A British M16

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Simon, aka. Simon_the_Brit, was an Armorer in the British Army. He sent me photos of the M16 he was issued with during the British Army jungle training in Malaysia, which he participated in sometime between 1984 and 1986.

I was surprised to learn that at the time, just before the introduction of the L85A1, the Army had quite a mix of rifles in use, including M16s. This particular M16 was of 1960s vintage.

Now that, my friends, is a nice mustache 🙂
Simon with a L1A1 SLR (FN FAL), the standard issue rifle at the time.

Many thanks to Simon for these very interesting photos.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Adrian Adrian on Nov 09, 2010

    The Galil rifle is not inaccurate ,but it´s hevier than the M-16,here in Colombia we are fighting a true war and we could buy cheaper m-16´s than the Galil but we buy the much durable,rugged accurate and reliable heavy Galil for long battles,two or trhee days of sustained combat The Galil is a winner,for SF or assault groups m-16 plattform is issued ,and the "Plan Colombia" gave us some thousand of M-16 rifles for free ,as an ex-military I can tell you that a Galil it´s heavier than an M-16 ,but it´s stronger and it´s reliability it´s superior to the M-16 reliability an inacurate rifle' ask to your fellows instructors here in Colombia how a Galil shots.
    By the way now we are making the galil in our state owned company INDUMIL ,the Galil ACE and the older model.

  • Para Para on Mar 05, 2013

    It's hardly surprising.
    The M16 rifle series, along with others, have been in service (largely with Special Forces) in Britain for a number of decades.