A modern, modular assault rifle, in use by active duty, frontline units in the US Army and Marine Corps. It is the forerunner to the M16A2, which was in use from the early 1980's, to even now. While in less use than the M16A2, it is more effective.
Arguably a better rifle than its predecessors, the M16A4 is a rifle based on the AR15 platform. It features removable sights, a picatinny rail, fore grip rails, detachable carrying rail, and is slightly higher quality than the M16A2, all around. It utilizes a direct gas-diversion system, along with a rotating bolt. The magazines are generally 30-round ones, loaded with Mk. 262 or M855 5.56x45mm ball ammunition. It has a safe/semi-automatic/three-round burst selector switch.
Reliability in the M16A4 is solid; one is capable of firing upwards of 1,000 standard, ball rounds through a decently maintained rifle, with STANAG magazines, without a single jam or malfunction. While disputably not as good as the AK platform, it is a far cry from the M16(A0), and is a step up from the M16A2.
The M16A4 isn't worthy of its tarnished reputation, in reality. The M16 was an AR15, heavily modified from Eugene Stoner's designs, by Lyndon Johnson's DoD.
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