I was recently at my favorite gun shop.
Clerk Who Didn’t Know Me: So what are you in the market for?
Me: An AR, Mil Spec.
CWDKM (nods and pulls a rifle off the rack behind him): Here you are sir. An accurate reproduction of the M-16A2 Service Rifle.
And indeed it was. I politely accepted and put it up to my shoulder and it fit into my shoulder-pocket like an old friend.
The thing about the M-16A2 is that it was built with the complaints of Vietnam era WWII career sergeants in mind. The M-16’s rollout was plagued by a lack of training on the rifle itself, no cleaning kits, and the Army’s stupid Fields of Fire doctrine.
Honestly, the only things that the A2 version brought to the party that the original version needed was the forward-assist and maybe the muzzle compensator.
The A2 is much heavier than it needs to be because the Lifer Sergeants felt the original version was too “wimpy”. I.E. Not as heavy as an M-1.
Pounds. Equal. Pain. The M-16A2 was always much heavier than it needed to be.
Me (politely returning the rife): Something less primitive please.
CWDKM (nods and pulls something else off the wall): What are planning to use it for sir?
Me (very awkward silence):
Gun Shop Owner Who Does Know Me (barely keeping from laughing): You still having trouble with coyotes on your property?
Me: Uh…YES! Yes, I do.
And I actually do, come to that.