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Thread: AR15 V. M16 Bolt Carrier

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    AR15 V. M16 Bolt Carrier

    Ok guys, probably a very stupid question, but whats the difference between an AR15 bolt carrier and an M16 bolt carrier?

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    Left to right: AR15 carrier, AR15 carrier, M16 carrier


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    Quote Originally Posted by HES View Post
    Ok guys, probably a very stupid question, but whats the difference between an AR15 bolt carrier and an M16 bolt carrier?
    If you didn't know, the m16 bolt carrier is preferred by a lot of people because it's heavier.

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    Thanks for the education. ANy9one have an idea why AR bolt carriers are like that? Weight savings? Material savings?

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    A M16 carrier is for use with a NFA (National Firearms Act) registered lower receiver for a full auto weapon. Possesion of parts to make a full auto weapon without a federal tax stamp and proper papers is a felony. The law is strictly enforced. I personally would not even consider having a M16 carrier because I'm a civilian.
    That could show intent of full auto capability and cause serious legal problems, fines and time in federal prison.
    A word to the wise.

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