Rise of the M-16 Rifle…& Political Skullduggery

Opinion by Contributor John McNair

Colt M16 Semi Automatic Rifle
Colt M16 Semi-Automatic Rifle: Photo from Rock Island Auction Company

Washington DC – -(AmmoLand.com)- The stout little guy occupying the couch out in the foyer of Vice President Johnson’s office had just arrived as he had many times over the last year or so. He had spent much time between Johnson and McNamara’s offices trying to help them figure out how the U.S could buy his product and in an amount that would pull his teetering company from the red. This CEO had an unusual history.

David Karr and Alfons Landa (center)
David Karr and Alfons Landa (center) Google Image Search

He was born in Paris in 1918 and had been a member of the Communist Party. He was well known around Washington D.C. due to his writing for the communist paper, the Daily Worker. He had been under investigation by the FBI for his communist dealings and by the age of thirty, David Karr, a Russian Jew, had entered the world of public relations and had become a specialist in proxy fights. He partnered with corporate raider Alfons Landa, and by mid-1958 the two of them had taken control of the Penn-Texas Corporation, a holding company valued at over 130 million Dollars in assets. They renamed the company Fairbanks-Whitney, and under Karr’s leadership, its stocks doubled in value. Previous of that merger and during September of 1955 Colt Firearms, due to mismanagement of funds, voted to merge with Fairbanks-Whitney. Colt soon owned a licence to manufacture AR-15/10 rifles. Fairchild/ Armalite decided. because of repeated failures of the basic designs. to license the AR-15/10 rifle designs to Colt/Fairbanks-Whitney in early 1959.

Colt Industries Newspaper Clipping
Creation of Colt Industries, Newspaper Clipping

Under Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, the United States military complex was beginning a new era where it would no longer train soldiers to man a particular specialty or discipline. McNamara decided it would be more beneficial to contract everything out. For instance, the Navy’s Construction Battalion (CBs) would no longer build runways and airports. President Johnson’s (LBJ) close friends and benefactors, the Brown Brothers (Brown and Root, Haliburton, KBR), would be contracted for building infrastructure. The Springfield Armory would no longer design, test, and manufacture rifles. Almost every facet of the Vietnam war was being contracted out save for the actual combat. How this was beneficial to the political factions was that money from the contracts could be readily “kicked back” to those signing the contracts as reelection funding. This new era was the brainchild of “wiz kid” McNamara…a title he and his minions were termed after they did wonders for the auto industry before coming on board the Johnson administration.

It was in this light that David Karr was there at Johnson’s office. To purchase one of Karr’s products could be beneficial to both Karr’s company and the funding of the upcoming election campaigns, but there were roadblocks.

First, potential government firearm purchases were historically submitted through the Springfield Armory, usually due to a specification being issued from the military via the Pentagon. After all, the new M-14 rifle took ten (10) years to develop and was just now being released to the troops as the latest battle rifle. Second, Kennedy had just issued in October 1963, the NSAM (National Security Action Memorandum) 263, which approved of the removal of troops from Vietnam as a start to end the conflict, so there was no need for the development of a new battle rifle.

Johnson had been telling Karr, one of his close friends and benefactors, to sit tight in order to see what the future may bring.

Few people know that it was the AR-10 not the AR-15 that Armalite/Colt had been pitting against the M-14 and the FN-FAL for government testing.

Armalite AR10 Rifle
Armalite AR10 Rifle Click here for more AR images

The AR-10 lost every battle to those two superior rifles, but supposedly, due to a request from General Willard G. Wyman in 1957, the AR-15 not the AR-10 was mysteriously being considered to replace the 30 cal carbine because the carbine was wanting on stopping power. To sell the purchase of a new rifle, McNamara had to come up with some excuses. First, it was said the M-14 seemed to rise during automatic fire. The next reason was even though the new M-14 .308 cartridge was significantly smaller than the M-1 Garand’s 30-06 cartridge, (the cartridge that won WWII) a soldier could carry even more of the new .223 cartridge which was being used in the M-16.

Also, there was this mysterious battle in Vietnam where the NVA’s AK-47s supposedly outclassed the M-14s, so all of a sudden, there was a push to field this new AR-15/M-16, far smaller in size and power than the M-14.

There has been no evidence that anyone in the field complained about pitting the M-14 against the AK-47 and don’t forget that during WWII the U.S. military carried enough ammo to feed their M1 Garands with no problem, through every jungle, island-hopping campaign including Burma during WWII. Incidentally, the AK-47 and most other fully automatic rifles rise during full-auto fire. Eventually the M-14 had its full-auto selector removed, but more importantly, the Army had always taught its troops to shoot, with most rifles, on semi-auto rather than full-auto or to shoot in three-shot bursts…so why would the M-14’s rise be of any consideration? After receiving the new M-16, most Marines wanted to get their M-14s back. One Marine lieutenant even wrote a letter to the Washington Post about the continuing malfunctions of the M-16 during battle which eventually lead to a Senate investigation in 1967.

