has only slightly more than half the penetrating power of the AK-47.

It wasn't until the M16A1 came out that the M16 truly shined. The reliability problem was solved. Cleaning kits were issued, barrel corrosion was prevented by adding chrome lining to the barrel, and the M16's original gunpowder (the only one it was approved to use), IMR gunpowder, replaced the ball powder the military had been using.

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