Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

AR15 Retro Parts In At Brownells

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Mosin Bubba, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Mosin Bubba

    Mosin Bubba Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2012
    Messages:
    580
    Very interesting stuff. I've been wanting to build an A1 clone for a while, but expensive, crappy furniture always held me off. Looks like Brownells has come up with an answer for that.

    http://www.brownells.com/search/index.htm?avs|Newsletter_1=AR-15+Retro+Build

    It will be interesting to see how good the A1 buttstock is in particular. The only game in town right now for those, aside from USGI surplus, is Cav Arms stocks, and I've heard some not so great things about them.
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
    chicharrones likes this.
  2. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2005
    Messages:
    14,660
    Location:
    Elbert County, CO
    Thanks for the heads up. An A1 build is still on my to-do list. The prices aren't bad, either, considering that you'll spend North of $500 right now for a beat up parts kit less receiver and barrel.
     
    Mosin Bubba likes this.
  3. Cooldill

    Cooldill Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2011
    Messages:
    7,139
    Location:
    Kansas
    The textures on the stocks don't look quite right.
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
  4. AlexanderA
    • Contributing Member

    AlexanderA Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    3,176
    Location:
    Virginia
    It's hard to tell about the texture, but the buttstock is misadvertised as an "A1" stock. The "A1" stock contains a storage compartment and door in the buttplate. What is pictured is the original (pre-"A1") stock without a trap.

    Actually, I prefer the "A1" stock for all my builds, compared to the longer "A2" stock. The shorter stock is better for smaller-framed people, those with short arms, or those wearing bulky clothing.
     
  5. ColoradoMinuteMan

    ColoradoMinuteMan Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2015
    Messages:
    223
    The unfortunate part for me is that these are black anodized instead of the original "XM gray" anodizing. I personally like the look of the NoDak Spud gray finished A1 receivers. NoDak does provide Brownells with the raw A1 forgings but they are machined and finished by someone else.
     
    Cooldill likes this.
  6. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2005
    Messages:
    14,660
    Location:
    Elbert County, CO
    Cerakote ;)
     
    adcoch1 likes this.
  7. Cooldill

    Cooldill Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2011
    Messages:
    7,139
    Location:
    Kansas
    Yeah and I don't know, that green color they chose to represent the green found on some of the very early guns just doesn't seem of the right hue.

    Seems they aren't going for true replicas, but just good representations of these old war girls.
    Meh. I'd rather have real anodizing.
     
  8. Mosin Bubba

    Mosin Bubba Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2012
    Messages:
    580
    IIRC, the original M16s used wood in the composite for their plastics, in some kind of weird 1960s technology. I guarantee that these are rubber and ABS, so they're going to look and feel different.

    They still look pretty good to me though, considering that the furniture is selling new for what surplus is selling for on Ebay. It's not authentic or purist stuff, but I'm fine with that.
     
    chicharrones likes this.
  9. hdwhit
    • Contributing Member

    hdwhit Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2015
    Messages:
    2,990
    Location:
    Frisco, TX
    Thank you for the heads-up. I would like to have a fixed buttstock on an AR since its what I got used to in the Army.
     
  10. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2005
    Messages:
    4,129
    From the pics I'm suspecting that the new stocks are nylon instead of fiberglass and resin.

    Which means that they will be tougher than the originals but won't look and feel right.

    BSW
     
  11. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2008
    Messages:
    3,611
    Location:
    Flatlandistan
    Rumor was you'd have to talk to Mattel about that, at least that was the rumor in the Army when we were still using M-14's. The Mattel reference was not a compliment.

    Did Mattel actually make early M-16 furniture?
     
  12. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2005
    Messages:
    4,129
    No, they didn't: http://www.snopes.com/military/m16.asp

    The M16 was designed using techniques common to aircraft manufacturing at the time, which is why the receiver is forged 7075 aircraft aluminum and the furniture is composite that's similar to how helicopter blades were constructed.

    BSW
     
    Speedo66 likes this.

Share This Page