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M-16 Assault Rifle
Assault Rifle

IIII (in Syphon Filter)

III (in Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain)


II (in Syphon Filter)

V (in Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain)

Magazine/ Capacity

30 (in Syphon Filter)

24 (in Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain)

Max Rounds

180 (in Syphon Filter)

72 (in Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain without ammunition bonus)

96 (in Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain with ammunition bonus)


5.56X45mm NATO

  • M-16K
  • M-16 A1
  • M-16 A2
  • Syphon Filter
  • Syphon Filter 2
  • Syphon Filter 3
  • Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain
  • Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
  • Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow

For the carbine, see M4A1.

The M-16 is a staple weapon in the Syphon Filter series in general. It is one of the more favored guns among the CBDC, Black Baton and The Agency, often found on the field wielded by many soldiers. Overall it is a dependable weapon with a great magazine size that means it can take down multiple soldiers before running out. The ammo is also plentiful and easy to find due to many opponents using the same weapon.


This weapon is lightweight, accurate, and has very low recoil. The preeminent assault rifle in the world, it was developed by the US Army in 1965, and has since become a mainstay for armed forces, police, and personal defense enthusiasts.

-Description from Syphon Filter

This is a greatly improved model over its predecessor, although it still has a high failure rate when used in extreme environmental conditions. It is controllable and accurate during semi auto fire and has been the main infantry weapon of the US and other countries for several decades. Comparisons are often made between the M16 and the Russian AK-47. While the AK has better stopping power and functions reliably in extreme environments, it cannot stand up to the M16's precision accuracy at long ranges.

-Description from Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain

Syphon Filter Edit

The M-16 is used by CBDC personnel who defend Georgia Street during Black Baton's assault. Gabe Logan can find and use such a weapon in said conflict.

Syphon Filter 2 Edit

The M-16 is used by Agency Spooks during the search for the data discs and USAF personnel when Lian escapes from MacKenzie Air Force Base. It is also seen in the hands of US GI's in the second investigation of PHARCOM; it can be used in the New York Slums as well.

Syphon Filter 3 Edit

This weapon can be used during the Costa Rican Incident, during Lian's investigation of Rhoemer's activities, when Gabe escorts his convoy into Afghanistan, during Lian's rescue of Elsa Weissenger, the assassination of Silvers and the Paradise Ridge event.

Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain Edit

The M-16 can be unlocked and used in The Omega Strain.

The first version, the M16A1, fires in an automatic and single-shot fashion. The user's finger speed will determine the firing rate.

The second version, the M16A2, fires in 3-round bursts making it more effective at long range than close quarters.

A modified version, the M-16 K, is used by Andre Proust and a Jane Doe during the ALA attack on Carthage. The weapon can also be acquired when recovering Imani Grey's remains.

Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror Edit

The M-16 can again be unlocked and used in Dark Mirror, but it now fires 3-round bursts that make it more effective at long-range combat than close quarters.

Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow Edit

The M-16 can only be seen being used in Logan's Shadow; Gabe himself is unable to fire the weapon. Its users include Trinidad and Maggie Powers, who seem to use the M-16 K that was seen in The Omega Strain.


  • The M-16 is considered a very accurate weapon, so headshots are rarely required to take out enemies unless they are armoured. A short burst fired while running towards them on an auto-target will generally take them out without much trouble.
  • In The Omega Strain, players should beware of firing the weapon when in stealth scenarios. It is not silenced. Only the VSS sniper rifles, the Mark 23 SD and the PPK will not generate noise.
    • Also in this game, carrying the G 53 will provide you with extra ammunition for this weapon.

Trivia Edit

  • The M-16 is commonly compared to the Russian AK-47, which is more reliable in extreme environments, but the former retains a high hit rate at long ranges.
  • During the Gulf War, several US soldiers traded out their M-16's for enemy AK-47's due to the latter's feature of not jamming from sand. It was also very intimidating for the enemy to hear their own weapon being fired at themselves, and furthermore, ammunition was in great supply.
  • The only game in which it cannot be used is Logan's Shadow, where it can be seen but cannot be picked up.
  • Of all the Syphon Filter games, It is so far the only weapon that has a grenade launcher attached to it. This can be used in Logan's Shadow.
  • Although its sound is that of a suppressed weapon, the M16A1 in The Omega Strain does not have this attachment.
  • The M-16 K in The Omega Strain had a significantly reduced effective distance as compared to the standard M16. Ironically, it is the only M16 model to have a sniper sight.
  • The Omega Strain's version of the M-16 has a reduced magazine capacity as compared to the other games.

Gallery Edit

Main Characters Dillon Morgan  · Elsa Weissinger  · Gabriel Logan  · Jason Chance  · Lawrence Mujari  · Lian Xing  · Lyle Stevens  · Mara Aramov  · Steven Archer  · Teresa Lipan  · Thomas Holman  · Thomas Markinson  · Uri Gregorov
Minor Characters Carter  · Colorado Bridge Bombing Commander  · Davies  · Derek Falkan  · Dobson  · Eschelman  · Ferguson  · Gershon  · Imposter Gregorov  · John Ramirez  · Jonathan Phagan  · Kowalski  · Mr. Cochran  · Shi-Hao  · Thompson  · Unnamed Airman  · Unnamed Doctor  · Vince Hadden  · Vladimir Nedobryi
Missions Colorado Mountains  · McKenzie Airbase Interior  · Colorado Interestate 70  · I-70 Mountain Bridge  · McKenzie Airbase Exterior  · Colorado Train Ride  · Colorado Train Race  · C-130 Wreck Site  · Pharcom Expo Center  · Morgan  · Moscow Club 32  · Moscow Streets  · Volkov Park  · Gregorov  · Aljir Prison Break-In  · Aljir Prison Escape  · Agency Bio-Lab  · Agency Bio-Lab Escape  · New York Slums  · New York Sewer  · Finale
Locations Club 32  · McKenzie Airbase  · Rocky Mountains, Colorado
Terrorists Spooks  · Unit one
Multiplayer Abandoned Bank  · Catacombs  · Kazakhstan Warehouses  · New York Garage  · New York Slums  · Park Hedge Maze  · Park Jungle Gym  · Pharcom Expo Center (multiplayer)  · Rooftops (multiplayer)  · Small Village (multiplayer)
Weaponry .45  · 9mm  · 12 Gauge  · Air Taser  · BIZ-2  · C-4 Explosive  · Combat Knife  · Crossbow  · G-18  · H11  · Hand Taser  · HK-5  · Incendiary Grenade  · K3G4 Assault Rifle  · M-16  · M-79  · Nerve Gas Grenade  · Nightvision Rifle  · PK-102  · Sniper Rifle  · Tear Gas Launcher  · The Flame-Thrower  · UAS-12  ·
Gadgets Binoculars  · Camera Scrambler  · Cellular Modem  · Flak Jacket  · Flashlight  · Nightvision Goggles  · Transponder Locator
Vehicles C-130 Hercules  · F-22 Raptor
Main Characters Gabriel Logan  · Lawrence Mujari  · Lian Xing  · Mara Aramov  · Teresa Lipan
Minor Characters Alima Haddad  · Andre Proust  · Elsa Weissinger  · Gary Stoneman  · Gina Hunter  · Imani Gray  ·Jean Fournier  · Maggie Powers  · Mikhail Pulikovsky  · Mikhas Ivankhov  · Oleg Petrenko  · Rodion Ushakov  · Soren Masson  · Vladik Savin  · Vladimir Zhidkov  · William Crusher  · Yegor Leonov  · Yuschenko
Missions IPCA European Command: Training Centre  · Carthage, Michigan: Quarantine Zone  · Carthage, Michigan: Warehouse District  · Carthage, Michigan: Carthage Mall  · Pescara, Italy: St Cetteo's Square  · Mazyr, Belarus: Krivorozhstal Mill  · Mazyr, Belarus: Belaya Vezha  · Tash, Kumyr, Kyrgysztan: Saydahmat's Village  · Sana'a, Yemen: Arms Bazaar  · Sana'a, Yemen: Taherir Palace  · Minsk, Belarus: International University  · Samaschki, Chechnya: Ivankov's Home  · North Atlantic: Lorelei Salvage Rig  · Tokyo, Japan: Murukawa Tower  · Taguang, Myanmar, Irawaddy Basin  · Zurich, Switzerland: Niculescu Funds Tower  · Budva, Montenegro: Niculescu's Villa Estate  · Kiev, Ukraine: Chechen Terrorist Base
Organizations IPCA
Weaponry Beta Weapons  · C11  · China Type 56  · Combat shotgun  · FAL  · FAMAS  · G 33E  · GAWS 12 gauge  · K-BAR  · M1 Super 90  · Riot shotgun  · Shot Defender  · ShotHammer  · Silenced . 44  · Slug Defender  · SlugHammer  · SPA-12 shotgun  · SPA-15 shotgun  · Stava M70 B1  · SSG 550  · Sweeper 12 gauge

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