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The M16A2 is a 5.56 mm assault rifle that has made appearances in ArmA: Cold War Assault, ArmA: Armed Assault, and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

« The M16 Assault Rifle series of weapons developed from research conducted by the U.S. Army's Operations Research Office (ORO), created at Johns Hopkins University in September 1948. As the United States Army's standard-issue rifle, the M16 is a reliable and accurate weapon (although prone to jamming, as it's relatively easy for dirt to get into the chamber and magazine).
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M16A2 5.56 mm
OFP-icon-m16a2
Faction United States
Type Assault Rifle
Caliber 5.56×45 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
30
Variants M16A2 GL
Games
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The M16A2 is a 5.56 mm assault rifle exclusively used by U.S. military forces in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview

The M16A2 is a gas operated, selective fire assault rifle that is chambered to fire the 5.56×45 mm NATO round.

It loads from 30 round magazines and can attain a fire rate of up to 857 rounds per minute, with a muzzle velocity of 990 m/s. Its has an effective range of up to 450 metres.

The M16A2 was the standard issue service weapon of the U.S. Armed Forces at the height of the Everon islands crisis. Along with its Soviet counterpart, it is one of the two staple weapons that can be used in Cold War Assault. However, compared to the AK-74's 5.45 mm round, the 5.56 mm NATO round that the M16A2 uses is more accurate when firing in semi-automatic mode at medium-long ranges. The M16A2 is also able to (unique to both the M16A2 and the XM-177E2) launch rifle grenades from its muzzle.

In terms of drawbacks, the M16A2 is restricted to toggling between semi-auto and 3-round burst fire modes only. This makes it comparatively less effective in close quarters since the AK-74's shooter will always be able to fire without interruption (even if they miss). In contrast, the M16A2's operator will be left vulnerable for a split second if they miss their initial burst.

Variants

M16A2 GL

M16A2 GL 5.56 mm
OFP-icon-m16a2gl
Faction United States
Type Assault Rifle / UGL
Caliber 5.56×45 mm NATO / 40 mm
Magazine
capacity
30 / 1
Variants M16A2
Games
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The M16A2 GL is a modified version of the baseline M16A2 rifle that has an underbarrel grenade launcher fitted onto it.

While identical in most aspects, the M16A2 GL's sole downside is that it cannot utilise its parent weapon's ability to fire rifle grenades from the muzzle; though it's not necessarily a downside given that it already has an underbarrel grenade launcher to begin with.

The M16A2's M203 grenade launcher can launch either high-explosive (HE) or flare rounds, and is accurate at distances of up 250 metres away.

Trivia

  • First developed in the 1980s at the request of the U.S. Marine Corps to replace the M16A1, it remains in use with the armed forces of over 80 countries worldwide, with over 8 million having been produced thus far.
  • Although not technically anachronistic, the M16A2 did not actually start replacing the M16A1 in U.S. Army service until the late 1980s. Prior to this, it was only used by the U.S. Marine Corps (U.S. forces in Cold War Assault predominately consist of units from the U.S. Army).

Gallery

ArmA: Armed Assault

« The M16 assault rifle entered service in 1965 at the onset of the Vietnam War. It answered the Army's need to replace the ill-suited M14 with a lightweight rifle capable of effective automatic fire.
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M16A2 5.56 mm
Arma2-icon-m16a2
Faction RACS
Type Assault Rifle
Caliber 5.56×45 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
30
Variants M16A2 + M203
Games
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The M16A2 is a 5.56 mm assault rifle that is exclusively used by the RACS in ArmA: Armed Assault.

Overview

The M16A2 is a gas operated, selective-fire assault rifle that is chambered to fire the 5.56×45 mm NATO round.

It can load from either 20 round box or 30 round STANAG magazines, has a muzzle velocity of 850 m/s, and can only attain fire rate of up to 600 rounds per minute. The M16A2 is not available in any variant fitted with optical sights/muzzle attachments.

Designed to be a general-purpose rifle, the M16A2 in Armed Assault is the primary service rifle of the RACS military, and is similar both role and performance-wise to the Russian AK-74 wielded by SLA troops.

