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M16 A1 Automatic Rifle
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

M16 A1 Automatic Rifle

Date: 1967
Catalog #: 1995.0225.08    Accession #: 1995.0225
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Maker

Colt (Manufacturer)

In 1960 a milestone in Colt history began with the introduction of the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, followed by the M16 military full-automatic version. Involvement of the United States in Vietnam again put heavy demands on Colt to supply arms for the troops. In 1964, Coltís parent company reorganized under the name Colt Industries and the firearms subsidiary became Colt's Inc., Firearms Division.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 10.5" H x 39" W x 3" D

Physical Description

United States Colt M16A1 rifle, 5.56mm.

Specific History

On 28 February 1967, the United States Army adopted the XM16E1 rifle as a standard United States M16A1 rifle, 5.56mm.


Keywords

War: Vietnam conflict
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