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Old 11-01-2013, 07:21 AM   #1
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Default Look what the mailman brought me. (M16A1)

Original Colt M16a1 parts, I threw the idea of using all new parts around but just couldn't pass on owning the real deal and I wanted it to be historically accurate, I'm going to use a quality LPK and bcg to insure she runs right.

Ordered a new manufacture 20" A1 profile 1/7 barrel from McKay
http://store.mckay-ent.com/parts/m16-a1-replacement-barrel.html

Yeah I know 1/7 isn't correct, but it'll make for a better rifle overall.

I picked up the Colt upper, slip ring assembly, handguard retainer and FSB from Apex. https://www.apexgunparts.com/
They aren't the cheapest but their parts were in the best overall condition.

It's going to be a long build, I still need to decide what lower to go with until I get a true A1 or Xm spec lower fom NoDak Spud. http://www.nodakspud.com/AR%20Lowers.htm

Will be refinishing the rifle with Norrells moly resin and sending the upper parts to Adco for assembly and removal of the flash on the FSB.

I'll throw up a build thread when I get a bit further in, wish me luck.
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Likely the finished product here.

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So which original M16 parts did the mailman bring you? That rifle pictured above is one of my favorite incarnations of the M16/AR15, too. Very cool. And, that barrel is correct, at least in today's versions. Apparently, you also should shoot heavier bullets out of this (1/7) barrel. I did not realize this when I bought my Colt AR M4 recently, and it's harder finding the ammo. A lot of the stuff out there is 55 grain.

And, I have been meaning to ask, what is the current bullet weight loaded for the military in 5.56? Is it the 62's? I'm having some 69 grain ammo made up for mine.
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I wanna go back to the day when the mailman would actually bring you a real M16A1.

The parts are fine, but I'd rather the fellers at Colt did the assembly work for me.
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Nice project, sputnik1988! Please keep this thread going as you do this build! It would be very informative to many of us who also are tempted to do a retro build.

I think a more modern 1:7 or 1:9 twist is a smart choice.
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Nice project, sputnik1988! Please keep this thread going as you do this build! It would be very informative to many of us who also are tempted to do a retro build.

I think a more modern 1:7 or 1:9 twist is a smart choice.
Thanks Quentin, I'm really excited about it, it'll be a long process but worth it.


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So which original M16 parts did the mailman bring you? That rifle pictured above is one of my favorite incarnations of the M16/AR15, too. Very cool. And, that barrel is correct, at least in today's versions. Apparently, you also should shoot heavier bullets out of this (1/7) barrel. I did not realize this when I bought my Colt AR M4 recently, and it's harder finding the ammo. A lot of the stuff out there is 55 grain.

And, I have been meaning to ask, what is the current bullet weight loaded for the military in 5.56? Is it the 62's? I'm having some 69 grain ammo made up for mine.

The colt parts are the upper w/ forward assist and port door, the slip ring assembly (early m16s didn't have a delta ring) the fsb and the handguard retainer.
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So which original M16 parts did the mailman bring you? That rifle pictured above is one of my favorite incarnations of the M16/AR15, too. Very cool. And, that barrel is correct, at least in today's versions. Apparently, you also should shoot heavier bullets out of this (1/7) barrel. I did not realize this when I bought my Colt AR M4 recently, and it's harder finding the ammo. A lot of the stuff out there is 55 grain. And, I have been meaning to ask, what is the current bullet weight loaded for the military in 5.56? Is it the 62's? I'm having some 69 grain ammo made up for mine.



I'm not to sure what you guys south of the border are using, but it know us Canadians are using a 62gr bullet.
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Keeping the thread alive, got a minor update.


After quite a bit of research, I've found that John Thomas over at Retroarmsworks.com is the go to guy for work on these. I'm sending it out to him when funds permit to have the FSB flash removed, reparked and pinned and also all the steel parts parked in a original grayish color.
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You want to build the M16A1? Why dont you buy one?i know building a gun is enjoyable...
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So which original M16 parts did the mailman bring you? That rifle pictured above is one of my favorite incarnations of the M16/AR15, too. Very cool. And, that barrel is correct, at least in today's versions. Apparently, you also should shoot heavier bullets out of this (1/7) barrel. I did not realize this when I bought my Colt AR M4 recently, and it's harder finding the ammo. A lot of the stuff out there is 55 grain.

And, I have been meaning to ask, what is the current bullet weight loaded for the military in 5.56? Is it the 62's? I'm having some 69 grain ammo made up for mine.
You can shoot 55gr bullets out of a 1:7 just fine. It's pretty accurate with them, though I wouldn't go any lighter.
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