How the M-16 3-Round Burst Works

Nathan S
by Nathan S

Most military members take the arcane workings of their rifle for granted. Even an avid shooter myself, I was NEVER allowed to do maintenance on my M-16 fire control group while I was in the Corps. While some might argue this is a good thing considering that many members of the military are not interested in firearms, I firmly believe that everyone should know their weapon inside and out – especially if there is an issue.

Rant over, YouTuber Stealth the Unknown has taken the time to create a fantastic video showing how the 3-round burst works. He builds up from semi-auto, to full-auto, and finally to the burst function.

The more you know…

*Title photo from ARFCOM.

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • John John on May 12, 2015

    Very well thought out video. Really clear description and animation. I am glad I watched it.

  • MrEllis MrEllis on May 12, 2015

    Avert your eyes! It is forbidden! Aaaaaaaaaaaah!

    Also, neat write-up, thanks.