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Old 10-26-2013, 02:11 AM   #1
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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?

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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

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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?
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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:

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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:

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

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

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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=

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I considered that but they have a brass deflector

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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

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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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