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"Author Rottman does a superb job of covering the idea, development and manufacture of the M16, a gun that has easily seen over 8,000,000 units produced both here and overseas... It all makes for another fine book and if you are interested in weapons, then this book would make a fine addition to your library." - Scott Van Aken, Modelling Madness

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Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.
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Product Details

  • Series: Weapon (Book 14)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849086907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849086905
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is informative and well thought out.
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The book is filled with photos and original artwork, which makes it a handy reference.
James D. Crabtree
Once again Gordon Rottman and Osprey present a great book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wpapac on December 23, 2011
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Once again Gordon Rottman and Osprey present a great book. This is the short version of all the M16 books out there including the Black Rifle. It has new pics, great short to the point history, faces the trials and tribulations of the M16 well and has a true user's opinion in Rottman. I have many books on the M16 but this is one of my favorites. Osprey is the place to start for a beginner on any military history subject. Definitly a winner!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on January 17, 2012
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This is a great book on the M16-series of weapons, discussing not just the M16 itself but its immediate predecessor (the M14) and various offshoots. It also discusses the 40mm grenade launchers used in conjunction with the basic M16 rifle.

The book is filled with photos and original artwork, which makes it a handy reference. It also includes a discussion of early issues with the weapon, dispensing many foolish myths regarding the poor design of the M16. In fact, there were problems with the initial ammunition batch provided to troops in Vietnam but the "fact" that the M16 is a bad rifle has been perpetuated for decades.

He discusses many practical points of the M16 but he misses one, or at least doesn't belabor it. As teenage soldier I recall that the most frustrating feature of the M16A1 was the retaining ring for the handguards. I was not alone in this. When you totally disassembled the M16A1 it was easy enough to get those handguards off but God help you when you had to get them back on again. The first one would go on after applying some pressure but it seemed almost impossible to get the second one on with the first pushing down on the ring. There just didn't seem to be enough give. I watched soldiers clean their rifles and end up spending more time on the handguards than on the rest of the rifle. The handguards on the M16A2 were a pleasant surprise!

Still, this is a great book and I look forward to keeping it on my shelf.
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Typical of the Osprey series, this concise monograph is well illustrated using drawings, charts, diagrams, and artwork. Rottman covers the development of the AR-10 and AR-15 by Eugene Stoner, the acceptance of the .556 caliber weapon as the standard American military rifle, and follows up with the M-16's role in the development of modern small arms systems in use around the world. I was a little disappointed that he did not offer more detailed analysis of the "Black Rifle" controversy whereby haughty brass hats at first denied there problems, then shifted the blame to the grunts whose lives depended on them instead of investigating design flaws and poor decisions by the ordnance experts that were the real causes of the scandal that cost least a thousand Marine lives before corrective action ensued.
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good detailed book on the history of the M16 rifle, its good and bad features. it was very controversial with its habit of jamming in the early days of the vietnam war and need to keep clean. fun book.
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Really enjoyed reading this history of the M16 combat rifle. The author provides the right balance of detail and keeping the story moving. I am a gun enthusiast but am more of a pistol/revolver shooter. I do one one A R type rifle among my rifles.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Spruck on March 15, 2012
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As a soldier I did learn all about the M-16 or I would have died in Viet Nam. My M-16 saved my life and my CAR-15 also did save my life with my LRRP Team.
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