The M4 carbine is a family of firearms that was derived from earlier carbine versions of the M16 rifle, which was in turn derived from the original AR-15 rifle that Eugene Stoner designed and ArmaLite manufactured. The M4 is a shorter and lighter variant of the M16A2 assault rifle. It is a gas-operated, magazine-fed, selective fire, shoulder-fired weapon with a telescoping stock and 14.5 in (370 mm) barrel to ease close quarters combat. Like the rest of the M16 family, it fires the .223 caliber, or 5.56 mm NATO round.
|Weight||6.36 lb (2.88 kg) empty
7.5 lb (3.4 kg) with 30 rounds
|Length||33 in (840 mm) (stock extended)
29.75 in (756 mm) (stock retracted)
|Barrel length||14.5 in (370 mm)|
|Action||Gas-operated, rotating bolt (Direct impingement)|
|Rate of fire||700–950 round/min cyclic|
|Muzzle velocity||2,900 ft/s (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|
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