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AR15 / M16 / M4:
Written by: Kim Lockhart, Copyright.

Autoloading Rifle:

M4 Assault Rifle and M4A1 Carbine:
 Like all the variants of the AR-15 and M16, the M4 and the M4A1 can be fitted with many accessories, such as night vision devices, suppressors, laser pointers, telescopic sights, Bayonets, bipods, either the M203 or M320 grenade launchers, the M26 MASS shotgun, and anything else compatible with a MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail. These rifles will fire the 5.56x45 NATO cartridge and 223 Remington commercial ammo as well.

 Colt previously held a U.S. trademark on the term "M4". Many manufacturers have production firearms that are essentially identical to a military M4. Colt had maintained that it retains sole rights to the M4 name and design. Other manufacturers had long maintained that Colt had been overstating its rights, and that "M4" had now become a generic term for a shortened AR-15.

 In April 2004, Colt filed a lawsuit against Heckler & Koch and Bushmaster Firearms, claiming acts of trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, trademark dilution, false designation of origin, false advertising, patent infringement, unfair competition, and deceptive trade practices.

 Heckler & Koch later settled out of court, changing one product's name from "HK M4" to "HK416". However, on December 8, 2005, a District court judge in Maine granted a summary judgment in favor of Bushmaster Firearms, dismissing all of Colt's claims except for false advertising. On the later claim, Colt could not recover monetary damages. The court also ruled that "M4" was now a generic name, and that Colt's trademark should be revoked.

 The M4 carbine will eventually replace the M16 rifle in the United States Army.

M4A1
 The M4A1 carbine is a fully-automatic variant of the basic M4 carbine intended for special operations use. The M4A1 has a "S-1-F" (safe/semi-automatic/fully automatic) trigger group, while the M4 has a "S-1-3" (safe/semi-automatic/3-round burst) trigger group. The M4A1 is used by almost all U.S special operation units.

 The M4A1 is especially favored by counter-terrorist and special forces units for close quarters combat because of the carbine's compactness and firepower. These features are also very useful in urban warfare. Although the M4 has less effective range than the longer M16, many military analysts consider engagement with a non-specialized small arm above a range of 330 yards to be unnecessary. It is effective at ranges of 160 yards or less and has a maximum effective range of about 550 to 660 yards.

 In the last few years, M4A1 carbines have been refit or received straight from factory with barrels with a thicker profile under the handguard. This is for a variety of reasons such as heat dissipation, which is useful due to the complaints of high-heat production from test soldiers, which occurs during full-auto fire. These heavier barrel weapons are also fitted with a heavier buffer known as the H2.


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.17 HM2, .17 HMR, .17 WSM, 5mm Rem. Mag., .22 BB Cap, .22 CB Cap, .22 Short, .22 Long, .22 LR, .22 WRF, .22 WMR.
17 Rem., 204 Ruger, 22 Hornet, 222 Rem., 223 Rem., 22-250 Rem., 220 Swift, 223 WSSM, 243 Win., 6mm Rem., 243 WSSM,
240 Wby. Mag., 250 Sav., 257 Roberts, 25 WSSM, 25-06 Rem., 257 Wby. Mag., 6.5 x 55mm Swedish Mauser, 260 Rem.,
6.5mm Rem. Mag., 264 Win. Mag., 6.8 Rem., 270 Win., 270 WSM, 270 Wby. Mag., 7mm-08 Rem., 280 Rem., 7mm Rem. Mag.,
7mm WSM, 30-30 Win., 308 Win., 30-06 Sprg., 300 Win. Mag., 300 WSM, 300 Wby. Mag., 325 WSM, 338 Win. Mag.,
340 Wby. Mag., 357 Mag., 44 Rem. Mag., 444 Marlin, 45-70 Government.