Tell me what "retro" means when applied to AR rifles.

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by heckinohio, Aug 10, 2020.

  1. heckinohio

    heckinohio New Member

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    DSC00457.JPG DSC00458.JPG I have noticed this term on occasion. I didnt pursue it. I do have a M-614 I am considering selling. Colt M-614, #405705

    PJH
     

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  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The old AR's with the tapered triangle handguard with the long (20"?) barrels are what I think of when a retro AR is mentioned.
     

  3. microadventure

    microadventure Well-Known Member

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    a vietnam era M16 lookalike

    original non collapsible stock, original triangular plastic handguard, tall rear sight that caused a drill sergeant to make you do 50 pushups if you called it a handle, tall triangular front sight.

    basically, all the things that were replaced by improvements
     
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  4. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    One of these:

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    The Duke gets a pass on trigger discipline.
     
  5. schnuffleupagus

    schnuffleupagus Well-Known Member

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    Oooh, the old 3 prong flash suppressor.

    Icky
     
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  6. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It's a Mattel, it's swell.
     
  7. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Triangle hand guard, fixed stock..... I want one!
     
  8. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    No, he doesn’t. He, of all people, should know better.
     
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  9. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I had one of those Mattel toy AR's. Sounded like a woodpecker pecking on aluminum.
     
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  10. schnuffleupagus

    schnuffleupagus Well-Known Member

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    That's the recoil spring. I would use it as part of my bio feedback and keep my groups tighter.
     
  11. heckinohio

    heckinohio New Member

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    Gents......I tried to edit picture to my original post....alas.....not as hoped. Here s is my offering of "retro". Am I in the "club".....???!!!

    PJH

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  12. PANDEMIC

    PANDEMIC Well-Known Member

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    Is that actually really full auto? There's a hole drilled above the selector switch.
     
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  13. heckinohio

    heckinohio New Member

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    "Hole..??" That is the pin for the auto sear. This is a Colt factory machine gun from the late 1950s........or so I am told. Probably before the military contract.

    PJH
     
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  14. PANDEMIC

    PANDEMIC Well-Known Member

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    Nice! How does it shoot in full auto?
     
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  15. W.T. Sherman

    W.T. Sherman Well-Known Member

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    is it 1/14 or 1/12 twist?
     
  16. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    If this is a pre ban properly grandfathered full auto you own an extremely valuable item.. its worth the price of a decent new car.
     
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  17. Wambli

    Wambli Well-Known Member

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    That’s beyond retro. If it’s a true transferable M-16 in that condition you can trade it for a nice condo!!! I’d get a real National known reputable dealer to help out. Worth the money, and it’ll be gone in a day.
     
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  18. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    He’s trying to sell it?
     
  19. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    That flash suppressor was useful snapping the wire that secured a case of c-rations. In fact, it was the preferred method. That's retro.
     
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