Introduced in 1967, the M16A1 would be the standard issue rifle for the United States Army and Marine Corps until the 1980s. Developed from end-user feedback on the M16, the M16A1 introduced the "fenced" magazine catch to reduce the risk of accidentally ejecting the magazine during handling or movement, the forward assist upper receiver and bolt to help close a bolt that is obstructed by fowling or residue, and other minor adjustments. Manufactured in the 9 million export/commercial serial range, this M16A1 shares features with the "Colt Commando" carbine, minus the signature muzzle device (which can be construed as a silencer per NFA definitions). Post front and two-leaf peep rear sights, with an A1 flash hider on the "C MP CB" marked barrel, ribbed round handguard, checkered pistol grip and two-position telescoping buttstock. The upper receiver has the A1 pattern low profile casing deflector and an oval shaped forward assist, and the lower has a fenced magazine catch and right handed "SAFE"/"SEMI"/"AUTO" selector. A "C" marked full auto bolt carrier is installed, with a "MP C" marked bolt head, both matte black finished. Includes a shipping box, cleaning tools, manual and sling. Provenance: The Dr. Robert Azar Collection
Excellent, with 99% of the original matte black phosphate finish, showing a gray residue (possibly old lubricant) on the left side of the upper receiver, and mild handling marks overall. Much of the surface has a "dry" appearance suggestive of long-term storage. The furniture is also excellent, with mild scratches. Mechanically excellent. NOTE: This weapon is a “RESTRICTED-POST ’86 SALES SAMPLE”, National Firearms Act (NFA) Class 3, Fully Automatic Weapon, that is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478. This weapon is currently registered as being “RESTRICTED-POST ’86 SALES SAMPLE” and as such can only be purchased by qualifying government agencies (such as law enforcement or military organizations) and FFL/SOT Dealers with demo/law letter from said agencies.
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