The report of the comparative evaluation of the M14, AR15 and AK47 rifles was submitted to the Army Chief of Staff, who reviewed it and forwarded it with his conclusions and recommendations to the Secretary of the Army on January 14, 1963. In the review of the report, the M14 was shown as superior to the AR15 in penetration, night firing, and reliability, and the AR15 superior to the M14 in automatic fire and transportability. Most would think penetration and reliability two of the most important considerations.

1968 REPORT OF THE M16 RIFLE REVIEW PANEL

Even after all the continuing negative reports, in January 1963, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara concluded that the AR-15 (not the AR-10) was the superior weapon system and ordered a halt to M14 production. So he concluded in four months what it usually took the Springfield Armory years to do. Then, on November 4, 1963, McNamara authorized the purchase of 104,000 copies of the M-16(AR-15). On November 21, the day before Kennedy’s death, NSAM 273, written in Honolulu by McGeorge Bundy, reevaluated Kennedy’s NSAM 263 and returned the U.S. towards war. President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. In January 1964, David Karr resigned as CEO, and in May the Fairbanks-Whitney Corporation was renamed Colt Industries.

A few years later David Karr was “assassinated” with poison while on the way home from Moscow. Somehow, David Karr, Johnson and McNamara and were able to circumvent the whole of the military complex protocol to sell 104,000 poorly functioning rifles to the United States government.

McNamara was at one time CEO of Ford Motor Company and was by no means an idiot. So why did McNamara decide, after all the controversy, that the unproven M-16 was a rifle needed by the U.S. military…especially in light of the new M-14 having just arrived on the battlefield after ten (10) years of development?

Furthermore, he did so against the wishes of the military? By the end of 1964, the M-16 was widely distributed to the troops in Vietnam and was subsequently adopted in 1969 as the main battle rifle, not just the replacement for the 30 cal carbine, of the U.S. military. McNamara closed the Springfield Armory for good in 1968.

The Israel Connection

You’ve been told that Kennedy was assassinated by perhaps the Mafia or Castro, the CIA or maybe even Russia. What the public never understood was that Kennedy’s most ardent adversary was none of the above but was David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s then prime minister.

There had been an ongoing, passionate feud between Israel and the Kennedy brothers. JFK had found out that Israel had a nuclear weapons facility buried under the Negev Desert and was demanding Israel give up its ambitions for nuclear weapons and, just as passionately, demanded Israel hold mediation talks concerning repatriation and right of return for the Palestinians. Robert Kennedy, the U.S. attorney general, had discovered that Israel was smuggling vast amounts of funds into the U.S. for distribution by the AZC (American Zionist Council)… later to become AIPAC. He was publically demanding that AIPAC be listed as a foreign agent…a demand which is still being voiced today. David Ben-Gurion had been humiliated by the Kennedys when JFK refused him access to the White House for talks. Ben-Gurion also made several speeches that alluded to Kennedy being a severe threat to the future of Israel.

President Lyndon Johnson
President Lyndon Johnson

In 1967 LBJ helped quash the U.S.S liberty incident where Israel attacked a U.S. spy ship off the coast of Gaza in an effort to drag the U.S. into the Six-Day War against Egypt. If you take time to study the relationship between LBJ and Israel one might conclude there was a relationship of beneficial proportions. Many people believe that Johnson was in on the attack and not just a president who didn’t want to embarrass an ally. Understanding that David Karr was a Jew, loyal to Israel and perhaps a representative of Israel or Ben-Gurion it would be easy to conclude that the sale of the M-16 rifle may have been influenced by that relationship. By-the-way, David Karr sold Israel their first Russian-designed desalinization plant in March 1961… So he had a close relationship with Ben-Gurion. David Ben-Gurion stepped down as prime minister in May 1963…just months before Kennedy was assassinated.

So, the two people or entities which benefited the most, by far, from JFK’s murder were Israel and LBJ. After Kennedy’s assassination the loud demands that Israel abandons the bomb and allow the Palestinians to return to their land quickly disappeared. LBJ became president of the United States and then went on to escalate the Vietnam War for the next twelve years which, in turn, allowed Colt Industries to sell many more M-16s and made Brown and Root a world corporation. And finally, Israel had the freedom to develop many nuclear weapons while taking and developing much of Palestine for themselves.

Robert Kennedy was supposedly assassinated by a Palestinian, Sirhan Sirhan, in 1968. AIPAC (the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) is now the most significant political action committee in the world, and they still have not registered as a foreign agent. With the help of AIPAC, Israeli citizens now occupy important and influential seats in the Senate, House, State Department, Pentagon, Education Department, and Justice Department not to mention judgeships and state offices as well.

Colt M16 Semi Automatic Rifle
Colt M16 Semi-Automatic Rifle

After almost five decades of controversy and complaint, the military has finally decided to rid itself of the troublesome AR-15 platform and the 5.56/.223 cartridge. It’s entirely possible that McNamara and LBJ never expected the M-16 to be anything other than a temporary purchase to help an important benefactor. Perhaps LBJ and McNamara thought the military would abandon the M-16 quickly after the Vietnam War and never anticipated the M-16 to hang on for decades as America’s main battle rifle.

When you take into account the probability that Israel murdered JFK and that the M-16 was purchased solely to benefit a loyal supporter becomes potently clear. The M-16 was never meant to be America’s battle rifle; it was just a favor to a friend.

 

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Bill

This article is a bad joke, right? Right?

Moshe Shekelstein
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Moshe Shekelstein

Shut it down, da goyim know!

Nopales
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Nopales

This is pathetic. I hope the author and anyone buying into this realizes that.

SR
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SR

Anti-semitic conspiracy theories right after a one of the worst massacres of Jews in the US. This is the kind of wing nut nonsense that gives gun owners a bad name. Just stop.

RettH
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RettH

Right before, not right after. This article is from the 16th

Still shitty, but slightly less so

Kal
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Kal

I’ve seen higher quality garbage in a decrepit PA landfill.

laK
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laK

In PA we call the landfill “New Jersey”

Jim K
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Jim K

With all due respect to others with more experience, military and cilivilans alike, why then the popularity of the AR-15? Has anyone off the battlefield been killed by one of these? I bought a Colt LE6920 before the 2016 election. It operates flawlessly and it was my understand that reliability issues in Viet Nam were caused from battlefield conditions like mud & moisture. I wasn’t there but grew up in the 60’s. I’m sure improvements with manufacturing, materials and even ammo over 5 decades make this Eugene Stoner design something that will be with us for a long time to… Read more »

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

Many of the failures occurred due to the “government stooges” changing the powder which was used in the cartridges. This “different” powder caused a lot of fouling and thus the jamming. When the “different” powder was replaced almost all of the fouling and jamming issues disappeared.

Jim K
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Jim K

Thanks! Sounds like they cheapened up the load to save money or give favor to whoever contracted for the ammo. So l was 60 when l got my Colt. Yeah, l arrived at the party late in life but have learned a lot in 3 years. Made my first ever 100 yard shot with that rifle with 69gr Fiocchi BTHP. Proud to own it, proud to shoot it!

GNewman
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GNewman

The AR-15 is the civilian version of the M-16. AR-15 is semi-auto & M-16 is full auto.

durabo
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durabo

No $#1t!!!? Clue: people reading this string are aware of that, but thanks for clearing up this deep mystery, Captain Obvious!.

rich z
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rich z

If L.H.O. was the killer, where did he get his training?????????? Who trained Him?????????????? That Kill shot was pretty long and the round not that accurate.

rick weaver
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rick weaver

wasn’t he a marine who had travelled to russia???????? couldn’t he have been a part of an overall plan????????

durabo
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durabo

The AR-15/M-16 was conceived by a den of thieves or mutual benefit – and damn the American fighting man, saddled with an underpowered “poodle-popper Mattel Toy!”

Stephen Frame
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Stephen Frame

So the Jews killed all the children in Sandy Hook and then gave the guns to the Las Vegas shooter. You people have gone full nutter.
Bean-counter Mcnamara found marksmanship training was not necessary with the new M-16, the results were total disaster. Troops had to be retrained in basic marksmanship and gun cleaning while in combat.

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henry bowman

“OH GOD, SOMEONE SAID SOMETHING LESS THEN FALTERING ABOUT “OUR GREATEST ALLY”, I WILL DO ANYTHING TO DEFEND THEM, WASTE TRILLIONS ON POINTLESS WARS, OPEN THE BORDERS AND SUPPORT MASS IMMIGRATION BECAUSE “MUH FEELING” AND DAMN IT EVEN GIVE AWAY THE 2ND AMENDMENT BECAUSE IF A JEW WANTS SOMETHING DONE IT MUST BE DONE OTHER WISE THE WORST THINGS IN THE WORLD WILL HAPPEN, “ANTISEMITISM ” WILL HAVE OCCURRED. AND THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD IS NOT TO LOSE YOUR RIGHTS, NATION, CULTURE, FUTURE, ITS BEING “ANTISEMITIC” OR “RACIST”” People like you are why we have lost so much,… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Thanks for this article – people need to open their eyes to the overt influence of corrupt dual-citizenship Israeli’s in our Federal Government (especially Congress), and it’s been ongoing for too many decades.

