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Post subject: THE EVOLUTION OF THE BLACK RIFLE -
Post Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:36 am
Below is just the beginning of an article I found interesting and informational. If this tidbit intrigues you, the link at the bottom of the page will take you to the complete article at it's source :D



FROM VIETNAM TO THE WAR ON TERROR, THIS EVER-CHANGING RIFLE SYSTEM CONTINUES TO EVOLVE


Every war is different. Every battleground has diverse characteristics. Each mission, whether a military role or civilian law enforcement detail varies greatly in its specific purposes. It seems almost impossible on the surface that a single weapon system could adapt and function in such a range of climates and missions, but the familiar M16 is still going strong. From a lightweight carbine to a heavy barreled LMG, the M16 weapon system has been fulfilling the role of America's primary service weapon for more than 40 years and it doesn't seem it will be replaced wholesale anytime soon.

The earliest history of the inception and design of the black rifle bas been chronicled numerous times and it is not the intent of this author to rehash this historical material other than a very brief and condensed historical summary. There are many credible sources for this information including The Complete AR-15/M16 Sourcebook by Duncan Long, The Black Rifle I by Blake Stevens, Black Rifle II by Christopher R. Bartocci and an extensive Colt M16 ID Guide in the Machine Gun Dealers Bible by Dan Shea. This article will focus on the versatility of the M16, the characteristics that have allowed the metamorphosis from the original designs to the current battle rifle of the 21st century and possibly beyond.

Although there are a countless number of model designations for these rifles from numerous manufacturers, for simplicity purposes in this article, the designation "M16" can be assumed to be a fully automatic rifle while the designation "AR-15" makes reference to the semiautomatic version.

http://www.smallarmsreview.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=116

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