By Robert A. Vella
Shortly after America ended its involvement in the Vietnam War, I enlisted in the U.S. Army. As a soldier, I was trained in the operation of various infantry weapons including the mighty M16 assault rifle. I describe it so haughtily because the weapon truly is mighty. I never was sent into combat; but, if I had, I wouldn’t want to be armed with anything less.
The M16 is light in weight and comfortable to carry – a trait greatly appreciated by weary pack-laden soldiers marching for long periods across difficult terrain. It also has large magazine capacities and a high muzzle-velocity which greatly improves accuracy especially at long range. The selector switch on the M16 allows it to be fired in semi-automatic or automatic modes. In the normal semi-automatic mode, the weapon will discharge rounds as fast as the operator can pull the trigger (which…
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