NOTE: This article is about M16A2s in the main ArmA games. For the M16A2 featured in ArmA 3's Global Mobilization - Cold War Germany Creator DLC, see M16A2 (Global Mobilization).


The M16A2 is a 5.56 mm assault rifle featured 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).
Weapon Description
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M16A2 5.56 mm
OFP-icon-m16a2.png
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png United States
Type Assault Rifle
Calibre 5.56×45 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.0002 rad (semi)
0.0004 rad (burst)
Variants M16A2 GL
Games
OFP-logo.png
The M16A2 5.56 mm assault rifle.

The M16A2 is used exclusively 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. It 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 Malden Islands Crisis. Along with its Soviet counterpart, it is one of the two staple weapons that can be used in Cold War Assault.

U.S. grenadier armed with the UGL-equipped M16A2.

However, compared to the AK-74's 5.45 mm round, the M16A2's 5.56 mm NATO retains better ballistics when the weapon is fired in 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's main weakness is its lack of a full auto mode as the M16A2 is restricted to toggling between semi-auto and 3-round burst fire.

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.png
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png United States
Type Assault Rifle / UGL
Calibre 5.56×45 mm NATO / 40 mm
Magazine
capacity
30 / 1
Dispersion 0.0002 rad (semi)
0.0004 rad (burst)
Variants M16A2
Games
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The M16A2 GL 5.56 mm assault rifle.

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.


Ammunition

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Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
9 990

For M203 grenade rounds and rifle grenades, refer to its dedicated article here.

Both variants of the M16A2 only support a single type of magazine. It requires one free inventory slot to carry:

M16 Mag.

30-round magazine loaded with 5.56 mm ball ammunition.


Trivia

  • Although technically not anachronistic, the M16A2 didn't actually begin 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 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.
The M16 uses a small, high velocity round with low recoil and good armor penetration, effective to about 500m. After numerous improvements and upgrades throughout its lifespan, the M16A2 remains in service today as the army's basic service rifle.
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M16A2 5.56 mm
Arma2-icon-m16a2.png
Faction Icon-side-greenfor.png RACS
Icon-side-greenfor.png Black Element
Type Assault Rifle
Calibre 5.56×45 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.001 rad (semi)
0.001 rad (burst)
Variants M16A2 + M203
Games
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The M16A2 5.56 mm assault rifle.

The M16A2 is used by both RACS military forces and Black Element PMCs in ArmA: Armed Assault.

Overview

The M16A2 returns from Cold War Assault and serves as a general-purpose 5.56 mm assault rifle.

It can now 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 600 RPM. The M16A2 is not available in any variant fitted with optical sights/muzzle attachments.

The Armed Assault M16A2 is the primary service rifle of the RACS, and is similar role-wise to the Russian AK-74 wielded by SLA troops.

The M16A2's actual performance leaves much to be desired however, and is far inferior to both its modernised counterpart and the G36 series of German-made rifles.

Since 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 any targets with.


Variants

M16A2 + M203

M16A2 + M203 5.56 mm
Arma2-icon-m16a2gl.png
Faction Icon-side-greenfor.png RACS
Type Assault Rifle / UGL
Calibre 5.56×45 mm NATO / 40 mm
Magazine
capacity
30 / 1
Dispersion 0.001 rad (semi)
0.001 rad (burst)
Variants M16A2
Games
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The M16A2 + M203 5.56 mm assault rifle.

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.


Ammunition

Round name Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
5.56×45 mm NATO 8 850
5.56×45 mm NATO SD 7 320

For grenade rounds usable with the M203, refer to its dedicated article here.

Both variants of the M16A2 support being loaded with three types of magazines. They all require one free inventory slot to carry:

30Rnd. Stanag

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Standard 30-round magazine. Does not contain any visible tracers.

30Rnd. Stanag SD

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Specialised magazine loaded with subsonic 5.56 mm ammunition. Identical to regular 30-round STANAGs save for a much lower velocity of 320 m/s.

20Rnd. Stanag

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20-round box magazine used by the Mk12 marksman rifle. Aside from its capacity it is otherwise completely identical to regular 30-round STANAGs.


Trivia

  • On release, Armed Assault's M16A2s 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 adjusted 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.png
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png Takistani Rebels
Type Assault Rifle
Calibre 5.56×45 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.001 rad (semi)
0.001 rad (burst)
Variants M16A2 M203
Games
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The M16A2 5.56 mm assault rifle.

The M16A2 is used by both the Takistani Army and anti-government rebels in ArmA 2.

Overview

Once again returning in ArmA 2, the M16A2 is now used by several more factions but functionally remains the same as its predecessors.

It still loads from either 20-round box or 30-round STANAG magazines shared by its modern counterpart, and is able to attain a fire rate of up to 800 RPM 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 battle rifle carried by most Takistani soldiers.

Compared to its Russian-made 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 M4 carbine, or even the SCAR family of modular 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. Since it doesn't feature any variants fitted with suppressors, the M16A2 is also useless for missions that require stealth.


Variants

M16A2 M203

M16A2 M203 5.56 mm
Arma2-icon-m16a2gl.png
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png ION
Icon-side-greenfor.png Takistani Rebels
Type Assault Rifle / UGL
Calibre 5.56×45 mm NATO / 40 mm
Magazine
capacity
30 / 1
Dispersion 0.001 rad (semi)
0.001 rad (burst)
Variants M16A2
Games
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Arma2-OA-logo.png
The M16A2 M203 5.56 mm assault rifle.

The M16A2 M203 is simply a modified version of the baseline M16A2 rifle that has an underbarrel grenade launcher attached to it.

It is wielded 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.


Ammunition

Round name Base damage value Aerodynamic velocity Initial velocity (m/s)
5.56×45 mm NATO 8 -0.001425 930
5.56×45 mm NATO SD 7 -0.0006 320

For grenade rounds usable with the M203, refer to its dedicated article here.

Both variants of the M16A2 support being loaded with six types of magazines. With the exception of 100-round drums, all others require only one inventory slot to carry (the drums occupy two slots):

30Rnd. STANAG

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Standard 30-round magazine.

Does not contain any visible tracers.

30Rnd. STANAG SD

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Specialised magazine loaded with subsonic 5.56 mm ammunition. Identical to regular 30-round STANAGs save for a much lower velocity of 320 m/s.

20Rnd. STANAG

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20-round box magazine. Remains otherwise identical to regular 30-round STANAGs.

G36 Mag.

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Plastic magazine used exclusively by the G36 and XM8 families of modular rifles.

It is mostly identical in most other aspects compared to regular 30-round STANAGs, but their rounds have a slightly reduced muzzle velocity of 920 m/s instead.

30rnd G36 SD

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Loaded with subsonic 5.56 mm ammunition. It fires rounds with greatly reduced velocities of 320 m/s, but remain otherwise identical to regular plastic magazines.

MG36 Mag.

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100-round Beta-C drum used by the MG36 light support weapon. Aside from its capacity it is completely identical to regular 30-round plastic magazines.


Trivia

  • ArmA 2 is the first game in the series to feature the M16A2 as an OPFOR weapon rather than BLUFOR or a BLUFOR-aligned Independent faction.
    • Some USMC units can still be seen wielding the M16A2 in the early stages of the Operation Harvest Red campaign. However, none of their units actually utilise the M16A2 in regular gameplay.
  • 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

External links

See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

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