When I stopped by the Brownell’s booth at SHOT Show, I asked the question, “What’s new for 2016?” To my astonishment, they showed me a complete retro line for the classic M-16. Brownell’s, I think, has rightly identified that certain classic cars have become cool again, and in that vein, so has the original M-16.
So, in an effort to tap into the retro M-16, Brownell’s has designed (in conjunction with Nodak Spud,) the Brownells M16A1 Upper Receiver that matches feature for feature the original M16A1 Receiver. These include the original A1 profile, with no shell deflector, A1 rear sight housing and proper carry handle contours. Once machined, the upper is finished with a matte black, hard anodized finish.
The BRN-16A1 Lower Receiver matches the features of the original M16A1 Receiver. This Lower Receiver has the proper M16A1 front takedown lug profile, and profile surrounding the receiver extension.
Most forged lower receivers produced today feature “A2” profiles, which are incorrect for M16A1 reproduction builds. The lower starts off as a 7075-T6 aluminum forging, then is machined to mil-spec dimensions. Once machined, the lower is finished with a matte black, hard anodized finish.
Simple, engraved markings on the lower include:
- Model: BRN-16A1
- Caliber: 5.56mm
- Mfg.: Brownells Inc
Both the upper and lower receiver retail for $150 each and are available now.
Brownell’s has also introduced the M16A1 5.56 Barrel, which closely matches the barrels found on late model M16A1 rifles. This barrel has the same lightweight 2o-inch profile as the originals. Chrome-lined bore and chamber complement a 1-12 twist, the twist found on GI barrels. This barrel is inspected and proof fired just like the originals. Included is the barrel nut and handguard with the muzzle threaded ½-28, and is ready for installation of a classic flash hider. The barrel is marked MFR 12238 MP CHROME BORE 1-12.”
The retail price is $219.99 and is available now.