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I have noiced , since really the Afghan campaign and noticed it more and more in Iraq, that the US army's rifles seem to have all sorts of add ons on them, particularly on the SF ones.
Anyone know what they are? animal

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Some folks mistake the M4 for the M16A2. The M4 is shortened and lighter weight variant of the M16A2 rifle designed to operate in close quarters or linited space...ideal for Urban Warfare. The M4 started out as Special Operations specific weapon, but more and more conventional units are carrying it now. There are almost a dozen items that can be mounted on the M4 including special sights, illumination and pointing devices, flash/sound supressor and the M203 grenade launcher. You can even mount the Infanryman's best friend on it....a bayonet. Of course the M16 can carry several types of sights as well as an M203, but is a bit heavy after all this gear is attached to it. Ehrentitle

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Mostly what you are seeing on the top are EOTech holographic sights. They're pretty cool. My friend has one on his AR-15. There is a little window you look through that displays a circle with crosshairs. You can keep both eyes open when doing this (good for being aware of your surroundings, etc). Even if the device gets muddy, cracked, half destroyed, it will still display the reticle in whatever small area is not affected. Other items are Trijicon scopes. Again, these have lighted crosshairs or dots, but magnify the image (EOTechs don't magnify anything, just make target acquisition quicker.). Do some Google searches on those two names and you'll see plenty of pics.

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