Nodak NDS-15 Upper and Receiver with a 20" Brownells barrel and brown M16A1 stock set
This AR-15 is setup very similar to the original AR-10 with shown by the top charging handle, this design has also been used in numerous rifles since then, such as the Famas. With the US Military wanting a small caliber rifle capable of accurate full auto fire, the AR-10 in .308 Winchester was rechambered for the much smaller 5.56 and given a T-shaped charging handle behind the rear sight assmebly.
After extensive testing of the original M16 and realising improvements had to be made to make it a more reliable service rifle an updated version was created, the A1.
The A1 variant was given a chrome plated chamber and bore to eliminate corrosion and stuck cartridges and other, minor, modifications. New cleaning kits, powder solvents and lubricants were also issued. Intensive training programs in weapons cleaning were instituted including a comic book-style operations manual. As a result, reliability problems greatly diminished and the M16A1 rifle achieved widespread acceptance by U.S. troops in Vietnam.
In 1969, the M16A1 officially replaced the M14 rifle to become the U.S. military's standard service rifle.
The M16 and it's variants became very popular with it providing troops a lightweight and controllable rifle which was much easier to carry than a M1 Garand or M14 and had a higher fire rate compared to the M1A1 Thompson, M2 Carbine or M3 'Grease Gun'. After nearly 60 years, the M16 has went through a wide range of improvements and variations and is still a popular service rifle today.
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This has been one of my favorite projects, a full refinish on an 1863 Springfield Trapdoor. I received this rifle completely covered in rust, and unable to open the action because of it. After cleaning up the rust and media blasting the metal, the rifle was rust browned. The stock was sealed, refinished, and waxed to preserve what was left of this. Sadly this rifle will never shoot again... the barrel was extremely pitted and to prevent any further damage (or potential damage to the customer) the firing was filed away. I hope the customer enjoys having this rifle hanging up as much as I enjoyed working on it. #Springfield#1863#trapdoor#stockrefinish#rust#rustbrown#refinish#gunsmithing
Browning BAR, .270. Customer called and said he had fired it, and the bolt was stuck to the rear and would not go back into battery. Advised him not to "hammer" on it and bring it in, sounded like he had a timing latch problem. Had to disassemble to get the bolt assembly out. Surface area where the bolt assembly and timing latch meet had a chunk missing, timing latch was worn beyond repair. Fully cleaned, new bolt, firing pin retaining pin, ejector pin, recoil spring, buffer pad, and timing latch. I never re-use the old pins on BAR bolts, they seem to destroy themselves most if the time when being driven out. Plus the old ejector pin had to be drilled out. All parts in inventory. Because ALL the necessary parts were in inventory, The rifle was in, repaired, and back to the customer in 48 hours. Whynot Gunsmith Shop.