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Posted: 5/8/2003 4:46:35 PM EDT
Do any of the current AR manufacturers also sell M-16's to the U.S military?  Or does Colt hold the contract?
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 4:50:47 PM EDT
[#1]
Bushmaster.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 4:53:24 PM EDT
[#2]
The only companies that have ever had a US Military contract
for the M-16 are:

General Motors (Hydramatic Division)
FN
Colt
Harrington & Richardson

Colt has the contract for the M-4 and M-16A2
FN has the contract for the M-16A2
as well as the M-240, M-249SAW.

Bushmaster also had a one-time contract for about 500 rifles. IIRC.
They currently do not have a US Military contract.

Colt holds the patent on the M-4 design.
FN (according to them) only makes what Colt
lets them.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 4:57:02 PM EDT
[#3]
Bushmaster made some M4s for the gov, and Colt sued them for copyright infringement.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 5:04:38 PM EDT
[#4]
IIRC Bushmaster made a version of the XM177E2,
as the M-4 was not developed at that time.
Their contract was in the mid to late 1980s.
The M-4 did  not come about till 1994.

Bushmaster did and does make rifles for the US Gov.
However not the US Military.
They are in use by the DOD, DOE, and other
various Governmential agencies.
But not the US Military.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 5:14:17 PM EDT
[#5]
FN is the primary supplier of M4s to our military.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 5:18:22 PM EDT
[#6]
Thanks for the answers.

I had heard of Bushmaster selling some in the mid 80's, but was not sure it wasn't just gunshow talk.

And FN will not sell anything to civilians from what I understand.

Colt stopped selling post bans to civillians under the previous admisistration IIRC.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 5:22:08 PM EDT
[#7]
Quoted:
FN is the primary supplier of M4s to our military.
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FN has the contract for the M-16A2 not the
M-4.  Go to their website www.fnmfg.com. Colt has the patent on the M-4.
I do not know what part though.
(feed ramps, ect).
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 5:27:17 PM EDT
[#8]
Hey, You guys forgot "MATTEL"[:o)].
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 7:36:12 PM EDT
[#9]
Quoted:
IIRC Bushmaster made a version of the XM177E2,
as the M-4 was not developed at that time.
Their contract was in the mid to late 1980s.
The M-4 did  not come about till 1994.

Bushmaster did and does make rifles for the US Gov.
However not the US Military.
They are in use by the DOD, DOE, and other
various Governmential agencies.
But not the US Military.
View Quote


This is the member who knows and has it right.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 7:44:29 PM EDT
[#10]
Bushmaster made a copy of the Colt 727(M16A2) carbine back in 1988/89. Approximatly 500 were made and issued to NSW and SF units. The guns were not all Bushmaster when issued. The stocks, handguards, trigger guards and pistol grips were replaced with Colt parts.

The folowing companies also had US DOD contracts:

Colt: M16,M16A1,M16A2,M16A3,M16A4, XM177's, Carbines and M4's
General Motors/Hydramatic Division: M16A1
Harrington & Richardson: M16A1's
FN: M16A2 and M16A4's
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