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Product Review - replica M16A1

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Product Review - replica M16A1

Postby m3a1 » March 10th, 2019, 3:14 pm

Car show time is fast approaching and with that in mind, I am always looking for ways to improve the showing of my M151A2. The street rod guys hang curbside service trays on their cars with faux food, the ever-present Rat Fink stuff, old road maps and all sorts. We MV guys go straight to guns and associated armament. The problem with the M151 is it has been around FOREVER and so, there is a whole array of weaponry to choose from, spanning half a century or more and depending upon what time period you are representing, one 'gun' is not necessarily as good as another.

I have an M14 which is a spring-air gun I converted to appear far more real than when I got it. The problem with that 'gun' is, being as it is fully constructed of plastic, it is essentially a model and it does require some delicate handling. But, with my makeover, carefully displayed and from only 2 feet away it is very convincing and you'd swear it was the real deal.

Later, when I got a bargain on a rather war-weary M16A2 rubber ducky training gun (with real hardware) I grabbed it. That 'gun' required some massaging to make it appear more real, and being a firm believer in the value of a bargain combined with sweat equity, I worked my magic and came away with a very good, very hardy replica. The only trouble with it is the paint is in almost constant in need of touch up.

Of late, I had a couple of Benjamin Franklins to dispose of and came across what was, by all appearances a rather good, all-metal replica of a M16A1 made in Spain and sold by one of the popular purveyors of antique and replica militaria. So, with the car show only two weeks away, I bought it and at this point, I am still on the fence about whether I should have bought it or not. The "metal" is a zinc alloy and that means that some liberties were taken (such as the width of the guards for the front sight post) in order to make it less prone to breakage. That zinc alloy is then coated with a tinted clear finish that, unfortunately, will never be mistaken for anodizing or parkerizing. So, without further ado, I present to you a product review; the good, the bad and the ugly of my latest acquisition - The Spanish-made M16A1 replica.

(The Good) - This views very well and from about 4 feet the average person might mistake it for a real weapon.....
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(The Bad) - ....except for that bloody awful orange plug. Well, there's no telling what's under it and since some people need reassurance, I'll just leave it alone. Sadly, zinc alloy is brittle and I guess hoping for an early flash suppressor was out of the question.
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(The Ugly) - The hardware for the sling (front and rear) is cheap and is actually smaller in diameter than the real loop! I wouldn't put any faith in it holding up. Luckily, the only thing I'm asking this thing to do is sit there and look pretty.
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(The Good & Bad) - The receiver would make a believer out of the average person but then, whaaaaaaat?!....there's that ridiculous tell-tale screw in the grip. :oops:
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(The Good) - This butt plate is very convincing and no, the little trap door doesn't work. Not that it matters, because no one needs a cleaning kit for a replica gun.
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(The Bad) - The charging handle actually works to cock the trigger mechanism which also goes click. I guess some people think that's important but I doubt I'll ever use it or let anyone else use it...for fear of breaking the charging handle which is also made of (you guessed it!) zinc alloy!
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(The Good & The Ugly) - They've done a pretty good job on details such as the selector switch which looks like it would move but doesn't because it's actually part of the casting. The problem with this is, any high point on the casting is losing the color coating and it's losing it quickly in what little handling I've done with this over the few days I've had it. In short, the finish isn't very hardy at all. Is that screw in the grip bothering you yet?
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(The Good) - Even the bolt release looks convincing. It too is part of the casting.
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(The Good & The Ugly) - Once again, the details are good. The rear sight adjuster and the ring sight are castings and are not adjustable but Ohhhhh...that finish is going to degrade rather badly. Disappointing.
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(The Good & The Ugly) - More of the same. The magazine release does actually work on this and the mag drops like a stone but, drop this magazine on concrete the results will not be pretty. The bolt cover does not function and is always closed. Forward assist is just eye candy. Yep. The grip has a screw on both sides. :roll:
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(The Ugly) - This magazine is the wrong finish for one thing and it just screams, fake, Fake FAKE!
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(The Ugly) - See the insert meant to look like a follower? It's just an interference fit. It fell out. I pressed it back in. I'm rather sure it will fall out again. Makes me wonder why they bothered. By the way, this whole thing will not accept any real parts (other than a sling, of course) so - no bayonet, no real magazine, no real furniture, no real flash hider and no M203 grenade launcher. Oh well. This is what you get for $200.
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(The Good) - This fills up the rack nicely and the forward triangular stock is robust enough to withstand the pressure of the catch. If I find I can't stand the orange tip, I'll just hang a cap or a towel on it.
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So that's a wrap. The biggest drawback on this is that the finish is not only incorrect but it is not hardy enough to be maintenance free. Was it worth the money? For lack of other options beyond a high end Airsoft which would easily cost twice as much I would have to say....Maybe.
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Cheers!
TJ
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Re: Product Review - replica M16A1

