Skip to comments.BBC, Thailand: Brown Receiver; Composite or Trick of Light on M-16?
Posted on 05/28/2015 9:39:47 AM PDT by marktwain
My nephew, Nick, had a BBC newscast on about human smugglers in Thailand. It appears that the BBC is a bit less shy about showing weapons than many U.S. outlets, but that could simply be perception on this one show. I watch very little TV. From BBC.com:
Manit told us his district had long been used by human traffickers to transfer migrants from boats to trucks. He wanted to stamp it out. But he was getting little help from the central government, or from local law enforcement.The BBC correspondent was allowed to join a patrol off the coast. In the video we see what appears to be an M-16A2 with a composite receiver. If you look at the closeup of the receiver, it does not appear to be aluminum, but maybe it is just a trick of the lighting.
I’m still trying to figure out if the dress is blue or black.
That is simply a lower receiver completely worn of any finish.
I don’t know about that, but I saw another post showing this rifle with the compensator vents facing down. Improperly installed.
That was a different rifle, but from the same BBC story.
When I worked at NWSC Crane in the early 1980s, we reworked some 25,000 very well-worn former USMC M16A1 rifles and refinished the lower receivers with a high-temperature, high-adhesion graphite-based finish. After a year or so of being repeatedly oiled [especially if 2-cycle oil or transmission fluid was used] they did indeed pick up a muddy chocolate colouration.
That rifle in the pic's fairly interesting because it's an early M16A1 [or XM16!] lower receiver upgraded with the heavier barreled M16A2 type upper. It could be that the user has a source of M855 ammo meant for the M16A2/M4 [which doesn't work too well in the 1:12 twist barrel of the M16A1/XM177E2] or it could simply be that the original barrel either wore out or got bent.
My AMVETS post has two unanodized M4s with VERY shiny lowers, and to which I've fitted 10-inch stainless steel bayonets- all for parade duty for our honour guard. The rifle in the pic hasn't been so polished, but looks to be a pretty good match for magazines that have lost their protective coating after a decade or two of use.
That's obviously an extremely used weapon and over it's lifetime who knows what abuse it's seen..........
I don't think they would care for their weapons as you and I would do with our own.......
Thank you for your very informative post.
Exactly the type of expertise that freerepublic is justly famous for attracting.
I noticed your picture today had a flash suppessor.
There's only one slot missing on the M16A2/M4 flash hider, to prevent vented muzzle gasses from kicking up dust when fired from the prone position. You sure that hodgepodge M16A1 lower/M16A2 upper doesn't have an M16A1 flashhider on it?
I try. The more info supplied or the better or more detailed the pics, the better the likelihood that I can at least come up with a logical or reasonable analysis or observation. Which does not necessarily mean it's correct.
The picture I saw was the same guy, but a different photo. There was no mistaking the vent on the bottom.
Maybe it was this article?
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