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Far Cry 3Edit
“The MS16 is an updated take on an American battle rifle that dates back to the Vietnam War. Today, rifles like this are commonly used by Special Forces soldiers and SWAT teams with nothing better to blow their budgets on. The MS16s here were brought in by mail order. Hey, not every weapon on Rook Island has a sordid history. So sue me.”
— Survival Guide
The MS16 is a semiautomatic rifle present in Far Cry 3.
This weapon will become free after deactivating 10 Radio Towers.
The MS16 is a powerful battle rifle. It is only semi-automatic, and has a 15 or 20 round magazine, depending on upgrades. Once silenced, the weapon can be used as a powerful long-ranged rifle.
- The MS16 is perfect for hit-and-run or counter-sniping tactics as its semi-automatic action can make quick work of enemy personnel.
- Adding a suppressor will reduce your range slightly but helps you get more kills without being heard.
- Combined with the sound suppressor and an optical sight, the MS16 can work as a precision rifle for silent headshots. Due to its semi-automatic action, zeroing in after a missed shot is a relatively easy affair.
Far Cry 4Edit
|Ammunition||Assault Rifle Rounds|
|Magazine size|| 15 (20 with Ext. Magazine)|
|Supported attachments|| Sound Suppressor|
Red Dot Sight
“The last great American battle rifle that was introduced during the Vietnam War, this semi-automatic rifle is considerably accurate.”
— MS16 description
Because the MS16 can be unlocked relatively early, has excellent accuracy up to the 80m range limit for assault rifles, and can also be fitted with a suppressor, it stays a very potent and useful weapon throughout the game, especially for players preferring stealth.
“A signature version of the MS16 that takes the already formidable weapon and improves its accuracy and usability.”
— Trooper description
A signature version of the MS16, the Trooper, can be unlocked in Far Cry 4 by collecting or destroying 20 Masks of Yalung. This version comes with a suppressor, an extended magazine, and a Marksman Sight. Possibly due to a bug, it has no stat bonuses of any kind, not even from the Marksman Sight; however, despite the stat chart stating otherwise, the Trooper inflicts more damage at long range than the standard MS16, usually requiring one shot less at the same range. Additionally, The Trooper has lower recoil than the base model.
Far Cry 5Edit
The MS16 makes a return in Far Cry 5, with similar performance characteristics to its counterparts in previous titles. The weapon fires rifle rounds from a standard 15-round magazine (20-round extended), and is compatible with a wide variety of attachments, including reflex sight, red dot sight, and sound suppressors. Both the standard MS16, as well as an alternate version, the Trooper are available from stores. The most significant change between the games, apart from the appearance of the rifle, is that it can now mount a slightly more powerful optic than in previous titles, the Enhanced Ranger, making it a viable early to mid-game sniper weapon. Compared to the AR-CL, the MS16 trades select-fire capability for magazine capacity, while being limited to mounting the enhanced ranger optic as it's highest magnification scope.
- MS16 stands for M1A SOCOM 16, a civilian version of the M14 rifle with a shorter barrel.
- The model that appears in-game appears to be a left handed model of the previously mentioned M1A SOCOM 16, as the charging handle is on the left side of the firearm and ejects spent cases from left, as opposed to the typical right side.
- The MS16 is actually a battle rifle, not an assault rifle, even though it is classified as such in game.
- The vanilla MS16 in Far Cry 5 resembles a standard M14 rifle, while the Trooper variant resembles the Springfield SOCOM 16, similar to the MS16 in previous titles.
- In Far Cry 5 the in-game description makes a joke that inadvertantly references the fact that the M14 was designed to replace the M1 Garand as the U.S standard issue rifle.