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sputnik1988 10-26-2013 02:11 AM

M16A1 build questions.
 
I'm about to start my M16A1 replica build and I'm looking for suggestions.

Sarco has original parts kits for $500, everything but the barrel, barrel extension and the lower http://www.e-sarcoinc.com/originalcoltgim16a1partskit-1.aspx


Or I can get just the upper with sights, ejection port cover and forward assist for $170 and build the rifle with all new parts.

Basically what I'm asking is are the BCG, receiver extension and all the *legal* small parts worth keeping or would I be better off going with all new parts minus the upper?

JonM 10-26-2013 02:19 AM

if your doing a A1 style i would go with this barrel http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-20-Rifle-Length-Barrel-Stripped-p/bcm-brl-s-20%20std.htm

then build out with a carry handle upper quality bcg and carry handle upper. i wouldnt go with one of those kits simply because ive done it and the barrels really suck

sputnik1988 10-26-2013 04:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JonM (Post 1413750)
if your doing a A1 style i would go with this barrel http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCM-20-Rifle-Length-Barrel-Stripped-p/bcm-brl-s-20%20std.htm

then build out with a carry handle upper quality bcg and carry handle upper. i wouldnt go with one of those kits simply because ive done it and the barrels really suck

This kit in particular doesn't come with a barrel but I'll keep that in mind, shouldn't a true M16A1 clone have a lightweight barrel though?

JonM 10-27-2013 02:51 AM

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Originally Posted by sputnik1988 (Post 1413881)
This kit in particular doesn't come with a barrel but I'll keep that in mind, shouldn't a true M16A1 clone have a lightweight barrel though?

yeah it should also be 1-12 twist too. but ive never seen a good new 20" pencil barrel.

closest are the bcm middy pencil bhf barrels. i use one on my carbine:

http://imageshack.us/a/img155/7057/img0478oya.jpg

sputnik1988 10-27-2013 03:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JonM (Post 1414659)
yeah it should also be 1-12 twist too. but ive never seen a good new 20" pencil barrel.

closest are the bcm middy pencil bhf barrels. i use one on my carbine:

http://imageshack.us/a/img155/7057/img0478oya.jpg

Good info, that really opens up my options, 20" lightweight barrels are hard to find.

I'm really looking forward to this build, thanks.

sputnik1988 10-27-2013 03:31 AM

I think I'll use this upper

https://www.apexgunparts.com/product_info.php/products_id/3250

Any idea want the best refinishing technique might be? I'd like to go with the original gray look rather than the new black.

JonM 10-27-2013 04:06 AM

honestly i would go with a dpms a1 upper. those export guns were bottom of the barrel which is why they were exported. http://www.dpmsinc.com/search.asp?keyword=upper+receiver&sortby=0&page=2& catid=

sputnik1988 10-27-2013 04:32 AM

2 Attachment(s)
I considered that but they have a brass deflector:(

JonM 10-28-2013 12:57 AM

one of the differences from the m16 to the m16a1 IS the addition of brass deflector. brass deflectors are correct for an A1 the abscence of a deflector is not coorect for an A1

Steve762 10-28-2013 01:56 AM

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Originally Posted by JonM (Post 1415476)
one of the differences from the m16 to the m16a1 IS the addition of brass deflector. brass deflectors are correct for an A1 the abscence of a deflector is not coorect for an A1

The built-in brass deflector hump came with the A2.

The A1 required a black plastic piece that snapped into the ejector port, to deflect brass for lefties.


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