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For the carbine variants, see M4 and CAR-15
For the other AR-15 derivatives in Siege, see R4-C, 416-C Carbine, C8-SFW, and C7E

The M16 refers to a family of assault rifles all manufactured by Colt's Manufacturing Company that all chamber the 5.56x45mm NATO round. It was made to replace the earlier M14 battle rifle. The M16A2 and A4 variants fire in three-round burst or semi-automatic, while the original M16A1 and A3 variants fire fully-automatic or semi-automatic.

There are variants of the M16 that appear in the Rainbow Six universe. These variants are the M16A2 and M16A4.

  • The M16A2 has a thicker barrel end with improved rifling that was designed for use with the newly developed SS190 cartridge. The M16A2 was later replaced by the more modern M16A4.
  • The M16A4 has a removable carry handle with a full length Picatinny rail underneath for the attachment of compatible devices.

The M16A2 and M16A4 are categorized as assault rifles in the Rainbow Six universe.

Rainbow Six[]

The M-16 A2 is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six.

When extra range or firepower is needed, RAINBOW turns to Colt's M16A2. Tried and true, it's 5.56 caliber easily pierces Level II body armor and has the longest range of any of RAINBOW standard weapons. It comes standard with a low-power holo-sight and single, three round, and full-auto trigger group.

Rogue Spear[]

The 5.56mm M16 AR is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear.

The Black Thorn expansion pack for the game changed the name of the weapon to the 5.56mm M16 AR. Originally, the name of the weapon was the M-16 A2.


Raven Shield[]

The M16A2 is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield.

When extra range or firepower is called for, RAINBOW turns to the M16A2. The M16 has proven itself over time as its 5.56mm round easily penetrates body armor.


Rainbow Six 3 (Console)[]

The M16A2 is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 (Console)


Black Arrow[]

The M16A2 is a weapon featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow. The M16A2 in-game is always featured with an ACOG Scope by default.


Lockdown[]

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The subject of this article, M16, has been cut from the final version of a Rainbow Six game.

The M16 is a cut weapon from Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown. In the PC version of the game, the M16 is only present within the game files.

Patriots[]

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The subject of this article, M16, has been cut from the final version of a Rainbow Six game.

The M16A4 was a weapon set to appear in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Patriots, up until the game's cancelation. The M16A4 was first seen in the Exclusive Trailer of the game.

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