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 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.

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