Bill
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Bill

No problem. The Dems have had lots of power, recently, and they are anything but friends of Israel. Be careful what you wish for.

WiffleballTony
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WiffleballTony

I don’t normally respond to utter clickbait articles but I can’t help myself. This whole article is garbage. “McNamara had to come up with some excuses. First, it was said the M-14 seemed to rise during automatic fire. The next reason was even though the new M-14 .308 cartridge was significantly smaller than the M-1 Garand’s 30-06 cartridge, (the cartridge that won WWII) a soldier could carry even more of the new .223 cartridge which was being used in the M-16.” The M14 doesn’t “seem” to rise, it kicks like a damned mule under automatic fire, this is fact. As… Read more »

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USPatriotOne

You clearly had never been in the Military, at least not in the 1960’s nom time frame. I was there in 1967 and carried both the M16 and the M14 and the M14 was far superior to the M16. The M16 jammed all the time and had the breach blow-up in the faces of many a soldier and killed a number of them! NO such problems with the M14! Yes the M16/M4 have come a long way, but in 1967 the M16, or as we called them…plastic toy guns…they were nothing but a way to get fellow soldiers killed by… Read more »

Trinidad
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Trinidad

Well said patriot.

WiffleballTony
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WiffleballTony

Your anecdotal evidence means literally nothing. It is well known the jamming issues were due to the incorrect propellant as a result of budgetary decisions, not a design in the rifle.

I never said that .223 had the same barrier penetration capabilities, no good job waiting your time there.

Thanks for playing.

E. Bryan Hoover
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E. Bryan Hoover

Fighting in Vietnam is hardly playing. and you are admitting problems he is raising are true – and then making excuses (for one of the problems) , and admitting

Mike richter
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Mike richter

Yes you can carry twice the ammo,and you’ll need it!when the enemy hides behind a 4 inch thick tree he’s safe from the damned 223 cal.round if you carry a 308 he will die ask any Vietnam vet who used this pos gun ,granted it has seen vast improvements in both gun and ammo,but back during Vietnam era it was total junk it rusted badly in the jungle it jammed more often than not ,both my uncle Frank and my brother ray were over there and both said the same thing to me about this weapon as I was younger… Read more »

A. Jenicea
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A. Jenicea

“the probability that Israel murdered JFK”

Israel had JFK assassinated?
Really?

What, was the Mossad on the Grassy Knoll?

FACT- Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone shot and killed JFK. Not the Mossad, not the Russians, and not the mob.

Conspiracy nutjob nonsense with a tinge of blatant antisemitism discredits this piece entirely.

Had no idea this was an outlet of the Daily Stormer.

Consider me a -former- reader of your website.

Ford Fairlane
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Ford Fairlane

Except for the FACT- that the Lee Harvey Oswald scenario is an impossibility.
The truth is out there. It just is not the BS that we are fed.

m.
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m.

for what is still unrefuted info on oswald and jfk: crossfire by j. marrs & best evidence by d. lifton. anything from posner, bugliosi, or like-minded associates is pure bs.

I am not now & never have been: democrat, liberal, catholic, irish, wealthy, a jfk apologist

henry bowman
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henry bowman

“OH GOD, SOMEONE SAID SOMETHING LESS THEN FALTERING ABOUT “OUR GREATEST ALLY”, I WILL DO ANYTHING TO DEFEND THEM, WASTE TRILLIONS ON POINTLESS WARS, OPEN THE BORDERS AND SUPPORT MASS IMMIGRATION BECAUSE “MUH FEELING” AND DAMN IT EVEN GIVE AWAY THE 2ND AMENDMENT BECAUSE IF A JEW WANTS SOMETHING DONE IT MUST BE DONE OTHER WISE THE WORST THINGS IN THE WORLD WILL HAPPEN, “ANTISEMITISM ” WILL HAVE OCCURRED. AND THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD IS NOT TO LOSE YOUR RIGHTS, NATION, CULTURE, FUTURE, ITS BEING “ANTISEMITIC” OR “RACIST”” People like you are why we have lost so much,… Read more »

m.
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m.

correct on useless bean-counter mcnamara. mc bundy also reputed to have pulled off “air support” @ bay of pigs, not jfk. bs on oswald & sirhan as assassins, even nixon called the warren report the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on america.