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Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Service history
In service 1997–present
Used by See Users
Wars War in Afghanistan (2001–present), War in Iraq (2003-present)
Production history
Manufacturer Colt Defense
Produced 1994–present
Variants M4A1, CQBR
Weight 5.9 lb (2.7 kg) empty
6.9 lb (3.1 kg) with 30 rounds
Length 33 in (838 mm) (stock extended)
29.8 in (757 mm) (stock retracted)
Barrel length 14.5 in (368 mm)
Cartridge 5.56x45mm NATO
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 700-950 round/min cyclic
Muzzle velocity 2,900 ft/s (880 m/s)
Effective range 300 m (330 yd)
Maximum range 800 m (870 yd)[citation needed]
Feed system 30 round box magazine or other STANAG Magazines.
The M4 carbine is a family of firearms tracing its lineage back to earlier carbine versions of the M16, all based on the original AR-15 made by ArmaLite. It is a shorter and lighter version of the M16A2 assault rifle, achieving 80% parts commonality with the M16A2.[1] The M4 has selective fire options including semi-automatic and three-round burst (like the M16A2), while the M4A1 has a "full auto" option in place of the three-round burst.

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