Thursday, August 18, 2016

Gun Museum, Siem Reap, Cambodia

A while back I was bumming around Cambodia. Actually, I was employed to teaching English to the Fire and rescue crew at the Siem Reap international Airport. "SR" is a small town with not much to do except get drunk and take in some of the local historical museums etc.

One saturday, I hired a "tuktuk" to take me to the local Military museum where i was able to look at and actually handle some of the obsolete weapons from the ww2 era to the Vietnam conflict. It was interesting. As a military trained Armorer, I have an interest in fire arms especially the older weapons. At the museum, I was able to perform a function check on an old M16A1 rifle (see picture), I have no doubt that after a few replacement parts and a good cleaning this weapon could be made to fire. I wondered how this American issue weapon ended up in a Museum in Cambodia, Im sure it would be an interesting story. I have posted below a little information for you on this weapon and its current variants.

(From Wikipedia)

The M16 rifle, officially designated Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M16, is a United States military adaptation of the ArmaLite AR-15 rifle. The original M16 was a select-fire, 5.56×45mm rifle with a 20-round magazine.
In 1964, the M16 entered American military service and the following year was deployed for jungle warfare operations during the Vietnam War. In 1969, the M16A1 replaced the M14 rifle to become the U.S. military's standard service rifle. The M16A1 improvements include a bolt-assist, chrome plated bore and a new 30-round magazine. In 1983, the USMC adopted the M16A2 rifle and the U.S. Army adopted it in 1986. The M16A2 fires the improved 5.56×45mm NATO (M855/SS109) cartridge and has a new adjustable rear sight, case deflector, heavy barrel, improved handguard, pistol grip and buttstock, as well as a semi-auto and three-round burst only fire selector. Adopted in 1998, the M16A4 is the fourth generation of the M16 series. It is equipped with a removable carrying handle and Picatinny rail for mounting optics and other ancillary devices.
The M16 has also been widely adopted by other militaries around the world. Total worldwide production of M16s has been approximately 8 million, making it the most-produced firearm of its 5.56 mm caliber. The U.S. Army has largely replaced the M16 in combat units with the shorter and lighter M4 carbine, and the U.S. Marine Corps approved a similar change in October 2015.

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