Stretching the M16’s Legs: 9-Hole M16A2 Practical Accuracy

The M16A2 is the rifle I grew up on, as it were. I learned drill, maintenance, and marksmanship upon it in the halls of MCRD San Diego and Camp Pendleton. It was a well worn, more purple than black, absolutely abused and put away wet rifle.

And it worked.


The M16A2 was several brilliant and simple concepts pulled together into a solid rifle.

It had flaws, certainly. The stock was too long for most users, especially in armor. The burst fire trigger was a hot garbage invention that made bean counters happy and riflemen sad, trigger break weight was gritty and unpredictable. But rifle worked. It shot and it hit what you shot it at if you did it right, consistently, out to 500 yards.

With. Iron. Sights.

It was the step away from the dependable rudimentary A1 that took new ammunition and a new take on sights to expand the effective range envelope of the light 5.56 rifles.

The Army was grumpy about the change too, and I find that amusing. The stock A2 is obsolescent today but could be pressed into service rather effectively (better than the poor schmucks getting mosins in Ukraine).

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Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.