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Posted: 3/25/2006 4:32:57 PM EDT
For those of you who can get the military channel I saw a show today called "GI Factory". There was a segment on the FN factory in SC where they manufacture the M-16. Very interesting process. One thing that I was surprised to see was that some of the 16's are issued with picitinny hand guards. If you get a chance watch it.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 4:39:41 PM EDT
I saw that show last night. Very interesting.



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Link Posted: 3/25/2006 4:41:46 PM EDT
Yeah, pretty neat show...Had a good laugh @ the goober who escorted the host thru the helmet factory. Guy looked like he was reading off cue-cards
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 4:55:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:05:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FMichael:
Yeah, pretty neat show...Had a good laugh @ the goober who escorted the host thru the helmet factory. Guy looked like he was reading off cue-cards



He did look uber nervous.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:15:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Chrisp51:
For those of you who can get the military channel I saw a show today called "GI Factory". There was a segment on the FN factory in SC where they manufacture the M-16. Very interesting process. One thing that I was surprised to see was that some of the 16's are issued with picitinny hand guards. If you get a chance watch it.



re: the rails:

factory host mentioned Picatinny rails at a time I believe he was referring to the top rail of the A3 upper.

However, you noticed they were also built with the KAC M5 rail there in the factory. That was likely a run of USMC guns that are now all fitted this way

Good segment.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:18:35 PM EDT
comes on again this morning at 0300 hours, guess gonna have to stay up and watch since i missed it last time.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:20:59 PM EDT
I was surprised the barrels they made were not chrome lined. And they repeatedly showed the polishing of a machined part that was not part of an M16. The picatinny rail was across the top of the hand guard, about 10 inched long. The kevlar helmet manufacturing process was cool. I have one of those, but I am not as confident in it as I was before the show. The quality control test consisted of a 17 grain steel bullet fired at 1700fps into the side of the helmet. I should hope it would stop that tiny and slow projectile. I expected more from the helmet.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:23:34 PM EDT
What I don't understand is why the tour took place in a FN plant, and not Colt, Armalite, etc, etc...Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't FN still a Belgian owned co.? That's like an auto related tv program taking a tour of a American auto plant - where they assemble Nissans hinking.gif


Still a neat program though!
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:46:32 PM EDT
Great show, can't wait till next week!
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 6:04:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FMichael:
What I don't understand is why the tour took place in a FN plant, and not Colt, Armalite, etc, etc...Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't FN still a Belgian owned co.? That's like an auto related tv program taking a tour of a American auto plant - where they assemble Nissans


Still a neat program though!



They may be foreign owned but they are here in the US with US emplyees making guns for US soldiers and us civilians. Nothing wrong with it at all.

Link Posted: 3/25/2006 6:23:39 PM EDT
^ Them sneaky ale-swillin' Belgy's are making huge $$$ off us American tax payersHomer


Link Posted: 3/26/2006 12:03:50 PM EDT
I did not know that you can buy FN made AR's or parts in the US?
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 12:46:01 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/26/2006 1:24:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BravoCompanyUSA:
...I enjoyed the show very much - I hope they go to Colt for the M4 and M4A1s




+1

Link Posted: 3/26/2006 1:40:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Chrisp51:
I did not know that you can buy FN made AR's or parts in the US?



You cant, the government can.
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 1:44:20 PM EDT
I didn't see the show but wish I could.

But about the rail system. When I was in the Army I was issued a FN made M16A4 with KAC rail system hand guard.
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