M16

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After the Korean War, the American research office decided to look into a weapon which would shoot rapid-fire, high-speed bullets, which it deemed more effective than heavier calibres. The M16 was born for this very purpose. Since then, there have been more M16s made in the world than there are people in Israel - over eight million. It's incredibly accurate, even at a range of 1000 yards. It's easy to handle, mostly because of it's so light. It's also devastatingly handsome. The M16 rifle has served American forces since the Vietnam War, when troops were told that "if you know it, respect it, and treat it right, it will be ready when you need it". At the time, it suffered from occasional malfunctions. Nowadays, it's one of the best assault rifles in the world, partly thanks to the superb 223 Remington cartridge which you can get by following the link.
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.223 Remington

The .223 Remington was initially developed in the mid-sixties for the Armalite AR-15, which later became the US military's M16 rifle. It is just about identical to the 5.56x45mm NATO military cartridge, and only boffins with measuring equipment could really tell them apart. Or you could just look at the headstamp...... Military adoption has made this a hugely prevalent cartridge in both armed forces across the world and domestic markets due to its devastating performance and lightweight allowing higher capacity magazines and rates of fire. Some in the military feel...

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