M16A2 Assault Rifle Report by Jester, Rocky
The M16A2 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 1960’s. 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 M203.