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Posted: 7/6/2011 1:05:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/6/2011 1:07:00 PM EDT by imarangemaster]
Well, I have been talking about it, hinting at it, and even a sneak preview cell phone pic that sucked.  He it is:  The Poor man's 601: (Pardon the Kalifornicating bullet button)  It still needs a NDS triangle charging handle and dimpled takedown pin and safety, but those will have to wait until finances improve.  This is as done as it is going to get for the some timet, so here goes..

NDS 601 lower
Colt SP1 LPK
Colt lower receiver extension and buffer
Colt early 604 upper with late 60s vintage CMP C 1/12" barrel and slip ring.  It is a forged FSB, but it is an early smoothed one, so it looks close to a cast FSB
Colt Charging handle
Colt early 603 Chrome BCG
Type D stock, early mottled grip and no drain hand guards painted with Testor's Master Modeler "Dark Green FS34079"
Early duckbill 3 prong from John Thomas
original 601 front and rear swivels
Colt .223 marked early 20 round magazine with aluminum follower
60s vintage web gear, bayonet, and bipod.
Correct (I think) early cotton web OD green M14 sling



Link Posted: 7/6/2011 1:10:40 PM EDT
Nice.
Link Posted: 7/6/2011 1:12:41 PM EDT
Looking very, very good, rangemaster!
Link Posted: 7/6/2011 1:34:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/6/2011 1:36:22 PM EDT by FIGJAM]
Looks nice!  Loose the forward assist bolt carrier though.    Easy fix, make a 603.
Link Posted: 7/6/2011 1:42:25 PM EDT
Nice rifle.
Link Posted: 7/6/2011 2:30:36 PM EDT
That green/grey looks good. Who woulda thunk refinishing a formerly $5 GI surplus stock would be worth the time.
Link Posted: 7/6/2011 3:06:09 PM EDT
Very nice!  That looks great!    Hmmm, that might have to be a future build......
Link Posted: 7/6/2011 4:14:52 PM EDT
How hard is it to come across a original 601 upper?
Link Posted: 7/6/2011 4:19:26 PM EDT
Its not hard at all. It just takes time, patience, and $$$! Or in your case, more good luck.

Nice looking 601 range master. IM sent.
Link Posted: 7/6/2011 4:29:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ArmyGuardStrong:
How hard is it to come across a original 601 upper?


I tried to get a couple of 601 upper receivers earlier this year.

I spent three months looking for them and just lucked into two.  I got one for a reasonable price but the second one cost me an arm and a leg.

I am building a third 601 now and I am modifying a 604 to look like a 601.



Link Posted: 7/6/2011 4:30:08 PM EDT
Very nice Rangemaster!
Link Posted: 7/6/2011 4:31:22 PM EDT
I like it. Especially the first pic with the web gear.


  I agree: loose the FA carrier, and start a 603! (and I can say that because mine currently has a modern FA carrier in it)
Link Posted: 7/6/2011 4:54:15 PM EDT
Looks great, bet it shoots great too!
Link Posted: 7/6/2011 10:25:14 PM EDT
My 601 upper.  Arsenal refinish.






MV barrel and forged FSB with no drain hole




You can see the original finish under the re arsenal finish that was peeling.
Link Posted: 7/7/2011 6:45:52 PM EDT
I have never run across a 601 upper, plenty of 604 & 603 to be had.
Link Posted: 7/8/2011 2:21:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/8/2011 2:30:50 PM EDT by imarangemaster]
It can shoot, too!  Went up off Waggoner Creek Rd in the Siskiyous south of Tanlent, OR with my son-in-law and Grandson, Will.  Rough sighted the 601 and GAU5-A/A in at 25 yards to 1.25" below POA.  Fired about 200-300 rounds per weapon.  With barrels hot, got the below pictured group kneeling on the ground using a bar stool and couch pillow as a rest.  Most groups were like the one pictured, though when it was just warm after about 10 rounds, got one 3 shot group 1/4" center to center, with two of the shots through almost the same hole from the 601.  Not bad for a surplus, 45 year old M16 barrel of untold round count.  If you look in the picture of me shooting the 601, you can see the bolt is to rear part way, and the muzzle blast in front.  The GAU-5A/A shorty  in the other picture has an ER Shaw lightweight barrel and actually shot tighter than the 601 did.  Several 1/2" 25 yard groups.  One pic shows my armory I have with me on the trip, including the Kel-Tec SU-16CA, which actually shoots better than either AR!  You can also see my 5 year-old Grandson with his Red Ryder BB gun, a future AR shooter!  Next time we will do some distance shooting.  I did hit some stuff offhand at about 100 yards, reminding me why I like the 5.56x45 round and the AR 20" retro platform.




