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When did the military used M16s with 3 round burst? Are the rifles used by the military now full auto or burst?
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When did the military used M16s with 3 round burst? Are the rifles used by the military now full auto or burst?

i would like only military guys to answer or very knowledgeable scholars


2010-07-13 02:57:38 +0000
Which military? A lot of the world's armed forces still use rifles with full automatic fire which is really nothing more than a waste of ammunition.

2010-07-13 03:06:43 +0000
I first had one issued to me in about 1977.
They've been around a while.
I really liked that feature, made fire discipline much easier.....

2010-07-13 09:30:48 +0000
depending on your unit (some are better equiped than others) either the m4, m16a4, or m16a2 will be the standard issue rifle...all of which have 3 fire modes: safe, semi, and 3 round burst. only spec ops units recieve the m4a1 which is full auto.

2010-07-13 02:46:04 +0000
The majority of current (military use) assault rifles have a single shot,3 round burst,and full automatic setting.
Civilian versions such as the AR-15 have to be semi automatic by law,unless you have a special license to have a full auto weapon (usually pre-ban rifles).

2010-07-13 06:57:40 +0000
M16A1 was able to be fired single shot and automatic. This was used in Vietnam.

Now we use the A2, A3, and A4. All of which are single shot and 3 round burst. But can easily be customized with a piece of 550 gut to make them fully automatic.

2010-07-13 03:24:10 +0000
The current M-16A4 which is currently in use by the U.S. Marine Corps has a semi-automatic (single shot), a three round burst (three shot), and a safe mode on the selector switch. However, if memory serves me correctly, the Navy uses M-16A3's which DO have a fully automatic mode on them.

2010-07-13 03:02:56 +0000
The US military has been using the three round burst since the 80s. Originally the military used the M16A1 which was developed during the vietnam era. It was fully automatic but early versions had bad quarks and the ammo capacity was much more limited. The burst fire M16A2 was adopted in the 80s and had updated stock and a large magazine. The current standard service rifle for the US armed forces is the M16A4 which allows soldiers to attach attachments such as scopes and pistol grips easily with the tactical rail stock. There has been talk about replacing the m16 all together. The FN SCAR has been deployed to a few units but I heard of some order cancellations so I dont know if this weapon will completely replace the M16 altogether.

Also, the M4 which is a carbine version of the M16 is burst fire but the updated M4A1 is full auto.

2010-07-13 03:56:53 +0000
The M16A2 was the first to use a three round burst, it was shortly created after the Vietnam War.
The M4 can be fired on fully automatic and semi automatic
The M16A4 the M16 variant used nowadays fires on three round burst and semi automatic.

2010-07-13 02:44:53 +0000
it was first used in the vietnam war. nowadays usually they have to me semi automatic. i dont know why but the government or politics or whatever say they have to be semi

2010-07-13 03:08:02 +0000
For the US Army :

The M249 SAW/M240 are fully automatic. Most units like to give these to new guys. Not a universal rule though.
The M9 is the standard sidearm. It's semi-automatic
The M4 that is issued to most troops is single shot or three round burst.
The M16A4 is single shot or three round burst. Some units still use the A2.
The M4A1 is fully automatic but generally reserved for Spec Ops guys. They are not standard issue as video games would like you to believe.

2010-07-13 08:54:16 +0000
Gman, you are correct, the A3 shoots semi and full auto.

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