Just for kicks, here are a few pages from the original M16A1 comic book operating manual, too.
Fully loaded with 30 rounds (but without the silencer), the M16A1 weighs just 7.9 pounds. At the time of its development, this was a pretty fantastic feat. So, it seems like the government-employed creators of the operating manual decided they really wanted everyone to get as excited as they were. What better way to raise morale, right?
We’re still not entirely sure how those graphics got approved, but it does make for some interesting pictures to look at after the fact. Here’s a government-approved lesson on “how to strip your baby”: