M16A2 Assault Rifle
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replaced the M16A1 in U.S. Army service in 1983.
It is essentially an improved M16A1. Major changes
include: a switch from full automatic to 3-round
burst capability; a heavier barrel; improved
sights; new, stronger plastic buttstock, handguard,
and pistol grip.
The M16A2 is a further development
of the standard U.S. battle rifle since 1967,
the M16A1. The weapon was originally designed
by Eugene Stoner, of Armalite. Production was
licensed to Colt in 1959 and the weapon gradually
replaced the M14 in U.S. service through the
1960s. The weapon, chambered for 5.56x45mm
NATO calibre, has been a mainstay of the U.S.
military ever since.
The weapon can be fitted
with a 40mm, single-shot grenade launcher. See