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Category Weapons > Ranged
Type Assault Rifle
Cartridge 5.56x45mm Rounds
5.56x45mm Tracer Rounds
Repairable With Gun Cleaning Kit
Size 9x3 (27 Slots)
Weight 4 kg (9 lb)
Absorbency 0%
Internal Magazine 1-Round (Chambered Round)
Fire Modes Semi-Auto, 3-Round Burst
Range Medium
Rate of Fire Very High (~550 rounds/min (3-Round Burst))
Medium (~480 rounds/min (Semi-Auto))
Noise 4 (Loud)
2 ((Quiet) Standardized Suppressor/Plastic Bottle Suppressor)
Zeroing 25m - 200m (Hip-Fire/Iron Sights)
Magazines 10rd Mag-C Mag
20rd Mag-C Mag
30rd Mag-C Mag
30rd Standardized Mag
40rd Mag-C Mag
60rd Standardized Mag
Muzzles Standardized Suppressor
Plastic Bottle Suppressor
Bayonets M4-A1 Bayonet
Wraps Ghillie Rifle Wrap
Location Military
Rarity Rare
Variants M4-A1
Selective-fire assault rifle, fed from a standardized detachable magazine. Although it lacks support for custom optics, the long barrel and high rate of fire offer remarkable firepower. Uses 5.56x45mm rounds. — In-game description

The M16-A2 is a "Tier 3" assault rifle in DayZ.


The M16-A2 is a weapon suited to short-medium range firing. The high rate of fire in burst mode makes it suitable accurate shots at low to medium ranges, and its semi-auto fire mode allows for greater control at further distances, however long range firing is not recommended as you only have access to iron-sights.

For a full overview of the gun and stats, check out Wobo's site on the M16-A2


Weapon attachments are any accessories or devices that attach to a firearm in order to add, improve or modify the weapon's functionality or performance. In DayZ Standalone these attachments take the form of sights/optics, handguards, buttstocks, muzzle devices, barrel and handguard attachments and gun wraps.






  • The M16-A2 is based upon the real life M16A2 rifle, chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO. Issued shortly after the Vietnam War in 1982. This rifle was primarily burst-fire only, as soldiers in Vietnam tended to squeeze the trigger and mag-dump mag after mag. With the burst mode they intended for better hit probability as the shooter had to manually pull the trigger for multiple shots.
  • The M16-A2 was teased in an online podcast at The DayZ Podcast on June 6, 2021. Ahead of it's release in Experimental 1.13 on June 17, 2021