Wednesday, November 19, 2014


M4A1 (Carbine, Assault rifle)

In service: 1994-present
Colt Defense;
U.S. Ordnance;
Remington Arms Company;
THOR Global Defense Group;
SME Ordnance;
FN Herstal;
Sarsılmaz Arms

Produced: 1994-present
Number built: 71,000
Variants: M4A1, CQBR (Mark-18 Mod 0)

2.88 kg empty;
3.4 kg with 30 rounds
840 mm (stock extended);
756 mm (stock retracted)
Barrel length: 370 mm

Cartridge: 5.56×45mm NATO
Action: Gas-operated, rotating bolt (Direct impingement)
Rate of fire: 700-950 round/min cyclic
Muzzle velocity: 880 m/s

Effective firing range: 500 m for a point target and 600 m for an area target
Feed system: 30 round box magazine or other STANAG magazines
Sights: Iron or various optics

The M4 is a shorter and lighter variant of the M16A2 assault rifle

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