Sturmgewehre (Ziehen: 1 Aktion / Nachladen: 1 Aktion)
Type: Assault Rifle
Caliber: 5.56×45mm NATO
Capacity: 30-round detachable box (5.56 variant) magazine
Fire Modes: Auto; Semiautomatic
The Colt Canada C7 rifle is a service rifle variation of the M16 rifle that is manufactured by Diemaco/Colt Canada, a subsidiary of Colt Firearms after 2005, and used by the Canadian Forces, Hærens Jegerkommando (Norway), Military of Denmark (all branches), Iceland Crisis Response Unit, the Military of the Netherlands (all branches including the Royal Marechaussee) as its main infantry weapon. Following trials, variants became the weapon of choice of United Kingdom Special Forces. It has been used in various combat operations by the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.
The C8 carbine is the carbine member of the C7 family, and is mechanically and aesthetically very similar to the Colt 653. Colt made the initial C8s for Canadian Forces as the Colt Model 725. The C8 has a 14.5-inch (368 mm) A1 profile barrel like the Colt Model 653 M16A1 carbine, but with a 1/7 rifling twist appropriate for the 5.56×45mm NATO C77 cartridge. The C8 incorporates the design improvements featured on C7 rifles.