When your product is the best, the world will beat a path to your door.

Such is the case with the American-made Colt M-16 rifle.

The Diemaco-Colt Canada C7 rifle is the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. M-16.

The C7 and the M-16 have nearly identical internal parts.

The C7 was developed by Diemaco, currently Colt Canada, and the C7 is the Canadian military's 21st century assault rifle solution chambered in 5.56x45 NATO.

It is a gas-operated, rotating bolt, magazine-fed assault rifle.

The C7 is the mainstay of Canada, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, and military units from the United Kingdom. It has been produced in Canada in the mid-1980s (to the present) and has seen action in Iraq and Afghanistan. Several hundred thousand C7 units have thus far come off Canadian weapons assembly lines.

A later version, the C8 is the weapon of choice for Canadian law enforcement.

When the Canadians purchased the Colt license to produce the C7, they merged some of the finer characteristics of the M16A1 rifle with features from the newer M16A2. This includes a heavier barrel and different hand guards. The C7 has a flat top model that employs a Picatinny-like top rail (unlike the original M-16 carrying handle and rear sighting system) and side rails for greater latitude in optical sighting and lighting. With three special-option rails, the C7 is a potent shooting platform.

Another difference is the ambidextrous magazine release on the C7.

From muzzle to telescoping butt stock, the C7 is 40 inches in length and sports a 20-inch barrel. Empty, without the box magazine, it weighs a svelte 7.25 pounds. With a loaded, 30-round box magazine, the C7 tips the scales at slightly more than 8.5 pounds.

The C7 has an impressive rate of fire: @ 800 rounds per minute, and a muzzle velocity of more than 3,000 feet per second. Its effective range is 1,300 feet (400 m).

The C7 is a formidable assault rifle with a pedigree that goes back several wars.