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Posted: 6/24/2017 11:47:00 AM EST




My first retro build. Brownell's upper and blemished barrel. Palmetto lower. Shoots great at 25 yards (three rounds in the same hole.)






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Link Posted: 6/24/2017 12:28:13 PM EST
Nice looking build. Watch out, retro is addicting.
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 12:54:20 PM EST
Very nice looking rifle!  Congrats on your retro cherry having been popped.  God willing you won't become a hopeless addict like so many of us!

Looks like a good shooter, too!  Get familiar with your M193 ballistics, now.  Zeroed dead-on at 25 yards means you'll be shooting higher at longer ranges.  Using M193 ammo, if you adjust your point of impact to be about 1.25" inch below your point of aim at 25 meters, you'll be pretty much dead on at 250 meters.  
If you search teh web, I'm sure there are ballistics charts for whatever ammo you plan to shoot.

Have fun!!
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 3:20:41 PM EST
Cool rifle, and always nice to see another retro build come to life!
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 3:26:05 PM EST
Are you going to keep it black or go full retro (in terms of color)?
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 5:06:20 PM EST
Actually, the upper, charging handle, trigger guard, selectors and lower are Norrel's gray-black. The photo makes it look black.
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 5:23:07 PM EST
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Originally Posted By sazeracjack:
Actually, the upper, charging handle, trigger guard, selectors and lower are Norrel's gray-black. The photo makes it look black.
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Oh ok, get your name on the waiting list for an A1 lower from NoDak and you're completely there. Even if you don't do that, it looks great.

Is this your first ever experience with an A1 rifle?
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 5:33:10 PM EST
Heat build and good shooting!
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 5:47:39 PM EST
Yes, my first build. Did everything myself except for barrel installation. I had a guy at a New Orleans gun show install it for me. I know its not 100% historically accurate, but I figure another AR15 in the world irritates the Liberals!
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 5:48:33 PM EST
Yes, my first build. Did everything myself except for barrel installation. I had a guy at a New Orleans gun show install it for me. I know its not 100% historically accurate, but I figure another AR15 in the world irritates the Liberals!
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 7:01:38 PM EST
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Originally Posted By sazeracjack:
Yes, my first build. Did everything myself except for barrel installation. I had a guy at a New Orleans gun show install it for me. I know its not 100% historically accurate, but I figure another AR15 in the world irritates the Liberals!
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How'd you like shooting it? I've always loved shooting it, even going back to days in the Army.
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 7:03:06 PM EST
Nice build. Looks like the Brownells barrel has really delivered. It was a good thing that they partnered with Ballistic Advantage on these barrels.
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 7:45:00 PM EST
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Originally Posted By sazeracjack:
Yes, my first build. Did everything myself except for barrel installation. I had a guy at a New Orleans gun show install it for me. I know its not 100% historically accurate, but I figure another AR15 in the world irritates the Liberals!
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What's not historically accurate on it?
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 7:49:06 PM EST
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What's not historically accurate on it?
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I assume he's talking about the A2 lower and the tic type selector.
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 8:19:23 PM EST
Nice build. You're gonna want an A1 style lower for your next one I bet.
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 8:25:07 PM EST
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Originally Posted By VAAR:
Nice build. You're gonna want an A1 style lower for your next one I bet.
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With retro engraving by Braceman...
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 9:48:17 PM EST
Yes, the A2 lower is not accurate, but maybe an A1 repro will be in the works, someday. Right now, I have a lot of LSU tuition to pay. I just like the Vietnam look. "CHARLIE DON'T SURF!"
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 10:25:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/24/2017 10:27:00 PM EST by VaBeachGuy]
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Originally Posted By sazeracjack:
Yes, the A2 lower is not accurate, but maybe an A1 repro will be in the works, someday. Right now, I have a lot of LSU tuition to pay. I just like the Vietnam look. "CHARLIE DON'T SURF!"
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That's the rifle that I carried and slept with in the 80's and 90's, in fact I wouldn't be at all surprised if every rifle that I was ever issued, had done time in Vietnam. My various issued rifles had both type E and type D stocks. All had black slings.

Keep an eye on Brownell's A1 Lowers. Their entire recent batch had the "Safe" "Semi" on the right side, so they yanked them off the site and will eventually sell them at a reduced price as blems.

The 'blem' can be fixed with some JB Weld and a little work.
Link Posted: 6/24/2017 10:47:22 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/24/2017 10:47:58 PM EST by maillemaker]
Looks great! I just finished my build a month or so ago also using a blem barrel.

What ammo are you shooting?

Steve

Link Posted: 6/24/2017 11:46:26 PM EST
I'm using 55 grain PMC. The 1 / 12 twist requires 55. At least that's what I'm told.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 6:00:43 AM EST
Nice 1st retro M16A1 OP. Like everyone is saying, purchase a NDS A1 lower when you can. Nice ZERO target too! Looks like your ready for some serious shooting at this point.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 8:43:09 AM EST
Nice build and good shooting. Enjoy!
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 11:42:56 PM EST
Good job! Thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 6/26/2017 9:04:13 AM EST
I'm using 55 grain PMC. The 1 / 12 twist requires 55. At least that's what I'm told.
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Yup, I am shooting Wolf Gold 55 grain ammo, but not getting groups as good as you are.

Steve
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