Link Posted: 7/16/2011 10:05:44 PM EDT
FLASH! Update.  Thanks to Retrohead (and all around great guy) "snipertewg",  I traded my early 603 Chrome BCG for a mint 601 BCG with narrow band bolt and full round gas key. He also helped me out with a  triangular NDS charging handle, and NDS waffle mag!  She looks even more like a 601 with the 601 carrier, the waffle mag, and triangle charging handle!  Eventually I will get a set of heatnbeat pins and safety, but that will be down the road.  I am on the road headed back to Mississippi (no work in Cali) so it will be a bit until I post updated pics.  I used a spring and aluminum follower from a Colt .223 marked on the waffle mag.
Link Posted: 7/16/2011 10:20:49 PM EDT
Originally Posted By imarangemaster:
FLASH! Update.  Thanks to Retrohead (and all around great guy) "snipertewg",  I traded my early 603 Chrome BCG for a mint 601 BCG with narrow band bolt and full round gas key. He also helped me out with a  triangular NDS charging handle, and NDS waffle mag!  She looks even more like a 601 with the 601 carrier, the waffle mag, and triangle charging handle!  Eventually I will get a set of heatnbeat pins and safety, but that will be down the road.  I am on the road headed back to Mississippi (no work in Cali) so it will be a bit until I post updated pics.  I used a spring and aluminum follower from a Colt .223 marked on the waffle mag.


awesome, post pictures.
Link Posted: 7/22/2011 10:34:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2011 2:10:31 PM EDT by imarangemaster]
Here's a pic of bolt carrier, charging handle and 20 round waffle magazine in the 601.  

Link Posted: 7/22/2011 11:04:29 AM EDT
Originally Posted By imarangemaster:
Here's a pic of bolt carrier, charging handle and 20 round waffle magazine in the 601.  BTW, the last of my retro 20s with aluminum followers on on EE.

http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg134/imarangemaster/601update.jpg


Looking sweet dude!
Link Posted: 7/22/2011 11:38:20 AM EDT
I want one of those waffle mags for my 603, even though it isn't correct!
Link Posted: 7/22/2011 11:56:21 AM EDT
It looks great Bernie! Glad those parts found a good home.
Link Posted: 7/22/2011 12:26:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By snipertewg:
It looks great Bernie! Glad those parts found a good home.


Thanks for the trade, you rock!

Link Posted: 7/23/2011 7:15:49 AM EDT
Nice!
Link Posted: 7/23/2011 7:47:16 AM EDT
That is so beautiful. The gun gods have been very good to you. EXCELLENT JOB, and to those of you who helped him out.......WELL DONE.
Link Posted: 7/23/2011 8:19:59 AM EDT
Thanks.  It is a good shooter, also.  Even after shooting hundreds rounds, being dirty, hot, I was really fatigued, and leaning on a stool for an ersatz rest, it shot less than  3/4" at 25 yards on battle sight.  Best group was about 1/3" with two shots in the same hole with IMI M-193 before it got hot and dirty. Pop cans at 100+ yards "flew through the air with the greatest of ease." cantaloupe sized targets at 150 (maybe 200) yards should be no problem. torsos at 300 (if my old eyes can see that far).  Past that, escape and evade!

I never thought I would like any weapon more than the Sterling AR-180 I had (which I sold because I knew I was moving back to Kalifornistan), but I absolutely LOVE this weapon.  If the furniture gets banged up and the paint comes off (which hasn't happened yet!), I'll switch to black and make it an early 602.
Link Posted: 7/23/2011 2:36:22 PM EDT
Looks like you guys had a great time at the range.Beautiful rifles and I'm glad you got the 601 BCG and waffle mag.
Link Posted: 8/11/2011 2:29:31 PM EDT
Here are the latest upgrades:  Heatnbeat dimpled selector and takedown pin, and a correct type horizontal line mag button cut with Heatnbeat's cutter.  Now the triangle charging handle and 601 full round carrier are more at home!  This is probably as far as I am going.  Maybe an Edgewater if I can find one for $75 (hahahahaha!)

Link Posted: 8/11/2011 2:46:22 PM EDT
Looks good.I wouldn't worry about the edgewater buffer.
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