For practical purposes, I’ve acquired all the guns I most wanted for my collection. Took me a long time to get here, a lot of money spent, and plenty of things purchased that I later decided I didn’t like. By no means am I done getting stuff.
Yet, there will always be the couple of items that you don’t have but really want. There are a few guns left that I would really love to have, but will likely never get. Mostly due to outrageous prices on them, but in some cases because I have guns that fit that niche better.
One of the main guns I would love to have would be an Auto marked M16A2. In all reality, I’d prefer to have a new production full auto lower, but since I don’t believe the NFA is going away any time soon, I’d have to settle for a pre-86 registered receiver. If I ever decided to spend all the cash to get a full auto firearm, I would spend a little extra to get an Auto marked M16A2.
While pretty much any registered receiver out there would do what I want, if I was spending my cash, this is what I would get. I’d put a collapsing stock on it, and what ever upper I felt like shooting at the time.
I’ve told people, that if I had a registered full auto lower, I’d just keep that and a non-NFA AR15 lower for if I had to travel. I could just slap what ever upper I feel like shooting on that M16A2 lower and I wouldn’t bother with others. I’d put a Geissele SSF trigger in there so I would have a better trigger pull than the USGI trigger. A collapsing stock, since it would normally wear a short or M4 upper. And I would run the hell out of it.
Another gun I want, but that I don’t believe is worth the going price for them, is the M79. The classic “blooper”
The M79 is pretty much just a giant break open shotgun, but chambered in 40mm. Right now they run about 7-8000. If it was $1000, I’d probably have two.
This picture is airsoft, but I think a highly cut down M79 could be fun. If I had one I would have a second barrel and stock for the cut down configuration. If I had two I would keep one in each style.
There is just something I find tremendously cool about the M110 sniper rifle. Given unlimited funds I would get one and set it up just like above. Realistically, my 308 rifle is far more practical and useful. The M110 at this point is old tech, surpassed by newer and better. If I were wanting a gun for serious use, while the M110 would work fine, I would get something like the new SR25ACC or a Larue instead as the newer guns are more accurate, lighter, handier, etc, etc, and a whole lot cheaper.
I wouldn’t buy a M110 unless I had enough money that the cost of the entire setup would be negligible compared to my discretionary funds. I don’t expect that happening any time soon.
As long as we are getting out there on sillier things. If money was no object, I’d pick up a M231 FPW and modify it a bit.
The M231 is a pretty silly and rare weapon to begin with. An open bolt full auto that fires at 1200 RPM and has no sights.
If I got one, I wouldn’t use it as is. I’d take the upper and and recoil spring tube off and I would fabricate a new receiver extension for it that could take a standard AR15 stock. While retaining the nested recoil spring assembly. That would take a little finagling to get set up, but would make it far handier.
I’d use its’ special bolt carrier, and slap on aftermarket uppers. Have a railed handguard, throw something like a grip pod on it. Give you a little more to hold on too. A railed upper with a reflex sight. Maybe a muzzle break to help control recoil. Just burn out cheap barrels and uppers.
It still wouldn’t be practical. It would still be a bullet hose best at turning ammo into noise. But with a few changes it would be a little easier to hit what you’re pointing at. I think that would be fun.
In years past, I could have probably made a list going into the hundreds of guns I would love to buy and own. But as I become older, crankier, and set in my ways, I find there is less and less I really want.
The nice thing about these few “grail guns” that I want is that they are out there and obtainable. It is not like I’m wanting one of those four barreled Nazi marked Drilling rifles or the prototype Luger in .45 ACP.
I don’t expect I’d ever buy any of these, as I think the current market value of them is far more than they are worth. Well I dunno. I suppose I could see self buying an M16A2 in lieu of a sports car when ever I get around to having a mid life crisis.
What guns do you want that you expect to never get?
I was looking at some MREs and similar and I remember the Humanitarian Aid MREs we had in Iraq. We had a few cases of these to give out. We would give them out and the Iraqis would give them back. One time we stopped some where and I handed out 6 or 8 or so of them. Someone opened one up and gave it a try. Then they threw the rest of them back at me.
