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For other variants, see M16A4 and M16A1.

The M16 is an assault rifle featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. It also makes a brief appearance in Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

M16 menu icon BO

40-30 (MP)

Damage Multipliers

Head: 1.4, Body: 1, Limbs: 1

Weapon Class

Assault Rifle

Magazine Size

30 rounds (45 with Extended Mags)



Unlocked at


Cost (Zombies)


Starting Ammunition

30+630 (SP), 30+90 (MP)

Maximum Ammunition

30+660 (SP) (45+990 with Extended Mags)
30+240 (MP), 30+120 (Zombies)

Reload Time

2.03 loaded, 2.36 unloaded

Rate of Fire

750 RPM (SP)
937 per burst (459 overall) (MP & Zombies)

Range (explanation)

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Recoil center speed




Fire Mode

Automatic (SP), 3-round burst (MP)

Used by

SOG, USMC, Op 40

HUD icon

M16 pick-up


Original sound

w/ Suppressor


The M16 is fully-automatic in the campaign. It is the starting weapon in "Operation 40", where it is equipped with an ACOG scope and M203 Grenade Launcher. Also, a silenced M16 is seen in the hands of Carlos; M16s equipped with ACOG Scopes are held by Frank WoodsJoseph Bowman, and many other CIA agents throughout the mission as well. It is also the starting weapon in "S.O.G.", where it is equipped with a Masterkey. It can be found throughout "S.O.G." with different attachments. An M16 can also be found in "Crash Site" off the bodies of dead teammates. Overall, the M16 has low recoil, a high rate of fire, and medium damage.


The M16 is a free weapon unlocked in one of the default classes at level 1, equipped with an ASP, and with the perks Scavenger, Steady Aim, and Second Chance.

The M16 is a higher damage weapon. One whole burst will usually suffice, but at longer ranges, an extra bullet may be required, thus an extra burst. The headshot multiplier allows for 1 less bullet, allowing for 1 accurate burst to kill an enemy from afar. This high damage is offset due to the M16 having the lowest "overall" RPM of all assault rifles, at a measly 459 RPM. The bullets shot in 1 burst will fly at 937 RPM. Both of these speeds are slower than the G11. The M16 has regular penetration.

In the accuracy department, the M16 is generally deemed inferior to the G11, and in general, accuracy is decent. The iron sights can confuse some users, and the recoil is high enough to throw off aim with consecutively shot bursts. Allowing a window of delay between bursts will allow this recoil to settle.

Handling of the M16 remains normal. ADS time is on par with the other assault rifles, and the hip-fire spread is a moderate size. However, the M16 has a very fast reload time, at 2.03 seconds regular, or 2.36 seconds for an empty reload. Reload cancelling can further hasten this already swift reload.

The M16 has the usual assortment of attachment options. Optical attachments can work very well with this weapon. For regular engagements, the Red Dot Sight or the Reflex Sight will serve better at medium range if the user dislikes the iron sights. The ACOG Scope works better at long range, and strangely, will reduce recoil instead of increase it, making it extremely accurate as a marksman-infantry hybrid weapon. The Infrared Scope works in a much worse matter, increasing recoil and spread, while making Ghost pro users completely invisible.

Due to the M16's nature, Extended Mags and Dual Mags are often not as viable on the M16, as the M16 isn't hard-pressed for ammunition like the FAMAS or AUG, and the M16 doesn't necessarily chew up its magazine. If another attachment is needed, it's not recommended to use these over the other attachment.

The Suppressor will cut down on the M16's range, resulting in more hitmarkers compared to without. However, a player that finds themselves shooting more than 1 burst most of the time on an enemy will find minimal drawback from this attachment.

The underbarrel attachments are available, and can work very well on the M16 if close range prowess is wanted. The Masterkey and the Flamethrower prove to be very deadly up close. The drawbacks to both of these attachments should be considered, such as the Flamethrower being rendered useless against a Flak Jacket pro user, and the Masterkey's very low time to kill if the first shot misses.

The Grenade Launcher will give a good medium-range weapon capable of clearing rooms or objective points with relative ease. However, its high cost, and that you only get 2 grenades to use, make its use less popular.

In conclusion, the M16 is a very versatile weapon at medium ranges. What it lacks in close quarters combat, it makes up for it with great viability at gunfights from afar, and that the M16 is a free weapon to use. These aspects alone make it a commonplace weapon for players who prestige, and with players who just start playing the game.



The M16 is available in Zombies, it can be bought off the wall for 1200 points. Similar to Multiplayer it is a three-round burst weapon. Due to its burst nature, it can deal respectable headshot damage until around round 10, where it starts to lose its effectiveness rather quickly. Ammunition can be purchased from off the wall, and may be a common occurance to do so, as the M16 only comes with 120 bullets to fire, alongside its low damage, which further encourages players to shoot more bullets.

When upgraded in the Pack-A-Punch Machine, it becomes the "Skullcrusher". It becomes fully automatic, allowing it to shoot at a rapid 937 RPM. It also gains an M203 Grenade Launcher, which is very effective for clearing out crowds of enemies. The M203 can have a maximum of up to 9 grenades in reserve (these are affected by Max Ammo pickups). Damage is also increased by a modest amount. Overall, the Skullcrusher has a lower damage output compared to other Assault Rifles, but the addition of the M203 can prove as a valuable asset.

M16 vs SkullcrusherEdit

M16 Skullcrusher
M16 BO Skullcrusher BO
Damage 100-70 150-100
Fire mode 3-round burst Automatic
Rate of fire ~450 937
Magazine size 30 30
Max ammo 120+30 270+30
Reload 2.03, 2.36 empty 2.03, 2.36 empty
Mobility Medium Medium
Extras Higher damage, becomes fully automatic, more ammo, M203


For camouflage images, see M16/Camouflage.
For attachment images, see M16/Attachments.

Call of Duty: Black Ops: DeclassifiedEdit

Weapon Class

Assault Rifle

Magazine Size

30 rounds

Starting Ammunition


Reload Time

1.40s [1]





Fire Mode

3-round burst
Fully-Automatic (when used by enemies)

The M16 returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified, using its Black Ops weapon model and burst fire mode.


The M16 can be found in the hands of enemies in several missions. Although it is burst fire when used by the player, it is fully automatic when used by enemies. Its first appearance is in "Checking Out" where it is used by Viet Cong units.

Call of Duty: GhostsEdit

The M16 appears in the perk icons for Reflex and Overkill.

Call of Duty: Advanced WarfareEdit

M16 menu icon AW

45-30-25 (MP)

Weapon Class

Assault Rifle

Magazine Size

30 rounds (45 w/ Extended Mags)

Starting Ammunition

30+150 (MP)

Maximum Ammunition

30+225 (MP)

Reload Time

2.03s (full), 2.36s (empty)

Rate of Fire

789 RPM per burst (420 overall)

Range (explanation)




Fire Mode

3-round burst

"Also returning to Call of Duty – the M16! This three-round burst Assault Rifle offers a little more damage than the ARX-160, but adds a slightly longer delay between bursts. It’s a great weapon to use on long sight-lines, just don’t get caught off guard from someone flanking you, and be prepared with a solid secondary weapon if they get too close. Like the AK47, the M16’s base weapon will be unlocked for use in Create a Class once you receive a variant in a Supply Drop or Advanced Supply Drop. Be on the lookout for the stats of the five unique variants when they release on Xbox One next week!"
— Sledgehammer Games description

The M16 returns in Advanced Warfare. It was first introduced to Xbox One players on September 1, 2015. In order to unlock the base M16, players must receive a supply drop variant first.


The M16 has high damage per burst, but has the slowest rate of fire of any burst-fire assault rifle. It is best suited for long range combat, handling well with careful aim and patience. The M16's iconic iron sights are very obtrusive on part of the carrying handle, so optical attachments are optimal for target acquisition at a distance.


Gallery Edit

Supply Drop VariantsEdit

Name Rarity Advantages Disadvantages Notes
Sweet Sixteen Enlisted Damage: 45-30-27 Hipspread +10%
Bull Trap Professional Fire Rate: 833 RPM per burst (432 overall) Damage: 45-30-22
Sandman Elite ADS Time −10%
Hipspread −10%
Fire Rate: 722 RPM per burst (400 overall)
Royalty Elite Range: 300-2300
ADS Time −10%
Hipspread −10%
Fire Rate: 722 RPM per burst (400 overall)
War Pig Legendary Range: 300-2300 ADS time +10%


Call of Duty: Black Ops Edit

  • An M16 equipped with Flamethrower's heat-shield is red, which cannot change with camouflage.
  • The Create-A-Class picture shows a windage/elevation adjuster, but the in-game model doesn't have one.
  • During Killcams with the M16, sometimes when multiple bursts are fired, the audio can become out of sync, and it fires some bullets without sound, and some burst with only the sound of two bullets.
  • The HUD icon/killfeed icon of the M16 has a longer magazine than the actual in-game model.
  • The M16 with Red Camouflage only has a few red spots on the receiver.
  • On the receiver, above the magazine, it says M16A1 CAL. 5.56 MM 915470, and on the other side, behind the magazine, it says Firearms Division Industries Hartford Conn. USA.
  • In the level "Crash Site" if the player kills a U.S. Marine and picks up his M16, it will not make any noise if shot or reloaded.
  • The M16 has a cameo in Dead Ops Arcade, appearing on the loading screen.
  • In the level "Operation 40", Carlos' M16 does not have the carrying handle.
  • In the Zombies map "Five", an unobtainable M16 can be found on a rack.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Edit

  • The M16 shows noticeable signs of wear, mainly around the charging handle. On the charging handle are missing chips of paint, and on the carrying handle below the rear iron sight post are several scratches.
  • The carrying handle is not changed by any camouflage.
  • "PROPERTY OF U.S. GOVT. M16A4 CAL 5.56MM 23514284" and "MANUFAC. SHG GAMES SF CA" can be seen inscribed on the left side of the M16.


Call of Duty Black Ops M16 vs G1104:03

Call of Duty Black Ops M16 vs G11

Weapon comparison between the M16 and G11

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