List of 5.56×45mm NATO firearms

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The below table gives a list of firearms that can fire the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge, first developed and used in the 1970s for the M16 rifle, which to date, is the most widely-produced weapon in this caliber.[1] Not all countries that use weapons chambered in this caliber are in NATO.

This table is sortable for every column.

Name Type Country Image Years of service Notes
FARA 83 Assault rifle  Argentina
FARA 83 noBG.png
Steyr AUG Bullpup assault rifle  Austria Steyr AUG 5,56 mm noBG.png 1978-present
Steyr Scout Bolt action sniper rifle  Austria Scout-1-.gif 1999-present
FN CAL Assault rifle  Belgium FN CAL close1-noBG.png 1966-1975
FN FNC Assault rifle  Belgium FNC IMG 1527.jpg 1979-present
FN F2000 Bullpup assault rifle  Belgium FN F2000.png 2001-present
FN SCAR-L Assault rifle  Belgium Scar L Standard.jpg 2009-present Also produced in the U.S.
FN Minimi Light machine gun  Belgium FN MINIMI Standard Right.jpg 1974-present
IMBEL MD Assault rifle  Brazil Imbel md2 (cropped).jpg 1985-present
Colt Canada C7 Assault rifle  Canada C7A1 with IronSights.JPG 1984-present
Norinco CQ Assault rifle  China NORINCO Type CQ 5'56x45mm assault rifle.jpg 1980s-present Unlicensed copy of the M16 rifle.
QBZ-97 Bullpup assault rifle  China QBZ 95 PLA.png 1997-present
QBZ-03 Assault rifle  China QBZ03 automatic rifle 20170902.jpg 2003-present
QBU-88 Semi-automatic bullpup sniper rifle  China QBU-88 Sideview.png 1997-present
Galil Córdova Assault rifle  Colombia Galil Córdova.jpg 2015-present
HS Produkt VHS Assault rifle  Croatia VHS-D assault rifle REMOV.jpg 2009-present
ČZ 2000 Assault rifle  Czechoslovakia Cz2000-variants.jpg Designed in 1990s Also available as light machine gun and carbine.
CZ 805 BREN Assault rifle  Czech Republic CZ805BREN.jpg 2011-present
Wieger StG-940 Assault rifle  East Germany Wieger 941 noBG.png 1985-1990
FAMAS Bullpup assault rifle  France FAMAS Assaultrifle FRA noBG.png 1978-present
Heckler & Koch HK33 Assault rifle  Germany HK33A2 Flickr (yet another finn).jpg 1968-present
Heckler & Koch G41 Assault rifle  Germany 1984-present
Heckler & Koch G36 Assault rifle  Germany Gewehr G36 noBG.jpg 1997-present
Heckler & Koch HK416 Assault rifle  Germany HK416 abasdfasd.png 2004-present
Haenel MK 556 Assault rifle  Germany Haenel CR223.jpg 2017-present
Heckler & Koch HK43 Semi-automatic rifle  Germany HK43.jpg 1974-1989 Civilian version of Heckler & Koch HK33.
Heckler & Koch SL6 Semi-automatic rifle  Germany H&K SL6.jpg 1980s-1991
Heckler & Koch SL8 Semi-automatic rifle  Germany H&K-SL8.jpg 1998-present Civilian version of Heckler & Koch G36.
Heckler & Koch HK23E General-purpose machine gun  Germany HK21 (cropped).JPG 1980s-present A magazine-fed variant, the HK13E, was also produced.
Heckler & Koch MG4 Light machine gun  Germany HK MG4 01 noBG.png 2005-present
INSAS rifle Assault rifle  India INSAS Standard Issue Assualt Rifle noBG.png 1998-present
Pindad SS1 Assault rifle  Indonesia Pindad-ss1.jpg 1991-present Licensed copy of the FN FNC.
Pindad SS2 Assault rifle  Indonesia SS2-V1 ID2008.jpg 2006-present
Komodo Armament D5 Assault rifle  Indonesia 2014-present
KH-2002 Bullpup assault rifle  Iran KH-2002.jpg 2003-2012
IMI Galil Assault rifle  Israel Galil noBG.png 1972-present
IWI Tavor Bullpup assault rifle  Israel IWI-Tavor-TAR-21w1.jpg 2001-present
IWI ACE Assault rifle  Israel IWI 3686.jpg 2008-present
IWI Negev Light machine gun  Israel IWI-Negev-Zachi-Evenor-01-white.jpg 1997-present
Beretta AR70/90 Assault rifle  Italy Beretta AR70 noBG.png 1990-present
Beretta ARX160 Assault rifle  Italy Beretta AR with thermal sight and grenade launcher noBG.png 2008-present
Beretta AS70/90 Light machine gun  Italy Designed in 1980s
Howa Type 89 Assault rifle  Japan Type 89R early stage type noBG.png 1989-present
Howa Type 20 Assault rifle  Japan 20式5.56mm小銃 (試験用小銃).png 2020-present
VB Berapi LP06 Bullpup assault rifle  Malaysia Designed in 2006
FX-05 Xiuhcoatl Assault rifle  Mexico Fusil FX-05 noBG.png 2008-present
Special Operations Assault Rifle Assault rifle  Philippines FERFRANS SOAR UTK PDRM.jpg 2004-present Based on the M4 carbine.
Marine Scout Sniper Rifle Semi-automatic sniper rifle  Philippines MSSR rifle first generation.jpg 1996-present
PVAR Rifle Assault rifle  Philippines 2011-present
FB Beryl Assault rifle  Poland 02014 Kbs wz 1996 Beryl noBG.png 1997-present
