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Posted: 10/7/2005 11:01:52 AM EDT
what is the source of the name M-16?
why theycalled this gun M-16?
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 11:06:54 AM EDT
M16?  Its the US military's designation.  As far as I know M is essentially model, and the subsequent number is arbitrary.  The weapon was replacing the M14 and M15 rifles, so it probably seemed reasonable to use 16.  
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 11:35:00 AM EDT
Everything in the military has the "M" for model, military names and civilian names are usually different.  Example, M9 pistol is the Beretta 92, M9 bayonet, M17 gas mask, M1 Tank, M1 Rifle, M1 Carbine, M2 Carbine...

You get the picture.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 12:37:12 PM EDT

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Everything in the military has the "M" for model, military names and civilian names are usually different.  Example, M9 pistol is the Beretta 92, M9 bayonet, M17 gas mask, M1 Tank, M1 Rifle, M1 Carbine, M2 Carbine...

You get the picture.



I thought the can opener was P-38 ?


Link Posted: 10/7/2005 12:53:17 PM EDT

I thought the can opener was P-38 ?


You, sir, are correct.  And in the tradition of military nomenclature the designation P-38 stands for "punture, 38" which is the number of punctures required to open a can of C-rations.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 2:22:26 PM EDT
Come on!  The P-51 is the larger model of the P-38.  It has a larger cutting (puncturing) surface so it sure as heck does not take 51 punctures.  We used to call the P-51 the Officers model.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 2:50:31 PM EDT

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Come on!  The P-51 is the larger model of the P-38.  It has a larger cutting (puncturing) surface so it sure as heck does not take 51 punctures.  We used to call the P-51 the Officers model.



If there is a LESS efficient way of doing something, I assure you that officers WILL find it!

Link Posted: 10/7/2005 3:40:30 PM EDT
I thought P = pursuit...  

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Link Posted: 10/8/2005 9:52:38 AM EDT

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I thought the can opener was P-38 ?


You, sir, are correct.  And in the tradition of military nomenclature the designation P-38 stands for "punture, 38" which is the number of punctures required to open a can of C-rations.



Or, the P-38 because you could open a can fast as lightning, the P-38 Lightning was an airplane, hence the P-38.  I've heard both.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 10:02:49 AM EDT
Then there is the M1, it can open lots of cans....

example:
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