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Armalite AR-16

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Country of origin



Eugene Stoner

Weapon type

Battle rifle


7.62x51mm NATO


Gas operated

Overall length

940 millimeters

Barrel length

464 millimeters

Weight empty

3 kilograms, empty

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

20 rounds

Cyclic rate

700-800 rounds per minute

The AR-16 is a prototype select-fire, gas operated battle rifle made by ArmaLite after the US Military adopted and bought the designs of the AR-15 and M16. The AR-16 was only manufactured in prototype form and was never put into production. The AR-16 was Eugene Stoner's last design for ArmaLite; he left the company soon afterwards.


Eugene Stoner had been trying to start a new design on the operation of weapons after the AR-15's expanding gas action was bought by the US Military and Colt. He tried using the short stroke gas-piston. It never was finished, though, as after ArmaLite was reorganized, Stoner left. The design was eventually used in the 5.56x45mm NATO Armalite AR-18, but the AR-16 never became an issued rifle.


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