Relatively new weapon at the time, shorter range than M-14, but more payload.
Advantages of M-16
- Higher Payload
- Faster Rate of Fire
Advantages of M-14
- Higher Range
- More Stopping Power
In real life the first made M-16s were okay. They jammed frequently (but are very reliable when cleaned daily), 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. The M-16 replaced the M1 Garand as the standard rifle for all infantry becouse it was lighter, had less kickback and a faster rate of fire.
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 and penetration, but the M16's tumbling 5.56x45mm NATO round was more lethal and had more stopping power than the AK-47's 7.62x39mm NATO round. M-16 has been replaced by its sucessor the M4 as the standard battle rifle of the U.S. army (M4A1), but still remains the standard rifle of the U.S. Marines (M16A4), although the M16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.