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    Colt M16 A1

    Back in October last year, I saw an ad for a Colt M16 A1. Called the seller and we met the same day, locally here in Switzerland.

    He was a soon to be retired 57 y.o. Lt. Col. in the Swiss army. He likes his toys, he also showed me a Thompson M1, a Sig 551 commando, G18, Norinco 56, all full auto, and a multitude of other stuff.

    He bought the M16 over 20 years ago, shot it FA a few times at the military range, but hasnít shot it in ages.

    Some obvious wear on it, but rifing is strong, doesnít seem to have shot tens of thousands of full auto rounds.









    I havenít seen those sights before



    One broken tooth



    Inside



    BCG







    Hammer



    Furniture









    The mag seems quite vintage too, with the metal follower







    I think serial number puts production in 1972, although the serial number does not appear





    Wonder if it saw action in VN. And how the hell did it land here in Switzerland.

    Anyway, seller advertised it at 2500, I offered 2 k round figure. We settled on 2100. After a 4 weeks wait for the license, the gun had a new home.

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    More recently I took some better pictures























    I shot in full auto and the barrel took this yellow hue, since thereís virtually no finish left on it











    Magazine







    With its little sibling (XM177E2)


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    Sweet!!!!!

    Is that a Star of David mark near the front takedown pin?

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    - Rhino

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    Yes it is



    There is also an BNP mark above


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    I'm no expert but I imagine that weapon has quite a history. Could have seen time in Vietnam, then been sent to Israel?

    How it ended up where it is today is a mystery - "if only they could talk" was something my world history teach said when a classmate brought a trunk of her grand-dads WW1 stuff to class - which included a spiked helmet, very long bayonet and a Luger pistol - different times, as the teacher (male, very proud German decent), checked the pistol unloaded and passed it around the room before putting it back in the trunk and sending it home. Today that event would be a school lockdown, 50 police cars securing the school perimeter, and the female classmate who brought it in suspended / expelled. Of course all the trucks in the parking lot had full shotgun racks too.

    Thanks for sharing the photos and story.
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    Well this is a pretty cool thread.

    Israel did get a whole bunch of M16A1s from the US, some were left as is and some were cut down and rebuilt into approximately 13" barreled carbines.

    BNP is a British proof mark IIRC. That weapon really must have a colorful past.
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    That Kerr NoBuckl sling is doing me a confuse.

    Must have just been what someone had for it, at some point.
    " Political tags ó such as [...], communist, democrat, [...], fascist, liberal, conservative, [...] ó are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort. "
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    Wow. I bought the Brownells M16A1 reproduction, but yours is the real deal. Looks awesome.


    I have a magazine like that. On the bottom it says "Adventure Line M16 / M16A1 cal 5.56mm" and has the same aluminum follower.

    I thought Switzerland recently went California on gun control?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Circle_10 View Post
    Well this is a pretty cool thread.

    Israel did get a whole bunch of M16A1s from the US, some were left as is and some were cut down and rebuilt into approximately 13" barreled carbines.

    BNP is a British proof mark IIRC. That weapon really must have a colorful past.
    Yes itís the Birmingham nitro proof

    There is one under the barrel as well


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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainRaven View Post
    That Kerr NoBuckl sling is doing me a confuse.

    Must have just been what someone had for it, at some point.
    What was it used for originally?

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