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Apocalypse Now. - M16 Clip
The clip on the m16 rifle they carry is a curved clip. The vietnam era m16 had a straight shorter clip that didn't hold as many rounds to prevent jamming. The clip on them in the movie are what are on the current m16 rifles.
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JOSEPH on 11-13-2004
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MattTheBrave writes:
the curved clips are not exclusive to present day m-16s. straight clips were used because they were more space friendly. not to prevent jamming. and vietnam era m-16s didnt only use straight clips. they used rounded clips too.
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chris writes:
I tried to find info on the clips used in Vietnam after reading Matt's comment, and it looks as if the only ones used in the M-16 were the straight 20 round magazine. Also, the Army gave tips on how to use it (see link) http://www.i-kirk.info/tales/vnr08.html
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Scout449 writes:
I served in Vietnam with the 1st Infantry in 1968. Only the straight 20-round magazines were issued. The rounded ones may have been available late in the war, but I'm not sure. Remember, thought, this film is an allegory, not history.
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