Color of A2 stocks (around 2000)
I have read a lot about colors of A2 stocks. I have one here that is like new, it is probably an aftermarket product as it is dark grey plastic. The plastic has a nice, slightly rough surface. Compared to the black pistol grip and front grip it is clearly dark grey, not black.
It has some darker spots, probably from oil. I understand that grey stocks will get darker eventually by handling and oil.
What would be the correct color for a Colt M16A2 Govt issued rifle from around 2000? Is dark grey okay or does it scream "cheap aftermarket part"?
I will try and post a picture. Thanks!
Oil it so it will darken up. It should be black for a issue stock. We would sometimes use black shoe polish for our rifles that would be used in flag details and other times when we wanted them to look nice. Most of the time guys would wipe the stock down with CLP as they cleaned the rest of the rifle.
All M16A2 issue stocks I ever saw were originally dark gray in color, a "black" stock is more likely to be a cheap aftermarket part.
Thank you. I will live with the dark grey stock then. Kind regards from Germany, Mike
Any M16 from 2000 is going to be old and a possible hodge podge of parts anyway.
Circa 1988 some of our brand new A2's but stocks were *almost* black. First time we wiped them down with Break Free they turned completely black.