FB Mini-Beryl Carbine assault rifle  Poland Mini-Beryl wz96 PICT0015.JPG 1997-present
FB MSBS Grot Assault rifle  Poland MSBS-5,56 (cropped).jpg 2017-present
Kbkm wz. 2003 Light machine gun  Poland Kbkm2003-01 REMOV.jpg Designed in 2000s
A-91 Bullpup assault rifle  Russia Interpolitex 2011 (405-49).jpg 1990-present
AK-108 Assault rifle  Russia Kalaschnikow AK 107 noBG.png 1994-present 5.56mm variant of the AK-107.
AK-101 Assault rifle  Russia Ak-101.jpg 1995-present
AK-102 Carbine assault rifle  Russia Ak102.JPG 1995-present
AK-19 Assault rifle  Russia Army-2020-303.JPG 2020-present 5.56mm variant of the AK-12.
Saiga semi-automatic rifle Semi-automatic rifle  Russia Сайга Мк 03.jpg 1990s-present Designed for the civilian market.
Zastava M21 Assault rifle  Serbia 2004-present Serbian issue AK variant.
Zastava M90 Semi-automatic rifle  Serbia 2010s-present Civilian and export version of the Zastava M21.
SAR 80 Assault rifle  Singapore SAR 80 rifle.JPG 1976-present
SR 88 Assault rifle  Singapore 1984-2000
SAR 21 Bullpup assault rifle  Singapore SAR 21 (cropped).png 1999-present
Ultimax 100 Light machine gun  Singapore Cis-ultimax-100.jpg 1982-present
Vektor R4 Assault rifle  South Africa VektorR4.png 1980-present Licensed variant of the IMI Galil.
Vektor CR-21 Bullpup assault rifle  South Africa CR21.jpg Designed in 1997 Prototype - never entered service.
Vektor Mini-SS Light machine gun  South Africa 24- Saudi Border Guards Machine Gun (My Trip To Al-Jenadriyah 32).jpg 1986-present
Daewoo Precision Industries K1 Carbine assault rifle  South Korea Daewoo K1A SMG noBG.png 1981-present Official nomenclature erroneously calls the weapon a submachine gun.
Daewoo Precision Industries K2 Assault rifle  South Korea Daewoo K2C.jpg 1984-present
S&T Daewoo K11 Bullpup assault rifle  South Korea Daewoo K11 Rifle noBG.png 2010-present Also fitted with grenade launcher.
Daewoo Precision Industries K3 Light machine gun  South Korea Daewoo K3 machine gun 2.jpg 1991-present
CETME Model L Assault rifle  Spain CETMEL.lateral.izq.png 1987–1999
CETME Ameli Light machine gun  Spain Ameli Ejército español.jpg 1982-present
FFV 890 Assault rifle  Sweden FFV 890C 002-1.jpg 1975-present Based on the IMI Galil.
Ak 5 Carbine assault rifle  Sweden Automatkarbin 5 mod noBG.png 1986-present Licensed copy of the FN FNC.
SIG SG 530 Assault rifle   Switzerland 1960s-1970s
SIG SG 540 Assault rifle   Switzerland SG 540 Manurhin noBG.png 1977-present
SIG SG 550 Assault rifle   Switzerland Swiss Arms SG 550 Right.jpg 1990-present
T65 assault rifle Assault rifle  Taiwan TwT65.JPG 1976-present
T86 assault rifle Assault rifle  Taiwan Type 86 carbine.jpg 2000-present
T91 assault rifle Assault rifle  Taiwan T91 Assault Rifle.jpg 2003-present
XT-97 Assault Rifle Assault rifle  Taiwan Xt97rifle.jpg Designed in 2008
Sterling SAR-87 Assault rifle  United Kingdom Designed in 1980s
SA80 Assault rifle  United Kingdom SA80 A2 (L85A2) 5.56mm Rifle MOD 45162150.jpg 1985-present Also available as a light support weapon and carbine.
Stoner 63 Assault rifle  United States Stoner 63.JPG 1963-1983 Also available as light machine gun and carbine.
M16 rifle Assault rifle  United States The M16A4 Series 5.56mm Rifle.jpg 1964-present
ArmaLite AR-18 Assault rifle  United States AR-18.jpg 1969-present
M4 carbine Carbine assault rifle  United States PEO M4 Carbine RAS M68 CCO.jpg 1994-present
M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle Assault rifle  United States M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle noBG.png 2010-present Based on the Heckler & Koch HK416. Also available as a light support weapon and designated marksman rifle.
Remington ACR Assault rifle  United States Bushmaster ACR.jpg 2010-present
Mk 12 Special Purpose Rifle Designated marksman rifle  United States SPRCrane.jpg 2002-2017
Ruger Mini-14 Semi-automatic rifle  United States Ruger Mini-14 GB NB.jpg 1973-present Saw limited usage by police and military units as the fully-automatic AC556.
Smith & Wesson M&P15 Semi-automatic rifle  United States MP15.jpg 2006-present
Kel-Tec SU-16 Semi-automatic rifle  United States Kel-Tec SU-16C fixed.jpg 2000s-present Designed for the civilian market.
M249 light machine gun Light machine gun  United States PEO M249 Para ACOG.jpg 1984-present Derived from the FN Minimi.
Robinson Arms XCR Semi-automatic rifle  United States 2006-present
Desert Tech MDR Semi-automatic rifle  United States 2017-present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "M16 5.56mm Rifle".