M16A3 Rifle, NSN 1005-01-367-5112 (Very Rare)
The M16A3, which was introduced in 1994, is basically an M16A2 with full-automatic capability and optional M4A1-style Rail Interface System (RIS). The M16A3 and the M16A4 are identical in appearance to the M16A2, but both have the modular upper receiver. The M16A3 is capable of fully automatic fire, like the M16A1, while the M16A4 uses the M16A2's three-round burst mechanism. Additionally, several types of optical sights have been developed for the modular upper.
M16A4 Rifle, NSN 1005-01-383-2872, LIN R97175 (In Common Usage).
The M16A4 is identical in appearance to the M16A3, but can fire single shots or 3-round bursts (no full auto). The M16A4 Rifle is a standard M16A2 Rifle with a flat top upper receiver and detachable carrying handle. The flat top upper receiver has an integral rail that will be utilized (when the carrying handle is removed) to mount optical devices to the weapon. The M16A4 Rifle in combination with the M5 Rail Adapter forms the Modular Weapon System (rifle version) which provides soldiers the flexibility to configure their weapons with those accessories required to fulfill an assigned mission. There are no differences between the internal dimensions of the M16A2 Rifle and the M16A4 Rifle.
The COEI / BII Listings and Component Hand Receipts on ArmyProperty.com are valid for these two rifles.
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|Major End Items|
|1010-00-179-6447||M203, 40mm Grenade Launcher|
|5855-01-398-4315||PAQ-4 infrared laser designator|
|5855-01-447-8992||PEQ-2 infrared spotlight / laser designator|
|1240-01-492-5264||EOTech 1x Holographic-Diffraction Optical Reflex Sight|
|5855-01-432-0524||PVS-14, Monocular NVG|
|5860-01-471-2091||Laser Borelight System (LBS); used for field-zeroing mechanical and optical sights|
|RFI (Rapid Fielding Initiative) Accessories (Major End Items). Fielded routinely to units through Force Modernization program, or through RFI bulk-issue during prep for deployment.|
|1005-01-452-6771||M5 Rail Adapter System (allows installation of accessories, such as a PEQ-2 or Surefire Tac-Light on front handguard)|
|1240-01-534-1114 and others||ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) and other magnified and unmagnified optical sights, manufactured by Trijicon.|
|1240-01-411-1265||M68 CCO (Close Combat Optic) 1x "Red Dot" Optical Reflex Sight, manufactured by Aimpoint|
|RFI (Rapid Fielding Initiative) Accessories (Non Major End Items). Fielded routinely to units through Force Modernization program, or through RFI bulk-issue during prep for deployment.|
|1005-01-541-1772||Rifle Bipod; Also called Forward Grip Bipod|
|1005-01-449-6306; 1005-01-484-8000||Backup Iron Sight. Installed in conjunction with ACOG or other optical sights; provides redundant means for aiming if optical sights fail or become detached from the weapon.|
|1005-01-541-1771||Tactical Sling; Also called 3-Point Sling; (Click Here for more sling NSN's)|
|(TBP; LIN ZA905D)||Enhanced sliding M4/M4A1 buttstock assembly; currently being mounted and used on M16-series rifle in large numbers because of the need to maneuver the weapon inside confined spaces (HMMWV interiors, for instance). However, Ground Precautionary Messages state that this is "not authorized and can result in injury or equipment damage."|
|Other Accessories, Non Major End Items|
|Various||SureFire Tactical Flashlight|
|4020-01-493-8337||Tactical Sling (not the RFI version), made by Blackhawk! and distributed through the Army supply system. Carries weapon across chest, muzzle oriented downward, "at the ready"; (Click Here for more sling NSN's)|
|1005-01-520-5992 / 1005-99-126-9781||Heckler & Koch (HK) High-Reliability Steel Magazine|
|1005-01-541-2477||Multiple magazine holder; New AAL Item, may be included in RFI in the future|
|1005-01-541-2476||Forward rail bracket (also called CQB kit mini-rail); New AAL Item, may be included in RFI in the future|
|1005-00-921-5004||Standard 30-round magazine|
|1005-00-118-6192||M15A2 Blank Firing Adapter / Attachment (red in color, for M16 rifle only; yellow BFA, M23, NSN 1005-01-361-8208, is for the M4 carbine only)|
|5340-00-880-7666||Cap, Protective, Dust. Keeps dust and dirt from entering the muzzle during normal operations, and can be left in place until the weapon is fired, but must be removed periodically to prevent rust build-up.|
Related End Items ("Also See...")
|1005-01-231-0973||M4, Rifle, 5.56mm|
|1005-01-382-0953||M4A1, Rifle, 5.56mm (Rare, full-automatic version of M4)|
|1005-00-073-9421||M16A1, Rifle, 5.56mm|
|1005-01-128-9936||M16A2, Rifle, 5.56mm (Most widely-used M16 variant)|
|1005-00-903-0751||M134 Minigun ("Gatling Gun"), 7.62mm|
|1005-00-589-1271||M14, Rifle, 7.62mm|
|TBP||Rifle, 5.56mm, HK416|
|1005-01-469-2133||Rifle, .50 Caliber, Sniper: XM107 (Barrett Family)|
|1005-01-534-2841||XM110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS)|
|1005-01-240-2136||M24, Sniper Rifle, 7.62mm|
|1005-01-081-4582||M231, Submachine Gun, 5.56mm (Firing Port Weapon for Bradley)|
|1005-01-127-7510||M249, Machine Gun, 5.56mm, Belt and Magazine-Fed (Squad Automatic Weapon)|
|1005-01-118-2640||M9, Pistol, 9mm, Automatic, Beretta (Model 92F)|
|1005-00-017-9701||M7, Bayonet, Multi-Purpose (Older Model)|
|1005-01-227-1739||M9, Bayonet, Multi-Purpose (New Model, with saw blade and integral wire cutter)|
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