Early M16A1

Discussion in 'GATE AR-15 Forum' started by Panzergrenadier1979, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. My police department just received a US government owned M16A1. To me, it appears to be of very early manufacture.

    The lower receiver is marked "Colt", "AR15" and just below that it is marked "M16". It appears to me to be parkerized. It has no forward assist or mag-release fence. It has a triangle foregrip and an early pistol grip. Also, the bolt carrier appears to be chrome-plated. I suspect the flash hider to be a replacement; it is not the early, three pronged version.

    Anyone care to ballpark a manufacturing date?
  2. Constructor


    Early Air Force M16s did not have a FA.
    Around 67 they started using barrels with chrome bores.
    They were M16A1.
    SWAG-67+ Air Force

    #2 Constructor, Apr 5, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2011
  3. Thank you very much!

    I will send a pic of it when I figure out how to download my camera pics onto my computer.

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