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For the M1989A1 NATO in Wasteland 3, see M1989A1 (Wasteland 3).

M1989A1 NATO assault rifle is an Assault Rifle in Wasteland.


The M1989A1 is big brother to the original M16A1. It was rechambered to accept the same 7.62mm ammo that the AK series of rifles uses so troops could use captured Soviet ammo. Although assault rifle users greatly preferred the American ammo for its damage capabilities, the military implemented this change in anticipation of front-line ammo shortages. With this arrangement, a soldier could kill an enemy and replenish his supply at the same time.[1]


The mainstay weapon up to Las Vegas sewers and possibly even beyond.

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If you compare the M16 and the AK47, the 7.62 bullet has more stopping power, but you get fewer rounds per magazine. The 5.56mm round has less recoil which translates into better accuracy, plus you get more rounds for the same weight; however, it's unclear whether the M1989A1 was designed around the 5.56mm round or 7.62mm NATO.


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