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Posted: 10/9/2004 1:17:36 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/9/2004 1:19:43 PM EST by scottryan]
Did the M16A1's buffer tube have a different finish than the current black Colt buffer tube? Also, I know the M16A1 and M16A2 use the same buffer, but is there any difference in the finish or color?

Did the M16A1 buttstock use the rubber O-ring between it and the lower?



Scott
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 6:45:12 AM EST
Somebody is putting rubber O rings between the stock and the lower? Not in my world Have bought complete lowers by Rock River, Bushie, and DPMS in the past few years, to go w/an early Colt, and not an O ring to be seen, nor shown on anyone's parts list.

Re the initial question, I would assume that Colt finishes at least the front end of the tube to more or less match the color of the lower. Since current lowers are much closer to black than the A1s were, I would expect the tube to be darker.

Link Posted: 10/10/2004 7:02:36 AM EST
Well, I've got an old Colt SP1 buffer tube that is a very light gray -- much lighter than the finish on the original lower. It's about the same color as the background of the buttons near the top of this page -- the buttons that say FORUM LISTING, GENERAL, INDUSTRY, AR-15, AK-47, HANDGUNS, THE ARMORY, and so forth. This buffer tube was mounted with an A1 buttstock, but I don't know if the buffer tube finish matches that of any actual M16A1 buffer tubes.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 11:36:44 AM EST
some buffertubes are finished the same way they do with magazines, meaning they use permasilk. I don't know if Colt still does it, but Bushmaster does it for sure.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 5:23:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By Strag:
Well, I've got an old Colt SP1 buffer tube that is a very light gray -- much lighter than the finish on the original lower. It's about the same color as the background of the buttons near the top of this page -- the buttons that say FORUM LISTING, GENERAL, INDUSTRY, AR-15, AK-47, HANDGUNS, THE ARMORY, and so forth. This buffer tube was mounted with an A1 buttstock, but I don't know if the buffer tube finish matches that of any actual M16A1 buffer tubes.



Sounds about right. Just picked up one of the A1 butt assys being sold by CDNN and that's what was on the entire tube. Pretty close to the color of the SP1 that lives at my house
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