Performance-wise however, the M16A2 leaves much to be desired and is far inferior to both its modernised counterpart and the G36 series of German-made rifles. As it cannot be fitted with optical sights (both attached and integrated), this limits the M16A2 to a maximum effective range of just 400 metres, as beyond that distance the ironsights are simply too cumbersome to reliably hit targets with.

Variants

M16A2 + M203

M16A2 + M203 5.56 mm
Arma2-icon-m16a2gl
Faction RACS
Type Assault Rifle / UGL
Caliber 5.56×45 mm NATO / 40 mm
Magazine
capacity
30 / 1
Variants M16A2
Games
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Arma2-render-m16a2gl

The M16A2 + M203 is a modified version of the baseline M16A2 rifle that has had an underbarrel grenade launcher fitted onto it.

The M16A2 + M203 is only wielded by RACS grenadier soldiers, and has no functional or performance differences from its parent weapon.

The M203 is capable of launching either conventional high-explosive (HE) grenades or illumination/signal flare shells. It has a leaf sight that is accurate at distances of up to 300 metres.

Trivia

  • On release, the M16A2 had an unrealistically low fire rate of just 400 rounds per minute. This was later corrected to 600 RPM after the release of Patch 1.14, and is also patched correctly by default in the Gold version of the game.

Gallery

ArmA 2

« The M16 assault rifle entered service in 1965 at the onset of the Vietnam War. It answered the Army's need to replace the ill-suited M14 with a lightweight rifle capable of effective automatic fire.
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M16A2 5.56 mm
Arma2-icon-m16a2
Faction - Takistani Army
- Takistani Rebels
Type Assault Rifle
Caliber 5.56×45 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
30
Variants M16A2 M203
Games
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The M16A2 is a 5.56 mm assault rifle that is used by both the Takistani Army and anti-government rebels in ArmA 2.

Overview

The M16A2 is a gas operated, selective-fire assault rifle that is chambered to fire the 5.56×45 mm NATO round.

It can load from either 20 round box or 30 round STANAG magazines shared by its modern counterpart, and is able to attain a rate of fire of up to 800 rounds on burst. The M16A2 does not come in any variant that has either optical accessories or muzzle attachments fitted to it.

Identical to its predecessor in Armed Assault, the M16A2 is often wielded as an alternate primary weapon alongside the heavier FAL rifle carried by Takistani soldiers.

Compared to its Russian counterpart, the M16A2 has better ironsights with a slimmer aiming post, which makes it easier to aim at targets at distances of up to 400 metres away. The M16A2's use of 5.56 mm also allows it to share ammunition with modern assault rifles like the M4A1, or even the Mk16 family of weapons.

Its lack of modularity does mean that isn't nearly as useful compared to other modern rifles though, as is its inability to fire on full auto.

Variants

M16A2 M203

M16A2 M203 5.56 mm
Arma2-icon-m16a2gl
Faction - Takistani Army
- ION
- Takistani Rebels
Type Assault Rifle / UGL
Caliber 5.56×45 mm NATO / 40 mm
Magazine
capacity
30 / 1
Variants M16A2
Games
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The M16A2 M203 is simply a modified version of the baseline M16A2 rifle that has an underbarrel grenade launcher attached to it. It is carried by some ION PMC contractors operating in Takistan, but is otherwise used only by the Takistani Army and anti-government rebels.

Like its parent, it is also chambered to fire the same 5.56 mm NATO round, but has an underbarrel grenade launcher that can fire 40 mm grenades. It is otherwise completely identical in terms of stats and handling.

The M203 has a conventional leaf sight that is accurate at ranges of up to 300 metres.

Trivia

  • Despite being a BLUFOR weapon, it is actually one of the few that are used in large numbers by an OPFOR faction.
  • Like the G36 and XM8 assault rifles, the M16A2 was actually available in ArmA 2 first but would remain unused by any in-game faction until the release of Operation Arrowhead.

Gallery

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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration