M16 rifle series

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Specifications

(1959 - Present)

Type: Assault Rifle

Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO

Capacity: STANAG Magazines: 5, 20, 30, 40 round box magazine/ 90 round snail drum/ 100 round dual drum Beta-C magazine

Fire Modes: Safe/Semi (Mk 12 SPR, AR-15, civilian variants) Safe/Semi/Burst (M16A2, M16A4, M4) Safe/Semi/Auto (M16, M16A1, M16A3, M4A1)


The M16 series of assault rifles and carbine variants are used by the following actors in the following movies, television series, video games, and anime:

Colt and Official Government Models

M16 Rifle

The original M16, the first version, firing in a 20-round magazine, adopted in large numbers by the US Air Force in Vietnam. This has the original 3-prong flash hider. It would later be replaced by the upgraded M16A1 - 5.56x45mm
M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with an A1 "birdcage" Flash hider, used to resemble the M16A1 in many Vietnam era movies. This version has a 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with an A1 "birdcage" flash hider, used to resemble the M16A1 during the 1970s and 1980s. This version has a 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with A2 style handguards used to impersonate the M16A2 - 5.56x45mm

Since the original M16 is the first pattern AR-15 select fire rifle that was adopted in 1964 by the US Air Force in Vietnam (and also given to the ARVN) all appearances of the slab side M16 in movies and television shows would be either the Class III Colt M16 or the commercially available Colt AR-15 SP1 rifle. After being phased out from active duty, the military owned weapons were issued to National guard units (and later bequeathed to Federal and local law enforcement agencies). Movie Armorers could acquire Law Enforcement Sales models of the M16, as Class III transferable weapons or built as Class III manufacturers. However, an easier way was for commercially sold semiautomatic Colt AR-15 SP1 rifles to be converted to full auto fire in the 1970s and 1980s and these were in movie armories for years.

Film

Film Title Actor Character Note Date
Seven Days in May Andrew Duggan COL William 'Mutt' Henderson Possibly the first depiction of an M16 in a Hollywood film 1964
Ice Station Zebra Tony Bill 1Lt. Walker 1968
Ice Station Zebra Jim Brown Capt. Anders 1968
The Losers Various US soldiers 1970
Diamonds are Forever Various Blofield's henchmen 1971
Shaft's Big Score! Various Gangster With 30-round magazine 1972
Cleopatra Jones Thug With 30-round magazine 1973
Detroit 9000 Various Criminals SP1 1973
Soylent Green Various Guards 1973
The Laughing Policeman S.F.P.D. SWAT officers 1973
The Friends of Eddie Coyle Various Gangsters 1973
Savage Sisters Rosanna Ortiz Mei Ling 1974
Various Philippine soldiers, guerrillas
Badlands Various Army National Guard 1973
Walking Tall Arch Johnson Buel Jaggers SP1 1973
Zardoz Various Exterminators 1974
Earthquake Marjoe Gortner Sgt. Joad 1974
The Muthers John Montgomery "Turko" With 30-round magazine 1976
Two-Minute Warning John Cassavetes LAPD Sgt. Buttons With 30-round magazine 1976
Silver Streak Various FBI Agents 1976
The Enforcer Various People's Revolutionary Strike Force terrorists and SFPD officers Fitted with both 3-prong and A1 flash hiders 1976
Vigilante Force Kris Kristofferson Aaron Arnold 3-prong flash hider 1976
Shelly Novack D.O. Viner 3-prong flash hider
Don Pulford Dave Laughlin 3-prong flash hider
Carmen Argenziano Brian Seldon 3-prong flash hider
Charles Cyphers Perry Beal 3-prong flash hider
Colt 38 Special Squad (Quelli della calibro 38) Police snipers With sniper scope 1976
Black Sunday Steven Keats Robert Mashevsky 1977
Operation Thunderbolt Israeli commando 1977
The Spy Who Loved Me Various US Navy sailors Stolen from Armoury and Stromberg guards 1977
Judge Fayard Called the Sheriff Marcel Bozzuffi Joanno aka "Captain" 1977
Damnation Alley Paul Winfield Keegan 1977
The Domino Principle Gene Hackman Roy Tucker 3-prong flash hider 1977
The Domino Principle Eli Wallach General Reser 3-prong flash hider 1977
Coming Home Bruce Dern Capt. Bob Hyde 1978
The Boys from Brazil Various Nazis 1978
Apocalypse Now Various US Army soldiers 1979
The Exterminator Robert Ginty John Eastland 1980
Stripes Various US Army soldiers 1981
Escape from New York Various US Police Force and USSS agents Handguards removed 1981
The Loch Ness Horror British Soldiers 20-round magazine 1981
Wolfen Albert Finney NYPD Det. Dewey Wilson Night Vision Scope 1981
Gregory Hines Whittington
Fracchia the Human Beast (Fracchia la belva umana) Italian policemen 1981
Taps Various Cadets 1981
Rambo: First Blood Brian Dennehy Sheriff Will Teasle 1982
Various Hope County sheriff's deputies
Octopussy Roger Moore James Bond SP1 with an A1 Flash hider 1983
Flashpoint US Army soldiers 1984
Jungle Warriors Paramilitary guard 1984
Exterminator 2 Robert Ginty John Eastland 1984
Exterminator 2 X's thugs 1984
It's a Drink, It's a Bomb! Police 1985
Into the Night SWAT officers 1985
My Science Project John Stockwell Mike Harlan With Cobray CM203 flare launcher 1985
Fisher Stevens Vince Latello
Raphael Sbarge Sherman Reardon
Al Leong Viet Cong soldier
Various Viet Cong soldiers
Commando Arnold Schwarzenegger John Matrix Fitted with A1 flash hider; becomes an A1 in some shots 1985
Various Arius' men and US Army soldiers Fitted with A1 flash hiders, some with A2 hand guards
The Quiet Earth Alison Routledge Joanne 1985
Yes, Madam! (Huang jia shi jie) Hong Kong policemen 1985
The Annihilators Gerrit Graham Ray Track SP1 1985
Dennis Redfield Joe Nace
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Garrett Floyd With 3-prong flash hider
The Park is Mine Various NYPD SWAT officers Fitted with AN/PVS-2 Starlight night vision scopes 1986
Raw Deal Various Patrovita's thugs 1986
Heartbreak Ridge Various US Marines Fitted with A1 flash hiders 1986
Platoon Chris Pedersen Crawford Fitted with A1 flash hider 1986
Legacy of Rage Various Henchmen with birdcage flash hiders 1986
Murphy's Law Charles Bronson Jack Murphy Fitted with 3-prong flash hider 1986
A drug farmer Fitted with 3-prong flash hider
Lethal Weapon Various LAPD SWAT officers Deleted scene only 1987
Near Dark Kansas State Police 1987
Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger Dutch Fitted with A1 flash hider and Fake M203 Launcher 1987
Sonny Landham Billy Fitted with A2 hand guards, A1 flash hider, and Mossberg 500 shotgun
Full Metal Jacket Various US Marines 1987
I Love Maria Police 1988
In the Line of Duty III: Force of the Dragon Stephan Berwick Underground Gunsmith 1988
Off Limits Gregory Hines SFC. Perkins 1988
Die Hard Various LAPD SWAT officers 1988
They Live Roddy Piper Nada 1988
Keith David Frank
Various Cable 54 building guards
L.A. Bounty L.A.P.D. officer 1989
In the Line of Duty 5: Middle Man Police 1990
Prayer of the Rollerboys Mark Pellegrino Bango (also other Rollerboys) 1990
Enemy Peter Fonda Ken Andrews SP1 with an A1 Flash hider 1990
Enemy Mako Tran SP1 with an A1 Flash hider 1990
China O'Brien II Michael Anthony Deputy Russell SP1, some with A2 handguards 1990
Richard Norton Matt Conroy
Baskin's henchmen
In the Line of Duty 6: Forbidden Arsenal Special Forces 1991
Showdown in Little Tokyo Dolph Lundgren Sergeant Chris Kenner Fitted with A2 handguards 1991
Brandon Lee Johnny Murata
Rapid Fire Linda Perlin Police officer Fitted with A2 handguards and A1 flash hider 1992
Jurassic Park Unknown actor InGen worker Fitted with A2 handguards and A1 flash hider 1993
Undercover Blues Olek Krupa Zubic 1993
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks Forrest Gump 1994
Various US Army soldiers
In the Army Now Pauly Shore PFC "Bones" Conway LaFrance-converted AR-15 SP1; fitted with A1 flash hider and A2 hand guards 1994
Various US Army personnel
Village of the Damned Various US Army National Guard soldiers Fitted with A2 handguards 1995
Beyond Rangoon Burmese soldiers 1995
Crying Freeman Mark Dacascos Yo Hinomura Fitted with Cobray CM203 37mm Launcher 1995
The Rock Tony Todd Captain Darrow Fitted with A1 flash hider and M203 grenade launcher 1996
Midnight Heat Brad Dourif Payne M16/SP1 with A2 handguards 1996
The Pest John Leguizamo Pestario "Pest" Vargas Fitted with A2 handguards, A1-style lower receiver & flash hider, and fake A2-style windage adjustment knob 1997
Commander Hamilton Swedish guards 1998
The Ultimate Weapon Hulk Hogan Ben Cutter With Cobray 37mm Launcher 1998
Gunrunners
Analyze This Various Mobsters Fitted with A2 handguards and A1 flash hiders 1999
The Matrix Various Lobby guards Fitted with both 3-prong and A1 flash hiders 1999
Keanu Reeves Neo
The Watcher Special Forces 2000
Muscle Heat USA soldiers 2002
Coronado Clayton Rohner Arnet McClure 2003
Various Rebel Soldiers
Once Upon a Time in Mexico Gerardo Vigil General Marquez Fitted with A2 handguards and A1 flash hiders 2003
Various General Soldiers
Jisai (Dzisay) Airsoft 2004
Alone in the Dark (2005) Various Bureau 713 Commandos 2005
Land of the Dead Various US Army soldiers 2005
The Battle of Long Tan Various Australian soldiers 2006
Black Dynamite Michael Jai White Black Dynamite With M203 grenade launcher 2009
Various Black Panther
The Expendables 2 Sang member 2012
Kong: Skull Island Tom Hiddleston Captain James Conrad 2017
Kong: Skull Island Thomas Mann Slivko 2017
Twilight's Last Gleaming USAF snipers 1977

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Police Story Jan-Michael Vincent Officer Hauser "Line of Fire"(S01E11) 1973-1977
S.W.A.T. Steve Forrest Lieutenant Dan "Hondo" Harrelson 1975-1976
James Coleman Officer T.J. McCabe
Robert Urich Officer Jim Street
Rod Perry Sgt. Deacon "Deke" McKay
Mark Shera Officer Dominic Luca
Simon & Simon Gerald McRaney Rick Simon 1981-1989
Magnum P.I. James Whitmore Jr. Nuzo "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.2" (S3E02) 1982
The A-Team Various 1983-1988
Nestor Burma - Season 1 Michel Fortin Zavatter With sniper scope; "Corrida aux Champs-Élysées" (S1E3) 1992
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Various US soldiers, guards, criminals 1993-1997
The X-Files Various Military personnel, other characters Mocked up with A1 flash-hider and A2 handguards to resemble M16A2, some fitted with A1 handguards resemble M16A1 (Season 2) 1993-2002
The Stand henchman 1994
JAG Various US soldiers Only seen in flashbacks to Vietnam War 1995-2005
Farscape Claudia Black Aeryn Sun "A Human Reaction" (S01E16) 1999-2003
Mail Call R. Lee Ermey Himself 2002-2009
Supernatural Conspiracy theorist
Lock 'n Load with R. Lee Ermey R. Lee Ermey Himself Original M16A1 with Three Prong Flash Hider 2009

Anime

Anime Title Character Notes Date
Violence Jack: Hell's Wind Hen Hell's Wind biker 1990
Burn-Up Scramble 2004
Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie In the Fujiko car 2013
Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C³ Hanging in the background 2013
Case Closed: Dimensional Sniper Airsoft, seen in the Kevin Yoshino's shop 2014

Video Games

Game Title Appears As Mods Notes Release Date
Tomb Raider II M16 1997
WWII G.I. Fitted with A2 handguards, also available only in the Platoon Leader expansion pack 1999
Vietcong Can be attached with M7 bayonet Firing 18 rounds from 20-round magazine 2002
Enter the Matrix 2003
Shellshock Nam '67 "Assault Rifle" Incorrectly fitted with A2 handguards and firing 30 rounds from 20-round magazine 2004
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories "Assault Rifle" Incorrectly firing 30 rounds from 20-round magazine 2006
Call of Duty: Black Ops M16 Can be modified with extended mags, dual mags, red dot sight, ACOG scope, infrared scope, suppressor, M203 grenade launcher, KAC Masterkey, and flamethrower Incorrectly firing in three-round burst in multiplayer and "Zombies" modes 2010
Dead Island "Burst Rifle" Avaiable with iron sights or reflex sight, also can fire in semi-automatic and four-round bursts Incorrectly firing 30 rounds from 20-round magazine 2011
LoveGear ~Kinematic Lovers 2011
Call of Duty: Black Ops II "Colt M16A1" w/ various attachments Incorrectly firing in three-round burst in "Zombies" mode 2012


XM16E1 Rifle

XM16E1 rifle with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Mockup of an XM16E1 rifle with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm. What distinguishes it from the original M16 was the addition of the forward assist button and a chrome bolt carrier (which was later dropped with the M16A1). This can be identified as a mockup by its full magazine fence and strengthened front pivot point, neither of which appeared on the XM16E1
Currently seen Mockup of an XM16E1 (built from an M16A1 as the base) with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm. This example is the screen-used rifle used by Mel Gibson in We Were Soldiers.

The XM16E1 is a modified variant of the original M16 which featured several improvements, including the forward assist, the most visually obvious difference. The Army requested this feature, but the Air Force believed it had no benefit and only increased the weapon's per-unit cost. Consequently, the M16 (SP1) was the version adopted by the Air Force, while the Army adopted the slightly more expensive XM16E1. After the M16A1 was introduced in 1967, both services transitioned to this rifle. Before 1968, this was the most common version of the M16 rifle platform. Many examples in recent films are actually 'faux' XM16E1 rifles. The real XM16E1 has a partial magazine fence on its lower receiver, whereas the M16A1 has a full raised rib around the magazine release button).

Film

Title Actor Character Notation Date
Balibo FRETELIN Guerillas 2009
Tropic Thunder Jay Baruchel Kevin Sandusky Mocked up from an M16A1 2008
Brandon T. Jackson Alpo Chino
Various Actors playing US Army soldiers
We Were Soldiers Mel Gibson LTC Hal Moore Mocked up from an M16A1 2002
Barry Pepper Joe Galloway
Jsu Garcia CPT Tony Nadal
Robert Bagnell 1LT Charlie Hasting
Chris Klein 2LT Jack Geoghegan
Ryan Hurst SGT Ernie Savage
Josh Daugherty SPC Robert Ouellette
Various US Army soldiers
Dead Presidents Jaimz Woolvett Lieutenant Dugan Mocked up from an M16A1 1995
Various US Marines
Legacy of Rage Various Henchmen with birdcage flash hiders 1986
Hamburger Hill 101st Airborne troopers mocked up from an M16A1 1987
Stakeout Various Police . 1987
The Green Berets John Wayne Colonel Mike Kirby Real XM16E1 1968
Various US special forces

Television

Title Actor Character Note Air Date
On Wings of Eagles Revolutionaries 1986

Video Games

Game Title Appears As Mods Notes Release Date
Vietcong 2 "M-16" Available with XM148 grenade launcher as the "M-16/XM-148" 2005


M16A1 Rifle

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm. What distinguishes it from the original M16 was the addition of a raised rib around the magazine release button, changing of the forward Receiver pins, and the addition of the forward assist button on the upper receiver.
Colt M16A1 with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Colt M16A1 (5.56x45mm) with M203 40mm grenade launcher
Colt M16A1 with Cobray CM203 37mm Flare Launcher for Comparison - 37mm. Many times these unrestricted 37mm launchers double for the real M203 launcher.
Colt M16A1 with A2 handguards - 5.56x45mm. Putting the distinctive A2 handguards on the older rifle was a method used by Movie/TV armorers to simulate A2 rifles when M16A1s were the only ones available. The same thing has been done vice-versa, Using M16A2's with A1 handguards for Vietnam War B Movies.

A modification of the XM16E1 to address problems found in the testing cycle of the XM16E1. Changes included a closed "birdcage" flash hider to replace the XM16E1's three-pronged flash hider, which caught on twigs and leaves, a full fence around the magazine release to prevent accidental ejection and a chrome plated chamber - later fully lined bore - to reducing fouling. The bolt was also changed so the cam pin could not be inserted with the bolt installed backwards, which would cause failures to eject until corrected.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Guard 1969
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Various Soldiers 1976
The Enforcer Various SFPD officers 1976
Rolling Thunder Various North Vietnamese military 1977
The Boys in Company C Andrew Stevens Billy Ray Pike 1978
The Odd Angry Shot Various Australian SAS troopers 1979
Apocalypse Now Various US Army soldiers 1979
The Jerk M. Emmet Walsh The Madman Fitted with scope 1979
The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher Jake's ex-fiance 1980
Various State Troopers, Sheriff's Deputies, Chicago Police SWAT, and US Army soldiers
The Final Countdown Various US Marines 1980
The Octagon Carol Bagdasarian Aura 1980
John Shields McCarn's lieutenant
Thad Geer McCarn's man
Operation Leopard (La légion saute sur Kolwezi) Bruno Cremer Pierre Delbart 1980
Zairian government troops and Katanga fighters
Le Guignolo Tony Kendall Fredo With sound suppressor, sniper scope and laser sighting device 1980
Enter the Ninja Venarius' henchmen 1981
Choice of Arms Seen in Jean's armoury 1981
Death Wish 2 Various Thugs 1982
Rambo: First Blood Various US Army National Guardsmen 1982
Uncommon Valor Reb Brown Blaster 1983
The Day After Various US Air Force Security Police 1983
Revenge of the Ninja Mario Gall Caifano 1983
Revenge of the Ninja Caifano's henchmen 1983
Scarface Sosa's assassins 1983
The Ruffian The robber in black mask 1983
Ghostbusters Various US Army National Guardsmen 1984
Code Name: Wild Geese Thomas Danneberg Arbib Fitted with M203 grenade launcher 1984
Manfred Lehmann Klein
Rene Abadeza Kim
Various Kim's men and General Khan's soldiers
The Terminator Paul Winfield Lt. Edward Traxler 1984
Lance Henriksen Detective Hal Vukovich
Various LAPD officers
Ninja III: The Domination Jordan Bennett Billy Secord 1984
Ninja III: The Domination A police sniper With sniper scope 1984
Wheels of Fire Joe Mari Avellana Scourge Fitted with M203 grenade launcher 1985
Gary Watkins Trace standart and mocked up as futuristic rifle, several times fitted with M203 grenade launcher
Laura Banks Stinger mocked up as futuristic rifle
Various Scourge's men, True believers' solders, Ownership's army standart and mocked up as futuristic rifle,
Latino Robert Beltran Eddie Guerrero 1985
Various Contras soldiers
Coordinates of Death (Koordinaty smerti) Various US Army soldiers and Viet Cong guerrillas 1985
Hold-Up Montreal SWAT and police 1985
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Charles Cioffi George Grove 1985
Rambo: First Blood Part II Various Vietnamese troops and pirates Some fitted with A2 handguards 1985
Day of the Dead Various US Army soldiers 1985
American Ninja Steve James CPL Curtis Jackson Fitted with M203 grenade launcher 1985
Various US Army soldiers
Commando Arnold Schwarzenegger John Matrix Alternates with M16 SP1 1985
Various Arius' men and US Army soldiers Some fitted with M16A2 hand guards
Commando Leopard Lewis Collins Enrique Carrasco With M203 grenade launcher 1985
John Steiner Smithy
Cristina Donadio Maria
Klaus Kinski Colonel Silveira
Manfred Lehmann Padre Julio
Various Soldiers and rebels
The Park is Mine Various NYPD SWAT officers 1986
Iron Eagle Various US Air Force security guards 1986
Aliens Seen on the walls of the Sulaco's armory 1986
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Various US Marines 1986
Band of the Hand Daniele Quinn Carlos . 1986
Heartbreak Ridge Various US Marines With and without MILES gear 1986
Platoon Charlie Sheen PVT Chris Taylor 1986
Various US Army soldiers
Firewalker Brigands, guerillas 1986
Demon of Paradise Soldiers Elisco 1987
Extreme Prejudice Matt Mulhern SSgt. Declan Patrick Coker 1987
Various Special Unit and cartel members Some with A2 handguards
Gardens of Stone Various US Army personnel (seen during news footage of the Vietnam War) 1987
Hamburger Hill Various US Army 101st Airborne personnel 1987
Dragnet SWAT officers With A2 handguards 1987
Rage of Honor Various henchmen 1987
Equalizer 2000 Richard Norton Slade In futuristic dress-up 1987
Henry Strzalkowski Alamo
Lawton's soldiers and rebels Standard and in futuristic dress-up
Tiger Cage Jacky Cheung Insp. Fong Chun-Yau 1980
Policeman
BAT*21 Danny Glover Captain Clark 1988
Bulletproof Henchmen Fitted with A2 handguards 1988
Iron Eagle II Various US Military Police 1988
China O'Brien Sommers' henchman With sniper scope 1988
Casualties of War Various US Army soldiers 1989
The Package Various US Army soldiers 1989
A Better Tomorrow III Chow Yun-Fat Mark Lee 1989
Anita Mui Chow Ying Kit
Tony Leung Ka Fai Cheung Chi Mun
Various ARVN soldiers
Code Name Coq Rouge (Täcknamn Coq Rouge) Israeli soldiers 1989
Guns Army soldiers 1990
Fire Birds Various US Army soldiers 1990
By Dawn's Early Light US military personnel 1990
Total Recall Seen at Kuato's resistance base 1990
Die Hard 2 Various Airport police and US Army Special Forces The Army Special Forces team fitted with A2 handguards 1990
Bullet in the Head Jacky Cheung Fai 1990
Darkman Karl A. Wickman Police officer Fitted with scope 1990
La Femme Nikita guards 1990
Death Warrant Prison guards 1990
Silence of the Lambs US Army National Guardsmen 1991
Nothing But Trouble Various National Guardsmen 1991
Toy Soldiers Various Colombian soldiers 1991
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Seen on the walls of Sarah's armory 1991
The Jackpot! (La Totale!) Seen in secret service minivan 1991
Pure Luck Mexican prizon guards 1991
Operation Corned Beef Zargas' henchmen 1991
Rapid Fire Various Guards 1992
Hard Boiled Philip Kwok Mad Dog Fitted with M203 grenade launcher 1992
Various Hong Kong police and Johnny Wong's thugs
To Survive (Chtoby vyzhit) Sergey Veksler Nikolai Fitted with XM148 grenade launcher 1992
Black Shark (Chyornaya akula) American soldiers, mujahedeen, mercenaries 1993
Boiling Point Is seen in arms rack 1993
RoboCop 3 Resistance fighters, OCP Rehab officers 1993
Rage and Honor II Cynthia Rothrock Kris Fairchild 1993
Thugs
Open Fire Jeff Wincott Alec McNeil 1994
Ron Howard George Deacon
Mimi Craven Lynne Tolbert
Lee de Broux Bob McNeil
Steel Frontier Brion James General J.W. Quantrell 1995
Joe Lara Yuma
mercenaries
citizens
Soldier Boyz Michael Dudikoff Major Toliver 1995
Channon Roe Brophy
David Barry Gray Lamb
Various Vinh Moc's soldiers
Species Background extras US soldiers 1995
Rumble in the Bronx NYPD officers 1995
FBI officer in helicopter
Heat Wes Studi Detective Casals Fitted with A2 handguards 1995
Heat Steven Ford Officer Bruce A2 handguards 1995
Midnight Man Michael Watson Ilyia With Cobray CM203 1995
Midnight Man Lorenzo Lamas John Kang With Cobray CM203 1995
The Rock Various Rogue US Marines Fitted with A2 handguards and tactical flashlights, some with M203 grenade launchers 1996
Eraser Various US Marshals Fitted with A2 handguards 1996
The One That Got Away Sam Halpenny "Legs" Lane fitted w/ Cobray CM203 1996
Alexander Morton Big Bob fitted w/ Cobray CM203
The Long Kiss Goodnight Henchman 1996
Romeo & Juliet Various Verona Beach police officers Some fitted with A2 handguards 1996
Day of the Warrior Kevin Light Doc Austin With M203 grenade launcher 1996
Ron Browning Ron
Warrior's henchman
Original Gangstas Gang members 1996
The Devil's Own Desmond - Provisional IRA Gunman Used by Desmond to fire on British Soldiers from a 2nd floor window. It is on semi-automatic firing mode. 1997
Con Air Various Convicts and US Army National Guardsmen Fitted with A2 handguards 1997
The Postman Various Holnist soldiers 1997
Dance with the Devil Javier Bardem Romeo Dolorosa 1997
Carlos Bardem Reggie San Pedro
Miguel Galván Doug
Against the Law Richard Grieco Rex 1997
Dead Silence (1997) FBI HRT 1997
The Peacemaker Army National Guard 1997
The Rage Dell Yount Bobby Joe 1997
The Rage FBI agents 1997
The Pentagon Wars Cary Elwes LTC James G. Burton With magazine removed and A2 handguards 1998
Various US Army soldiers Fitted with A2 handguards
Scarred City Soto's bodyguard 1998
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money Various Mexican Police . 1999
Shergar Various SAS Soldiers 1999
Blue Streak Various Mexican Border Security Officers Fitted with A2 handguards 1999
Battlefield Earth Human resistance fighters Some with M203 grenade launchers 2000
Joint Security Area ROKA soldiers Fitted with A2 handguards 2000
The Point Men Israeli soldiers 2001
War (Voyna) Aslan 2002
Death to Smoochy SWAT team 2002
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course Various US Army Rangers Some fitted with M203 grenade launchers 2002
xXx Colombian narcotics officer 2002
Tears of the Sun Nigerian soldiers 2002
Land of the Dead Various Fiddler's Green Soldiers 2005
The Devil's Rejects Various Sheriff's department and Rejects 2005
Sky Fighters Terrorists 2005
The Departed Various Massachusetts State Police at funeral Fitted with A2 handguards 2006
In Her Line of Fire David Millbern Armstrong 2006
Patrick Kake Hammer
Rene Naufahu Solia
Various The mercenaries, guerrillas
The Battle of Long Tan Various Australian soldiers Anachronistic 2006
Invisible Target Hong Kong Police 2007
The Apocalypse Code US soldiers 2007
American Gangster US soldiers 2007
Rambo Various Karen rebels 2008
The Sniper Hong Kong SDU sniper team M16A1 fitted with with A2 handguards and ACOG scope 2009
Elephant White several examples in weapons caches 2010
Red State Stephen Root Sheriff Wynan with A2 handguards 2011
Super 8 Kyle Chandler Jackson Lamb 2011
Noah Emmerich Colonel Nelec
US airmen and soldiers
Largo Winch II (2011) Praptpapol Suwanbang Kadjang 2011
State of Emergency US Marines A2 Handguards 2011
Men In Black 3 Military Police 2012
R2B: Return to Base South Korean honor guard 2012
Argo US Marines 2012
Battleground US soldiers 2012
A Dark Truth Equadorian soldier With M203 attached 2012
Cockneys vs. Zombies Alan Ford Ray With M203 attached 2012
Northern Limit Line 1970s South Korean navy patrol boat crewmen 2015
American Made Tom Cruise Barry Seal 2017
Malay Regiment 17th Royal Malay Regiment troopers
21st GGK commandos
Communist guerillas without handguard
KL Special Force Syamsul Yusof Ashraff 2018
Gang Anarchist mafias
STAFOC officers

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord Steve McGarrett 1979 - 1980
Hill Street Blues Emergency Action Team (E.A.T.) 1981 - 1987
The A-Team Various US Army soldiers 1983 - 1987
Vietnam War Story Eriq La Salle KC 1987-1989
Tour of Duty Various US Army soldiers 1987 - 1988
Ving Rhames SP4 Tucker "Burn Baby Burn" 1987
Max Headroom Janie Crane "War", mocked up as a telephoto "gun camera" and Network 23 logo on 20 round magazine 1987
The Stand Gary Sinise Stud Redman 1994
Various US Army soldiers
The X-Files - Season 6 Nevada Highway Patrolmen Mocked up with A2 handguards to pass for M16A2s / "Drive" (S6E02) 1998
Seven Days Various US Army personnel Fitted with M16A2 hand guards, some fitted with Cobray CM203 Flare Launchers, one fitted with a night-vision scope 1998 - 2001
Harsh Realm Various US Army soldiers Fitted with M16A2 hand guards 1999 - 2000
Going Back Pablo Espinosa Chico Spaceman 2001
Ultimate Force Tony Curran Sgt. Pete Twamley Fitted with M16A2 handguards 2002- 2006
Sendhil Ramamurthy Tpr. Alex Leonard
Christopher Fox Cpl. Louis Hoffman Fitted with Cobray CM203
Louis Decosta Johnson Cpl. Dave Woolston
Liam Garrigan Cpl. Ed Dwyer
Miles Anderson Col. Aidan Dempsey Changes to AR-15 Sporter-1 for firing scenes
Cult members 20 round magazines
Columbian Soldiers Fitted with leather slings
Simon Kassianides Juan Changes to AR-15 Sporter-1 in some scenes
Roberto Viana Miguel
Falling Skies Extras Resistance fighters 2011 -
Jon Benjamin Has a Van Mexican and Salvadoran border guards 2011
Tyrant Ali Non-firing replica/Episode 2 2014
Tyrant Abbudinian soldiers Non-firing replicas 2014
The X-Files Cory Rempel LCpl Walter Skinner, USMC Equipped with 20-round STANAG magazines. 2018
Haley Joel Osment PFC John "Kitten" James, USMC

Anime

Anime Title Character(s) Notes Date
Black Magic M-66 Spec-Ops Commandos Some fitted with M203 grenade launchers 1987
Appleseed Cyborg terrorist 1988
Patlabor: The Movie 2 JGSDF Intelligence Agents 1993
Amazing Nurse Nanako American soldiers 1999
Noir Ulgian Army Soldiers 2001
Full Metal Panic! Melissa Mao/Jimmer/Sousuke Sagara/Kurz Weber Fitted with A2 handguards 2002
Blood+ US soldiers; seen during flashbacks 2005
Black Lagoon/Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage Various 2006/2010
The Skull Man American soldiers 2009
Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky Various Seen with A1 and A2 handguards 2010

Video Games

Game Title Appears As Mods Notes Release Date
Fallout Tactics "M16A1" Fitted with A2 handguards 2001
Grand Theft Auto III "M16" Fitted with fictional 60-round magazine 2001
Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow "M16A2" Available only with Trijicon ACOG scope 2002
Battlefield: Vietnam "M16" Available as standard firing on full-auto, and as a sniper rifle fitted with scope but firing on semi-auto Modeling error showing the ejection port on the left side 2004
Söldner: Secret Wars "M16A1" 2004
Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War Fitted with A2 handguards; seen only in cutscenes, non-playable 2004
Project Reality "M16A2" Available with and without M203 grenade launcher Featured with A1 and A2 handguards 2005
Project Reality As the "M16A1 DMR" With scope mounted on carry handle 2005
Elite Warriors Vietnam 2005
Scarface: The World is Yours "Carbine Assault Rifle" Can be fitted with dual mags and M203 grenade launcher 2006
7.62 High Calibre "M16A1" Can be fitted with 20-round magazine, 30-round (and dual 30-round) magazine, Aimpoint M68 CCO, Trijicon ACOG scope, AV/PVS-14 night scope, laser module, tactical flashlight, bipod, bayonet, and suppressor 2008
1968 Tunnel Rats (VG) 2009
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker "M16A1" Can be fitted with suppressor, laser module M203 grenade launcher, underbarrel shotgun 2010
Project Reality: Vietnam "M16A1" Available with 20-round and 30-round magazines 2012
Alan Wake's American Nightmare "Assault Rifle" Fitted with A2 handguards 2012
Counter-Strike Online "M16A1" 30 + 1 round mag 2012
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades M16A1 2016
Mafia III 2016
Far Cry 5 "M-16" Incorrectly depicted with a 4-position selector 2018
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater "XM16E1" Camouflage paint scheme, semi/burst/auto trigger group, detachable suppressor 2005


M16A2 Rifle

Colt M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm. Select Fire rifle (Safe/Semi/3 round Burst Only).
Colt Government Model HBAR, the A2 version of the AR-15 Civilian Rifle - 5.56x45mm (note the lack of a third position for burst mode for the selector switch)
M16A2 (5.56x45mm) with M203 40mm grenade launcher

In 1982, a development requested by the US Marine Corps as a result of combat experience in Vietnam. Modifications were extensive, including new, faster rifling (1 twist every 7 inches, replacing the M16A1's 1:12 twist rate) to permit the use of the heavier SS109 round, a heavier barrel to resist bending and reduce overheating in sustained fire, an adjustable rear sight to allow sighting-in for ranges between 300 and 800 metres to take full advantage of the SS109's ballistic characteristics as well as windage adjustments without the use of special tools or a cartridge. The buttstock was lengthened 5⁄8 in (15.9 mm). The handguards were changed from the vertically split triangular pattern to the horizontally split round version found on carbines. A notch for the middle finger was added to the pistol grip. The flash hider was closed at the bottom to prevent dirt being kicked up when fired prone. A brass deflector was added to the upper receiver to prevent spent brass hitting left-handed shooters. The A1's full auto setting was dropped and replaced with a three round burst setting to prevent "spray and pray" usage by inexperienced users. The forward assist was changed from teardrop to round mainly as a cost-saving measure.

In contrast to the real world M16A2 rifle adopted by the US military in the early 1980s, most of the A2s seen in movies are A2 'kits' built on A1 full auto lower receivers (or converted A2 style receivers). Most movie "M16A2" rifles have the A1 Birdcage flash hider installed, since cinematographers want the "starburst" of the flash to go all the way around, not just divert upwards (as is the case with the correct A2 Flash hider). In the real world, the fully automatic version of the M16A2 is known as the M16A3, however, because nearly all movie "M16A2s" fire full automatic, it is not IMFDB policy to designate these rifles as "M16A3s" when identifying them in movies, since in nearly all cases they are intended to pass for M16A2s.

Also note that some American movies feature M16A1 rifles fitted with M16A2-style handguards, such as Heat and Die Hard 2. An example of such a rifle can be seen in the M16A1 entry above. When identifying M16 variants, please look at the receiver of the rifle in question, not just its handguards, to determine whether it is an A1 or an A2.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Maximum Overdrive Emilio Estevez Bill 1986
Scrooged Santa Claus 1988
In the Line of Duty: The FBI Murders Michael Gross William Matix 1988
The Abyss US Navy personnel Mix of A1 and SP1-style lower receivers; possibly semi-auto AR-15 A2s 1989
RoboCop 2 Detroit Police officers Fitted with MWC "90-rounder" inverted drums and 30-round translucent magazines 1990
Stone Cold Soldiers 1991
Rapid Fire François Chau Detective Farris fitted with tactical scope 1992
In the Line of Duty: Ambush at Waco Tim Daly Vernon Howell / David Koresh 1993
Neal McDonough Jason Starlight scope
Branch Davidians
Jurassic Park Guards With and without barrel-mounted weaponlights 1993
Clear and Present Danger US Army soldiers 1994
In the Army Now Pauly Shore PFC Bones Conway 1994
Dead Weekend Greg Collins TWF soldier Colt Government Model HBAR 1995
Marcos A. Ferraez Gonzolo Colt Government Model HBAR
TWF soldiers Colt Government Model HBAR
GoldenEye US Marines 1995
Ransom Michael Gaston FBI Special Agent Jack Sickler 1996
The Rock US Marine honor guard 1996
Eraser US Marshal 1996
Independence Day US military personnel 1996
Courage Under Fire Meg Ryan CPT Karen Emma Walden With full-auto lower receiver 1996
Seth Gilliam SGT Steven Altameyer
Various US Army soldiers
Bulletproof LAPD SWAT officers 1996
Various DEA agents
Volcano Army National Guard soldiers 1997
The Pest Aries Spears Chubby With A1-style forward assist 1997
Con Air John Malkovich Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom 1997
Ving Rhames Nathan "Diamond Dog" Jones
The Rage Gary Busey Art Dacy 1997
The Rage FBI agents, Dacy's henchmen 1997
Deep Impact US Army soldiers 1998
Godzilla (1998) US Army soldiers 1998
Armageddon US military personnel 1998
The Siege US Army soldiers 1998
Arlington Road Hans Stroble 16-Year-Old Parsons 1999
The General's Daughter Various actors US Army soldiers 1999
Blue Streak US Customs agents 1999
Various Mexican Border Patrol officers
Three Kings Mark Wahlberg SFC Troy Barlow 1999
Ice Cube SSG "Chief" Elgin
Various US Army soldiers
Python Soldiers 2000
Left Behind: The Movie IDF soldiers and American National Guardsmen 2000
Total Western Jean-Marie Winling The Colonel 2000
Total Western The Colonel's group member 2000
Evolution US Army soldiers 2001
Swordfish Police officer 2001
Jurassic Park III US Marines 2001
Blow Panamanian bank guards 2001
Behind Enemy Lines US Marines 2001
Black Hawk Down Josh Hartnett SSG Matt Eversmann 2001
Ewan McGregor SPC John Grimes Fitted with M203 grenade launcher
Gabriel Casseus SPC Mike Kurth
Johnny Strong SFC Randy Shughart
Carmine Giovinazzo SGT Mike Goodale
Matthew Marsden SPC Dale Sizemore
Gregory Sporleder SGT Scott Galentine
Brian Van Holt SGT Struecker
Enrique Murciano SSG Ruiz Fitted with Cobray CM203
Various US Army Rangers
Desert Saints Mexican police 2002
Ali G Indahouse Sacha Baron Cohen Ali G 2002
Blade II Matt Schulze Chupa Fitted with a tactical flashlight, two MWG 90-round magazines coupled together (night club scene) and standard 30-round mag (sewer scene) 2002
The Sum of All Fears US Marines With and without M203 grenade launcher 2002
Die Another Day US military personnel 2002
Various South Korean Military Police
Redemption Richard Norton Tom Sasso 2002
Police officers, Lam's thugs
Tears of the Sun US Marines 2003
Dreamcatcher US Army soldiers 2003
The Core US military personnel 2003
A Man Apart Guard 2003
Battle Royale II: Requiem Japanese soldiers 2003
44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout Ron Livingston Donnie Anderson 2003
Bad Boys II US Marines 2003
Various Miami PD officers
The Whole Ten Yards Bruce Willis Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudesky 2004
Matthew Perry Dr. Nicholas "Oz" Ozeransky
The Day After Tomorrow US Army soldier 2004
American Soldiers: A Day in Iraq Jason Matheson LT Diggs 2005
xXx: State of the Union US Marines 2005
Various US Army soldiers
War of the Worlds US Army soldiers With and without SureFire Universal WeaponLight 2005
Various US Marines
Lord of War Seen in warehouse 2005
Jarhead Jake Gyllenhaal LCpl. / Pfc. Anthony "Swoff" Swofford 2005
Jamie Foxx SSgt. Sykes With and without paintball conversion
Lucas Black LCpl. Chris Kruger
Laz Alonso LCpl. Ramon Escobar With Cobray CM203
Brian Geraghty Pfc. Fergus O'Donnell With and without M203 grenade launcher
Peter Sarsgaard Cpl. Alan Troy With M203 grenade launcher/Cobray CM203
Various US Marines
Arthur Hailey's Detective Miami PD officers 2005
The Tiger and the Snow US Army soldiers Equipped with Colt scopes 2005
X-Men: The Last Stand US Army soldiers 2006
The Departed Police honor guard 2006
Blood Diamond Sierra Leone Army soldiers 2006
Various South African mercenaries
Home of the Brave Brian Presley SPC Tommy Yates 2006
Various US Army soldiers
Battle for Haditha Various US Marines With vertical foregrips and Trijicon ACOG scopes, mocked up to resemble the M16A4 MWS 2007
Bobby Z Laurence Fishburne Tad Gruzsa 2007
Transformers US military personnel 2007
I Am Legend Guard 2007
Invisible Target Hong Kong Police 2007
Cloverfield US Army Soldiers 2008
Babylon A.D. Neolite 2008
Bangkok Dangerous Police sniper With scope, Harris bipod, and cheekpad 2008
Crossfire (Les Insoumis) In the warehouse of weapons 2008
The Eleventh Hour Bounty Hunter 2008
Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Colombian Army soldiers 2009
Rogue unit
Crank: High Voltage Stripper 2009
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen US Army soldiers 2009
Various Jordanian Special Forces soldiers
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra US Army soldier Fitted with M203 grenade launcher with the lower half of the standard handguard removed 2009
Surrogates US Army soldier 2009
Unthinkable US Army soldiers 2010
Fair Game (2010) US Military honor guard 2010
Five Brothers (Comme les cinq doigts de la main) Seen in illegal weapon store 2010
New Kids Nitro Tim Haars Gerrie extension to carrying handle, but no scope attached 2011
Colombiana US Embassy guards 2011
Steve Niles' Remains rouge US Army soldiers Airsoft 2011
Machine Gun Preacher Gerard Butler Sam Childers HBAR, w/scope 2011
A Dark Truth Equadorian soldiers 2012
Get the Gringo Prison Guard 2012
Warm Bodies Military survivors 2013
The Purge Purger 2013
Lupin III Thai sldiers 2014
22 Minutes (22 minuty) Somali Pirates Possibly a replica 2014
Jason Bourne USAF security forces personnel 2016
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk U.S. Army soldiers 2016
7 Days in Entebbe IDF MP anachronistic 2018

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Star Trek: Voyager Militant extremists "Future's End" 1995 - 2001
JAG Randy Vasquez GySgt Galindez "In Country" 1995 - 2005
David James Elliott CMDR Harmon "Harm" Rabb
Catherine Bell LtCol Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie
The X-Files - Season 3 FBI sharpshooter Custom AR-15A2 with 24" barrel, free-floating hand guard, bipod and scope / "Pusher" (S3E17) 1996
The X-Files - Season 5 US soldiers Shown in archived media footage / "Redux" (S5E01) 1997
Seven Days Johnathan LaPaglia Frank Parker "Doppleganger" 1998 - 2001
Don Franklin Cpt. Craig Donovan "Peacekeepers"
Rick Worthy Sgt. Grubbs
The X-Files Military Personnel Some with mounted weaponlights 1998 - 2002
The X-Files - Season 7 Sniper zombies With mounted scopes and laser sights / "Hollywood A.D." (S7E19) 2000
The X-Files - Season 9 Mexican Federal Police "John Doe" (S9E07) 2002
Ultimate Force Ross Kemp Sgt. Henry "Henno" Garvie Fitted with a Cobray CM203 2002 - 2006
Jamie Draven Cpl. Jamie Draven
Christopher Fox Cpl. Louis Hoffman
Richard Armitage Capt. Ian Macalwain Unmodified rifle
Laurence Fox Cpl. Mick Sharp
Tremors: The Series Patrick St. Esprit Karl Hartung "Night of the Shriekers" 2003
Security personnel
Red Cap SAS Troopers With and without M203s and Colt 4x20 scopes / "Betrayed" 2003 - 2004
CSI: NY US Marines With ACOG scopes, with & without M203 grenade launchers / "Heroes" 2004 - 2013
Eion Bailey Dean Lessing "Charge of This Post"
Over There Nicki Aycox Pvt. Brenda "Mrs. B" Mitchell 2005
Lizette Carrión PFC Esmaralda "Doublewide" Del Rio
Prison Break - Season 1 Guards / Soldiers 2005 - 2006
Prison Break - Season 2 Panamanian Police Officers 2006 - 2007
Prison Break - Season 3 Sona Guards 2007 - 2008
Invasion William Fichtner Sheriff Tom Underlay 2006
Jericho Skeet Ulrich Jake Green "Coalition of the Willing" 2006 - 2008
Kenneth Mitchell Eric Green "Reconstruction"
Brad Beyer Stanley Richmond
Gerald McRaney Johnston Green
The Unit Max Martini MSG Mack Gerhardt With M9 bayonet / "Play 16" 2006 - 2009
Eric Ladin CPL Blaylock "Dark of the Moon"
US Army soldiers "Dark of the Moon"
The Kill Point Pittsburg PD officers 2007
Armored van driver
Henchman
Knight Rider (2008) Justin Bruening Michael Knight Fitted with Leatherwood scope mount and telescopic sight / "Exit Light, Enter Knight" 2008
Bank robbers "Exit Light, Enter Knight"
The Andromeda Strain US Army soldiers Airsoft replicas 2008
Breaking Bad - Season 2 Mexican federales "Negro Y Azul" (S2E07) 2009
Falling Skies Extras Resistance fighters 2011
Revolution (TV Series) Extras Monroe Republic Militia Soldiers "Ties that Bind" 2012
Daniella Alonso Nora Clayton
Banshee - Season 1 can be seen in opening titles 2013
Banshee - Season 3 can be seen in Episode 10 opening titles 2015
The Last Ship Titus Welliver Thorwald "Unreal City" (S02E01) 2015

Anime

Title Character Notes Date
Suisei no Gargantia Sailor 2013
Mayoi Neko Overrun!
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai Banken Soldiers Using 20 round magazines 2006
Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex American Empire soldiers 2002
Planetes INTO soldiers and El Tanikans 2003

Video Games

Game Title Appears As Mods Notes Release Date
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Seen held by American soldiers in one of the game's endings, non-playable 2000
Hitman: Codename 47 "M16A2" 2000
Operation Flashpoint "M16A2" Can fire in semi-auto and three-round burst, also available with M203 The world model features a mirror of the right side of the receiver 2001
Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror "M16" Can fire in semi-auto and three-round burst, also fitted with barrel-mounted laser sight Featuring 20-round magazine 2002
America's Army "M16A2" Can fire in semi-auto and three-round burst, also available with M203 2002
Conflict: Desert Storm "Colt M16A2 Assault Rifle"
"M16 Colt Silenced Sub-machine Gun"
First variant is fitted with M203 and can fire in semi-auto, three-round burst, and inaccurately full-auto; second variant fitted with scope and suppressor, also featuring an inaccurate 32-round magazine 2002
Splinter Cell Used by hostile NPCs, non-playable 2002
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down "M16"
"M16/203"
Available with and without M203 First variant erroneously featuring a 14.5" barrel while ironically the second variant has the correct 20" barrel; the fire selector switch is set on semi-auto 2003
Postal 2 Machine Gun Pachmayr Vindicator pistol grip, Converted to full-auto Erroneously showing the fire selector switch set on semi-auto 2003
Manhunt "Defender Mark 1" Can fire in semi-auto and erroneously full-auto Firing 30 rounds from a 20-round magazine 2003
Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising "M16"
"M16/203"
Available with and without M203 First variant erroneously featuring a 14.5" barrel while ironically the second variant has the correct 20" barrel; the fire selector switch is set on semi-auto; Available only for the Rifleman class of the Joint Ops faction 2004
The Matrix: Path of Neo "Assault Rifle" Erroneously full-auto fire Featuring a Thermold magazine 2005
Battlefield 2 With and without M203 grenade launcher 2005
Joint Task Force With 20-round magazine 2006
Manhunt 2 2007
Alliance of Valiant Arms "M16A2" Erroneously fires in full-auto 2007
World in Conflict 2007
ArmA: Armed Assault 2007
9th Company: Roots of Terror 2008
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Seen only in cutscenes, non-playable 2008
Left 4 Dead "Assault Rifle" With barrel-mounted weaponlight
50-round magazine
2008
Far Cry 2 "M16A3" Seen in a magazine and on posters, non-playable 2008
Delta Force: Xtreme 2 "M16/M203" Fitted with M203 2009
ArmA II "M16A2"
"M16A2 M203"
Can fire in semi-auto and three-round burst, also available with M203 2009
Left 4 Dead 2 "M-16 Assault Rifle" With barrel-mounted weaponlight and optional laser sight
50-round magazine
2009
Firearms: Source "M16-A2" Can fire semi-auto and three-round burst 2010
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Seen held by a soldier in one of the game's endings, non-playable 2011
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Seen used by a thug in the intro cutscene, non-playable 2002
The Division 2 M16A2 2019


M16A4 Rifle

M16A4 with carry handle attached - 5.56x45mm
M16A4 with railed handguard, AN/PEQ-2 IR designator, KAC foregrip, and Trijicon TA01 4x32 ACOG scope - 5.56x45mm. This is not a military M16A4 MWS, because the railed handguard is not a KAC M5 RAS (it lacks the cut-out in the upper half to accommodate the M203 barrel clamp).
M16A4 with ACOG scope, RIS foregrip, Magpul MBUS rear sight, and AN/PEQ-15 IR designator - 5.56x45mm
M16A4 MWS with ACOG and grippod - 5.56x45mm. Note the cut-out in the KAC M5 RAS.

The M16A4 is a 3-round burst rifle like the M16A2. The original upper receiver with a fixed carry handle was replaced with one that has a removable handle and a built-in full-length Picatinny rail for mounting optics and other ancillary devices. The M16A4 is the standard-issue rifle of the U.S. Marine Corps, though a switch to the M4 carbine was made in late 2015.

Military-issue M16A4 are also equipped with a Knight's Armament Company M5 RAS railed handguard (RAS standing for "Rail Adapter System"). Such rifles were designated M16A4 MWS (Modular Weapon System) in the U.S. Army field manuals.

As is the case with the A2 rifle, all movie/TV appearances of the 'flat top' M16 are full auto, not 3-round burst, since no director wants to see only three rounds fire at a time. So these are, again, A4 uppers built on full auto lower receivers. Despite the fact that the real world A4 is a 3-round burst rifle, IMFDB will still refer to the movie incarnations as A4s, since that is the rifle they are supposed to represent on film.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Yamakasi Special Forces 2001
Warriors (Guerreros) Serbian and Albanian soldiers with a red dot sight 2002
The Tiger and the Snow Peter Swander Pete Fitted with M16A2 handguards and carrying handle 2005
Home of the Brave SFC Duhon Fitted with EOTech Holographic sight 2006
The Incredible Hulk (2008) Various US Army soldiers Fitted with carry handles and A2 handguards 2008
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) US Army soldiers Fitted with carry handles and A2 handguards 2008
Peranmai Jeyam Ravi Dhuruvan 2009
Vasundhara Kashyap Kalpana
Dhansika Jennifer
Varsha Ashwathi Thulasi
Liyashree Susheela
Roland Kickinger Anderson
Mercenary
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Various US military personnel Fitted with Trijicon ACOG scopes, SureFire Universal WeaponLights, and KAC RIS foregrips 2009
The Hurt Locker Various US Army soldiers Possibly airsoft replicas; fitted with various attachments 2009
Far Cry (2008) Mercenary Possibly Armalite M15A4; fitted with Aimpoint M68 CCO 2009
Legion Paul Bettany Michael Fitted with carry handle and M203 grenade launcher 2010
Survival of the Dead Alan Van Sprang SGT Crocket 2010
Athena Karkanis Tomboy
Red (2010) Helen Mirren Victoria Fitted with CAA Sharp Shooting Stock, HBAR flat top upper, sniping scope, A2 handguards, GemTech suppressor, and Harris Bipod 2010
Battle: Los Angeles Ne-Yo Cpl. Kevin Harris Fitted with Magpul MBUS rear sight, Trijicon TA31F ACOG scope (on Larue Precision mount), AN/PEQ-15 ATPIAL designator, Surefire Universal WeaponLight, and KAC RIS foregrip 2011
Jim Parrack LCpl. Kerns
Noel Fisher Pfc. Lenihan
Various US Marines Fitted with Magpul MBUS rear sights, Trijicon TA31F and TA31RCO ACOG scopes (on Larue Precision mount), AN/PEQ-15 ATPIAL designators, Surefire Universal WeaponLights, and KAC RIS foregrips or M203A2 grenade launchers
Various US California Army National Guardsmen Fitted with Magpul MBUS rear sight, Trijicon TA31F ACOG scope (on Larue Precision mount), Surefire Universal WeaponLight, and KAC RIS foregrip
Michael Peña Joe Rincon Fitted with Magpul MBUS rear sight, Trijicon TA31F ACOG scope (on Larue Precision mount), AN/PEQ-15 ATPIAL designator, Surefire Universal WeaponLight, and KAC RIS foregrip
Thor Various S.H.I.E.L.D. guards Fitted with C-More red dot sights 2011
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Various US Army soldiers 2011
Drive Angry Tom Atkins Cap 2011
White House Down Various US Army soldiers 2013
Brick Mansions Various Soldiers 2014
American Sniper Various US Marines With EOTech and ACOG sights, M203 grenade launchers 2014
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Various US Marines 2016
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Sterling K. Brown Sgt. Hurd 2016

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note/Episode Air Date
CSI: Miami US Marines "Come As You Are" With ACOG scope, Surefire Universal weaponlight, RIS foregrip, and AN/PEQ-2 IR designator
CSI: Miami Miami-Dade P.D. officer "Seeing Red" With EOTech red dot sight
Over There US Army soldier 2005
Jericho New Bern residents 2006 - 2008
Jericho Beck's soldiers With and without M68 Aimpoint red dot scope and Surefire weaponlight 2006 - 2008
Prison Break - Season 3 Sona Guards with scope and RIS handguard 2007 - 2008
The Unit US Army soldier "Dark of the Moon" 2009
Supernatural - Season 5 Jensen Ackles Dean Wincehster Dlask Arms Corp. rifle with telescopic sight / "Good God, Y'all" (S05E02) 2009
Shawn Roberts Austin
Future Weapons stock footages 2010
Ultimate Weapons various soldiers with ACOG and ITL MARS 2010
Breakout Kings / "Fun with Chemistry" Ted Hallet Corrections Officer 2011 - ????
Falling Skies Resistance fighter 2011
Defiance Justin Rain Quentin McCawley With telescopic sight 2013
Deklon Roberts Sentry
Defiance residents
Continuum - Season 2 / Split Second Liber8 terrorist suppressed and scoped 2013
Walking Dead, The - Season 7 Chandler Riggs Carl Grimes KAC M5 railed handguard, ACE Entry skeleton stock and 40 round PMAG, "Sing Me a Song" (S7E07) 2016
Austin Amelio Dwight

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Flag UNF soldiers used in multiple configurations 2006
Upotte!! Ichiroku (Japanese for One Six) With & without ACOG Scope 2012 - ????

Video Games

Game Title Appears As Mods Notes Release Date
Ghost Recon "M16A2" Availalbe with carry handle, Trijicon RX01NSN reflex sight, and M203A2 grenade launcher 2001
The Sum of All Fears (VG) "M16", "M16/M203" Available with Trijicon RX01NSN reflex sight and M203A2 grenade launcher 2002
Close Combat: First to Fight "M-16 A4" Fitted with Trijicon TA01 ACOG scope and M203 grenade launcher NPCs using rifles fitted with carry handles and A2 handguards 2005
Project Reality M16A4 Available with iron sights, EOTech Holographic sight, M68 CCO, Trijicon TA31F ACOG scope, KAC RIS and Grippod foregrips, and M203A2 grenade launcher 2005
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter "A4 Rifle" Available in the Xbox 360 version only 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms With Grippod foregrip, Magpul PMag magazine, and ACOG scope 2007
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 "A4 Rifle" Available with Aimpoint M68 CCO and H&K M320 grenade launcher Available in the Xbox 360 version only 2007
ArmA: Armed Assault "M16A4", "M16A4 ACOG", "M16A4 GL", "M16A4 ACOG GL" Available with iron sights, Trijiocn TA01 AOCG scope, AN/PEQ-2 TPIAL designator, and M203A2 grenade launcher Added with update v1.04; erroneously modeled with A1 pistol grip 2007
Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat M16A4 Available with iron sights, and M203A2 grenade launcher 2007
7.62 High Calibre M16A4 Can be fitted with 20, 30 and double 30-round magazines, M9 bayonet, Aimpoint M68 CCO, Trijicon ACOG scope, Leupold M8 scope, AV/PVS-4 night scope, laser module, tactical flashlight, Harris bipod, M9 bayonet, and suppressor 2008
Combat Arms "M-16A3" 2008
America's Army 3 "M16A4", "M16A4 DMR" Available with iron sights, Aimpoint M68 CCO, Trijicon M150 ACOG scope, and H&K M320 grenade launcher 2009
ArmA II "M16A4 CCO", ""M16A4 RCO", "M16A4 M203", "M16A4 M203 RCO" Available with iron sights, Aimpoint M68 CCO, Trijicon TA31 ACOG scope, AN/PEQ-2 TPIAL designator, and M203A2 grenade launcher Erroneously modeled with A1 pistol grip 2009
Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising "M16A4", "M16A4 Assault", "M16A4 CQB", "M16A4 Night Ops", "M16A4 Marksman", "M16A4 Stealth" Available with iron sights, Aimpoint M68 CCO, EOTech 551 Holographic sight, Trijicon TA01NSN ACOG scope, AN/PAS-13 thermal scope, AN/PEQ-2 IR Designator, suppressor, and M203A2 Grenade Launcher 2009
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 M16A4 Can be fitted w/ iron sights, red dot sight, EOTech 556 Holographic sight, Trijicon ACOG scope, Thermal scope, silencer, Masterkey underbarrel shotgun, and M203 grenade launcher 2009
Art of Murder: Hunt for the Puppeteer Fitted with A1 handguards 2009
Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny Fitted with A1 handguards 2009
Marines: Modern Urban Combat Fitted w/ Trijicon ACOG scope, and M203 grenade launcher 2010
Counter-Strike Online M16A4 Fitted with iron sights, KAC RIS foregrip, and painted with desert camouflage scheme Available to the Counter-Terrorist faction only 2010
Karma Online 2011
War Inc. Battlezone "Colt M16" 2011
Homefront "M16 Rifle" Can be fitted with various optical sights Fires in semi-automatic only, also incorrectly firing 20 rounds from a 30-round magazine 2011
Operation Flashpoint: Red River M16A4 Available with iron sights, Aimpoint M68 CCO, Trijicon TA31RCO ACOG scope, SureFire Universal WeaponLight, AN/PEQ-2 TPIAL designator, and M203 grenade launcher Modeled with reassembles to the Canadian C7 rifle, noticing by the handguard and the small rails attached beside the front iron sight 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 M16A4 Can be modified with FMJ rounds, extended mags, dual mags, red dot sight, Holographic sight, ACOG scope, thermal scope, heartbeat sensor, suppressor, M203 grenade launcher, and KAC Masterkey Modeled with a flash hider similar to the Non Gun M16A2 replica 2011
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action "M16" Fitted with EOTech 551 Holographic sight, 20-round magazine, and A2 handguards 2012
Arctic Combat 2012
Insurgency w/ various attachments 2014
Battlefield Hardline "M16A3" 2014
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare "M16" w/ various attachments Available in Supply Drops 2015
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered M16A4 Available with iron sights, SureShot red dot sight, M203 grenade launcher, suppressor, or Trijicon ACOG scope Incorrectly full-auto in singleplayer mode 2016
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds M16A4 w/ various attachments non-railed handguard 2017


Colt AR-15 Sporter-1

Colt AR-15 Sporter-1 (SP1) - 5.56x45mm

Films

Film Title Actor Character Notes Date
Hennessy IRA snipers 1975
Assault on Precinct 13 Gangmembers 1976
Scarface Al Pacino Tony Montana fitted with "faux" M203 grenade launcher 1983
Trespass Ice Cube Savon Fitted with A2 handguards and rubber bands on pistol grip and handguard 1992
Byron Minns Moon
Tommy "Tiny" Lister Cletus
Tico Wells Davis
In the Army Now Pauly Shore PFC "Bones" Conway Fitted with A2 handguards 1994
Lori Petty PVT Christine Jones
David Alan Grier PVT Fred Ostroff
Various US Army soldiers
The One That Got Away Paul McGann Chris Ryan fitted w/ Cobray CM203 1996
The One That Got Away David Morrissey Andy McNab fitted w/ Cobray CM203 1996
The One That Got Away Nick Brimble Vince Phillips fitted w/ Cobray CM203 1996
The One That Got Away Steven Waddington Dinger fitted w/ Cobray CM203 1996
The One That Got Away Simon Burke Stan fitted w/ Cobray CM203 1996
The One That Got Away Hannes Muller Mark fitted w/ Cobray CM203 1996
Four Brothers DPD honor guard Fitted with A2 handguards and 20-round magazines 2005

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Adam-12 Martin Milner Officer Malloy 1971-1975
Adam-12 Kent McCord Officer Reed 1971-1975
Dempsey and Makepeace Cortez´s henchmen "The Cortez Connection" (S03E08) 1985
Star Trek: Voyager Militant extremists Fitted with A2 handguards 1995 - 2001
Ultimate Force Ross Kemp SSgt. Henry "Henno" Garvie Fitted Cobray CM203 2002 - 2006
Chris Ryan SSgt. Johnny Bell
Jamie Draven Cpl. Jamie Dow
Miles Anderson Col. Aidan Dempsey M16A1 in non firing scenes
Columbian soldiers and rebels
Simon Kassianides Juan Changes to M16A1 in some scenes
Roberto Viana Miguel
Fargo Zahn McClarnon Hanzee Dent 2015


Colt AR-15A2 Sporter II

Colt AR-15A2 Sporter II, early model with A1 upper receiver and magazine removed - 5.56x45mm
Colt AR-15A2 Sporter II, late model with A1E1 upper receiver and 20-round magazine - 5.56x45mm

Films

Film Title Actor Character Notes Date
Tough Guys SWAT officers, sheriff deputies, Mexican police Early model 1986
China O'Brien II Frank Magner Frank Atkins Early model 1990
Tricia Quai Annie Atkins
Baskin's henchmen
Thunderheart FBI agents Early model 1992
Never Say Die Todd Jensen Agent Mike Roper With Cobray CM203 grenade launcher 1994
FBI commandos
Underworld Early model, seen in gun rack 2003

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Ultimate Weapons Early model with A1 handguard 2009


Colt Match Target

Colt Match Target with 5 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Colt Match Target Competition with 10 round magazine - 5.56x45mm

Post-ban version of the AR-15A2 HBAR; it has the bayonet lug deleted and features a barrel that has no threading and therefore cannot accept a muzzle brake or flash hider. A 'Competition' model was also made, incorporating a flat-top upper receiver to allow mounting of various optics. Both versions of the Match Target are available with a permanently attached compensator as a factory option.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Home of the Brave Brian Presley Tommy Yates With magazine removed 2006

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Mythbusters Competition with 30 round magazine 2003 - ????


Colt AR-15 Sporter Carbine

Colt Sporter I Carbine - 5.56x45mm. Colt's public offering of a lightweight carbine based on the AR-15 Platform. This rifle has been erroneously called "the M16 Shorty" for years by Law Enforcement and Firearms "authors". The "M16 Shorty" or "Shorty Carbine" have never been authorized or used names for the rifle by Colt or the Government.
Colt Sporter I Carbine modified with a 14.5" barrel to replicate a Model 654, the export model of the Model 653 without forward assist - 5.56x45mm
Colt Sporter II Carbine with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm. Colt model #R-6420. Colt still insisted on using the SP1 style lower receiver so any rifle that looks like this but has the ribbing around the magazine release button is not a Colt rifle. Variants of this rifle have both the round and tear drop forward assist buttons, however, most of the early years of production had the tear drop button, like this rifle in the photo.
Colt Sporter II Carbine with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm. This is the exact same rifle as above except with a 30 round magazine instead of a 20 round magazine.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Uncommon Valor Fred Ward Wilkes 1983
The Annihilators Andy Wood Woody Isaacson 1985
The Smile of the Fox Steve Bond Mark Derrick With a scoope, Model 6420 1992
The Smile of the Fox Derrick´s pal With a scope, Model 6420 1992
Never Say Die Todd Jensen Agent Mike Roper With custom short barrel 1994
Top Dog SWAT officers 1995
U.S. Marshals Michael Paul Chan Cultural Attache 1998
Point Blank Michael Wright Sonny 1998
Supreme Sanction An Alpha Section operative 1999
Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright 2010
American Heist Luis Da Silva Jr. Spoonie Sporter I 2014

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Ultimate Force Jamie Bamber Lt. Dotsy Doheny Sporter II fitted with solid stock and duckbill flash-hider 2002 - 2006
Miles Anderson Col. Aidan Dempsey
Heather Peace Tpr. Becca Gallagher
Tyrant Abbudinian soldiers and Shiek Rashid's guards non-firing replicas 2014

Anime

Title Character