A couple of times, just to get rid of them, while we were driving I threw them at people. Ahem, too people, not at them. We did very little of that because we didn’t want people running up to the vehicles when we were driving. There was a case where a little kid ran infront of a convoy and was run over and killed, so we wanted to keep the locals from getting close to our vehicles. For our safety and theirs.
There was a point where we were short on resupplies, so opened up one of those humanitarian aid meals and ate it. The most bland stuff I ever ate. Something like rice pilaf. Plain rice with no spice or flavor or texture. Probably made that way with the intent that it would be palatable to anyone. Instead it was like trying to eat a giant cotton ball. It dried out your mouth and felt hard to swallow.
At some point, a few of the guys pulled out the crackers and peanut butter in these meals and we threw the rest of it away.
What a waste. Who came up with those horrible things?
Let us take a closer look at the Colt M16A1 “reissue”.
The lower is cut to A1 profile, lacking the reinforcements around the front pivot pin and back near the stock.
The A1 pistol grip feels a little different from the old ones I have laying around. I think it feels less slick. I don’t know if this is a material/mold change, or if it is just from a lack of wear.
Many newer AR15s, including the newer production Colt rifles are laser engraving the “roll marks”. While this makes more sense for production, I find I prefer the look of the old rolled marks.
Trigger pull is nice for a USGI style trigger, but it is nothing special.
The stock is an earlier style, with a hinged rear sling swivel and no trapdoor.
I’d never used this version of the stock before. Before I had the later A1 stocks with the trap door for storing a cleaning kit. I really like the very rounded and soft rubber of this stock. It is nice and grippy against your shoulder aiding in control when you shoot. I’m not sure, but this stock might be heavier than the later model stocks.
Now that we have looked at the lower, how the upper. I have a 1970 manufactured M16A1 upper that I will use to compare this one too. This M16A1 reissue is meant to mimic an earlier model than the 1970 upper, but this is what I have on hand.
Markings on the upper for the rear sight adjustments are a little smaller. The forward assist lever is a little thicker on the sides.
My 1970 M16A1 upper has a chrome chamber, so it wears the markings C MP C. The CM16A1 has no such markings.
I’ve read on forums (I’m talking about you ARFCOM) and heard people say that they would never buy this rifle because it was anodized black, not grey like it is suppose to be. What a foolish and silly mistake that is. Well, when I slap on this 1970 upper on the CM16A1 lower, while it isn’t a perfect match, I’d say the color is rather close.
I think once my CM16A1 gets a little more honest wear, the 1970 upper would be a perfect match.
When I was a kid, you couldn’t give away Vietnam war surplus, and WWII surplus was still somewhat cheap. Now it is collectible. I remember when pretty much all AR15 has carry handles. Then we got to the point where you couldn’t sell a carry handle upper because no one wanted it. Now they are starting to get hard to find.
There is enough demand for Colt M16A1 uppers that fake Chinese knockoffs are being imported. Colt SP1s are being bought up and parted out for the collectors out there.
The Colt model “CM16A1” is built to be a limited edition collectible. It is priced as such. For some, it may not be worth it. They can build their own or buy a much cheaper Brownells’ gun. They can live with having a gun that doesn’t say “Colt” on the side and they can tell them selves what they have is just as good. I see some of the “collectors” get prickly because after all the time they spent hunting down parts, they don’t like someone being able to just buy a gun complete. People will find all sorts of reasons to complain about a product.
This reproduction gives me a gun that I have a great deal of pride owning, that I also won’t feel bad beating up and running hard. If you want one, I suggest buying it fast because once the current supplies dry up, they may end up being very hard find. If you would rather piece together a gun from original parts, hurry up and get them. They are not going to get any cheaper.
3 lugs mounts are cool, but they have limitations and they are better options now. Still, it is a classic and not a terrible choice. Silencerco put together this video talking about the pros and cons of the 3 lug mount. Well worth the watch.