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 issued without cleaning kits, which resulted in the rifles jamming frequently. Some soldiers and Marines died because of this so the government issued cleaning kits and started to chrome the insides of the bolt action and barrel to make it resistant to corrosion. They also changed the type of powder used in the round, originally ball powder which burned "dirty" adding to the corrosion, with stick powder, which burned "clean".
The rifle has undergone many changes, the A-2 version has a 30 round magazine and improved ergonomics. the A-3 has a rail system that replaces the carry handle, and the a-4 has a rail system that replaces the hand guard.
During the Vietnam conflict the weapon showed many positives and negatives, the plastic stock tended to break during hand to hand combat, the rear sight was difficult to adjust, and the magazine failed regularly.