Vietnam:M-16

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M-16
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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
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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, new.
Weaknesses:
Lower range, less power, unreliable.
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


Real Life

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 M14 (what had been developed from M1 Garand) as the standard rifle for all infantry because 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 much 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 5.56 x 45mm NATO round was more lethal and had more stopping power than the AK-47's 7.62 x 39mm round.The M-16 has been replaced by its successor 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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