Who Invented the M16 Rifle?


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Eugene Morrison Stoner is credited with inventing the American M16 while working as chief engineer for ArmaLite. The M16 became the standard-issue assault rifle of the U.S. military in 1963.

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The invention was inspired by studies that showed soldiers were not pulling the trigger during the pressures of combat, and Stoner determined to build a firearm that fired repeatedly with a single pull of the trigger. Derived from the basic AR-10 model he completed in 1955, the design was improved by his team at the urging of the armed forces and released as the AR-15, which was later adopted by United States military as the M16.

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