Why the M16 Rank?
For anyone who has ever held the Lance Corporal rank has mused out loud "Why are these M1 rifles not crossed M16's instead? I mean, the Marine Corps adopted the M16A2 service rifle in 1983, so that's 37 years of Lance Coolies asking this question. And furthermore, the M1 was retired in the 1960's. So it's a legit question.
So we said 'fuck it', and went and did the damn thing.
I mean, they look way better, do they not? There is no mistaking these bad boys for anything other than M16's, and compared to the M1's, which don't hold a candle to our rank.
Personally, I think it's time for a change anyway. The M1 was a bad-ass in it's day, but if you ask the average Lance in uniform today, they have no idea what weapon is on their rank. And that's either the fault of their leaders or the fact that the M1's look outdated at this point and hold almost no cultural relevance in todays Corps, which is why nobody knows what the hell they are.
Were we packing around M1's on the mean streets of Fallujah, Iraq? How about in the mountains of Afghanistan? The M1 served it's purpose, and like all good things, they eventually come to an end. Out with the old and in with the new, right? From the digital camo design adopted in 2002 by the Corps, to the various aircraft that have come along to replace out dated squadrons of dinosaur work horses in the Corps' Airwing, so to should the M1 on the rank go gently into that good night.
But... until they are authorized for use in uniform, do not do so.