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 M16's had many positives and negatives. Commonly known, they where 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 light weight round, so the user can carry much more ammunition, and can fire much more controllably. Despite it's size, 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 AK-47 and M14, and was much more substainable when firing, even at it's much higher firing rate. It far outranges and is far more precise than the AK-47. It also has a bit more stopping power than the AK-47, yet only has a little bit more than half the penetrating power of the AK-47.

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

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