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Picked this up today, and while “as is” it’s just a start, needing a Brownells 601 lower, three prong flash hider, triangle charging handle, and repro (cause I’m not rich) Green handguards grip and stock. (OK, and proper pins, mag release, bolt catch, and ejection port cover... crap need to work more OT)

This is still the first rifle I’ve owned that seemed to come complete with an automatic soundtrack.

I’ve had White Rabbit, Paint it Black, and Tracks of My Tears playing on repeat while cleaning and tearing it apart...

Bill R
 
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and take the Carbine sling off and get a Seatbelt nylon sling for it



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Colt SP1?


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That looks very good. How does it feel?
 
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You are further along than I. Only have the early brown stocks and the upper from Brownells and an Anderson lower.


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Nice- good to see the furniture actually matches, especially the pre-trapdoor short LOP stock.

I built A1 from all original parts, save the Palmetto lower. As an A1, the birdcage is correct, as is the teardrop forward assist.





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Very nice. Love them without a forward assist. It'll look even better with the slick side lower.

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Colt SP1?


The fenced lower says it isn't.
 
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Did someone say SP1?





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stylophiles - shouldn't the background soundtrack include Creedence Clearwater's Run Through the Jungle?


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Very nice. Love them without a forward assist. It'll look even better with the slick side lower.

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Colt SP1?


The fenced lower says it isn't.


The upper is Brownells Retro 601, the lower is just a plain Jane Aero Precision. I’ve got a Brownells Retro 601 lower that I will be swapping on, I’m just now starting the search for as many of the correct small parts as I can find. I want to switch out for a chrome smooth side BCG for certain, the other stuff might take a while!

I think I will move this stock set to an early A1 build and try to fix up the color on a set of the Brownells green stocks. Set it up as a project AGILE rifle.

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My SP1/M-16 Clone is a great rifle that works nicely and is not picky about ammo or much else.
Enjoy it.
It's an RRA lower with all RRA stock trigger group.
The upper is a surplus m-16 Colt woth a 1/12 colt barrel that eats up 55grn fmj's.
U-S Anodizing matched it all up and did a GREAT job. Here's the "before":

The furniture is all USGI and I think it pretty well replicates an M-16A1 Viet Nam era rifle.

I found a matt chrome bolt group to go with it, and it runs like a top.
 
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Very nice. Love them without a forward assist. It'll look even better with the slick side lower.

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Colt SP1?


The fenced lower says it isn't.


The upper is Brownells Retro 601, the lower is just a plain Jane Aero Precision. I’ve got a Brownells Retro 601 lower that I will be swapping on, I’m just now starting the search for as many of the correct small parts as I can find. I want to switch out for a chrome smooth side BCG for certain, the other stuff might take a while!

I think I will move this stock set to an early A1 build and try to fix up the color on a set of the Brownells green stocks. Set it up as a project AGILE rifle.

Bill R


Yeah, that should turn out quite nice and it sounds like you’ve definitely got it all plotted out. I’d be interested in seeing the after pics once you get it done.

A while back, I was working on a deal with a friend for a Colt 604 clone with a GI upper that kinda fizzled out and fell through. That would have been a nice one to snag, and you’re not too far off from that config now. The feel of those older Colt configurations, A1 and prior, is definitely a different animal from what the modern AR has developed into.
 
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So.... how was my day?

Reprofiling a bolt catch!

Way more work than I thought, that’s some tough steel!




Looking a bit better on the Brownells 601 lower...


Just need the chrome BCG, triangle charging handle, re-do the mag release to horizontal grooves, and sort out all the pins to the correct style with center holes. And find a first model three prong flash hider.

And figure out the stock and handguards. I keep hearing that the Brownells green ones are not a good color match, so might be some painting in my future.

Well, like I tell my wife, it’s cheaper than strippers and coke...

Bill R
 
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Getting closer....
Got a little package with a chrome slick side BCG and flat forward pin from Brownells today!



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So.... how was my day?

Reprofiling a bolt catch!

Way more work than I thought, that’s some tough steel!




Looking a bit better on the Brownells 601 lower...


Just need the chrome BCG, triangle charging handle, re-do the mag release to horizontal grooves, and sort out all the pins to the correct style with center holes. And find a first model three prong flash hider.

And figure out the stock and handguards. I keep hearing that the Brownells green ones are not a good color match, so might be some painting in my future.

Well, like I tell my wife, it’s cheaper than strippers and coke...

Bill R


looks like the mag catch is in too deep,

need to back it out till the button is flush with the screw



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looks like the mag catch is in too deep,

need to back it out till the button is flush with the screw


Yeah, I went a turn too far, thanks to having to wrestle with it because I forgot to install the mag button before the bolt catch.... I’ve got to pull it out anyway to replace with one with the correct horizontal pattern.

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Advice needed. Does anybody see any problem with removing the "fence" on the right side of an Anderson lower? I've got a friend with a mill that can do the deed and a 45 dollar lower sitting here.


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Advice needed. Does anybody see any problem with removing the "fence" on the right side of an Anderson lower? I've got a friend with a mill that can do the deed and a 45 dollar lower sitting here.


I don’t see any problem with it. If you go to the retro forum on AR15.com you can see some of that work done by folks.
 
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357fuzz, thank you for your response and that forum tip.

I just started collecting bits and pieces, I went with the brown furniture kit. So far only have the stripped lower and upper and furniture. I have a friend that is advising me also, ex-SF Vietnam era.


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