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The Carbine Rifle, also known as the M4 and M16, is a rifle that has been featured in every GTA game since Grand Theft Auto III. It is useful in almost any situation, boasting accuracy, power and magazine capacity. Throughout the games, the models differ slightly, along with zoom capability, rate of fire, and power.

Design and Performance

3D Universe

GTA III's rendition resembles the Armalite AR-10. This version is an exaggerated weapon, with an exceptionally high rate of fire and a 60 round magazine.

Vice City's rifle is modeled after the Colt 733, but called 'M4' in-game (which is inaccurate, as the M4 was not introduced until 1994). It also appears to have an aftermarket crane stock. Originally, the Vice City beta featured an assault rifle that resembled an M16A2. It was later replaced by the current model. The beta rifle's model can still be found in the game files and can be seen in the intro cutscene.

San Andreas reuses the model from Vice City, again called 'M4' in-game (and again inaccurate). This version has a low rate of fire that is unusual for the rifle, but it is still highly effective as a weapon. It has a 50-round STANAG magazine. In the mission Stowaway, a government agent is shown holding a camouflaged Colt M16A1. This however, is never available to use in-game.

Yet again the model is reused in Liberty City Stories and named M4. The only change since San Andreas is that the fire rate has been increased. 

Vice City Stories features a rifle resembling a M16A1, named 'Assault Rifle' in-game. It uses the same model from the previously mentioned San Andreas mission Stowaway, sans the camouflage. Lance Vance mentions an M4 during a mission, which is an anachronism. It functions just as all previous renditions have.

HD Universe

GTA IV features a rifle based on the Colt M4A1, titled 'Carbine Rifle' in-game. This version is accurate both in timeline and overall features, including accurate weapon specs such as rate of fire, magazine size and appearance. Interestingly, the carry handle has been replaced with a pica-tinny rail alongside an aftermarket drum sight mounted to it. It has the longest range of any non-sniper weapon in the game. It has "Property Of Liberty City Arms" stamped where the magazine release is normally found, probably a reference to the "Property Of U.S. Govt" stamped on its real-life counterpart. Performance wise, the Carbine Rifle is stellar. Accuracy and fire rate are both high, along with damage. It is highly effective in close to mid range, with accuracy dropping off at long range. Accuracy is even higher when crouched, allowing the player to fire it on fully automatic while being able to reliably hit targets.

GTA Chinatown's rendition is difficult to identify, but it it has a full stock and long barrel, and the triangular hand guard as seen on the HUD suggests it is based on the Colt M16A1. It has tremendous power and a fifty round magazine.

The Carbine Rifle returns in Grand Theft Auto V, this time seemingly inspired by the HK416 assault rifle, as seen in multiple screenshots, artworks and in the gameplay trailer. Confirmed attachments, for now, are an extended magazine, a suppressor and a grip.

In-Game Appearances

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City it is used for the first time in Rub Out, where Lance gives Tommy an M4 to kill Diaz. After the mission it can be bought at the Downtown Ammu-Nation. Then during Cop Land, a police officer and two soldiers are seen using the rifles. They can also be seen at Fort Baxter Air Base being wielded by soldiers.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the M4 is used by the army at a six star wanted level, during Black Project, Up, Up and Away! and Vertical Bird, and by some gangsters during End of the Line.

It is a very rare weapon during the course of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, being used only by Forelli Family hitmen in Love on the Rocks and by Massimo's guards in The Sicilian Gambit.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, it is used in various missions (most notably when Lance uses it in Blitzkrieg Strikes Again), and can be bought at Ammu-Nation upon unlocking Ocean Beach following From Zero to Hero. Soldiers at Fort Baxter Air Base can once again be seen wielding the rifle.



HUD icons



GTA Vice City


M4's locations map

GTA San Andreas

GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

It can be purchased from the back-alley gun shops for $5,000 and each additional magazine will cost $100. It can be purchased from Little Jacob for $3,500 with each additional magazine costing $70. The Carbine Rifle can also be acquired from NOOSE Tactical Response Unit Officers, FIB Agents and certain LCPD Officers, specifically those who guard places of high security such as The Statue of Happiness.



  • Algonquin Bridge - Can be found atop the roof of the Pedestrian Walkway on the Algonquin side, from the subway tunnel entrance.
  • Easton - Can be found well-hidden behind some trash cans on the east side of Grand Easton Terminal. The trash cans can be reached quickly through an alley on Jade St.


Grand Theft Auto V

  • Can be brought at Ammu-Nation, however the cost is unknown.


  • In the Playstation 2 version of GTA III, the M16 has a green aiming cursor, but in the PCXbox and iOS versions of the game, the green cursor is replaced by a circle and a dot.
  • Strangely, the M4 in GTA IV has two reload animations. When Niko is standing while reloading, he will pull the charging handle, but when crouching while reloading, he takes "out" the magazine, puts "another" in and pulls the charging handle. There is no confirmed reason for why there are two reload animations, but it is speculated that it is for balancing reasons, as the player is much more effective while crouched. This oddity is also present on the AK-47.
  • In GTA IV, the bottom of the Carbine Rifle's magazine is stamped with the words "Stop Chillin Start Killin".[citation/verification needed]
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