Postby rickf » March 10th, 2019, 6:12 pm

Should I mention that you can get really authentic looking Airsoft guns for less than that?
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Re: Product Review - replica M16A1

Postby m3a1 » March 10th, 2019, 9:37 pm

I have a LOT of Airsoft guns. But as I mentioned, when you get down into the lower price ranges, and by that I mean of a similar in price to what I paid for this, (and particularly the spring-air versions which are far less expensive than that) they're simply not constructed very well. You might get away with it up north, but clamp them up in a gun rack on a hot Texas day and see what happens. Not good. Not good at all.
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Re: Product Review - replica M16A1

Postby Mark » March 11th, 2019, 12:08 am

It has a plastic look to it.I can't explain that, it just don't look right
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Re: Product Review - replica M16A1

Postby kmam » March 11th, 2019, 1:38 am

I thought everyone in the USA had at least one genuine M16, amongst a variety of other weapons...? :roll:
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Re: Product Review - replica M16A1

Postby rickf » March 11th, 2019, 9:42 am

I only know of three people that have original and real Class III M16's, One of them is a member here. Hello Raymond? And the laws in the US vary from state to state so owning one depends on where you live. You would need a special class III license no matter what for the full automatic fire weapon. But fom me in New Jersey............... I am out of luck. I even had to grind off the bayonet lug, remove the flash hider and lock the adjustable stock on my AR15 to make it legal here. Oh yea, I am also only allowed ten round magazines and they are talking about dropping that to five.
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Re: Product Review - replica M16A1

Postby m3a1 » March 11th, 2019, 10:49 am

And yet...there you are....still loving in NJ. :shock:

As for the plastic look...yeah. That coating on the zinc alloy is rather disappointing. Eventually I will have to paint this thing but for the moment, I think it's suitable for a car show.

The point of this posting is to allow the rest of you a far better look at this than I had before I bought it and so, if any of you are in the market you'll be far better informed.

Cheers,
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Re: Product Review - replica M16A1

Postby raymond » March 11th, 2019, 3:17 pm

TJ

If there are any pictures I can take that would help with modding it to look a little more realistic, just let me know.
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Re: Product Review - replica M16A1

Postby raymond » March 11th, 2019, 3:22 pm

kmam wrote:I thought everyone in the USA had at least one genuine M16, amongst a variety of other weapons...? :roll:



Why yes, I do have "one genuine M16, amongst a variety of other weapons" including a full auto Fabrique National FNC.

If you ever make it the central U.S. and wouldn't mind a detour to beautiful sunny Clarksville Mo, let me know and we can shoot some of them :idea:

Firing one will certainly put a smile on your face :) 8)
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Re: Product Review - replica M16A1

Postby m3a1 » March 11th, 2019, 4:08 pm

May take you up on that but you know I've already sold my soul to rock-n-roll.

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Re: Product Review - replica M16A1

Postby Husker » March 12th, 2019, 7:34 am

I have the 120 Airsoft A1 it’s not bad I’m taking my mutt to an Airsoft game in April with an 80s Cold War gone hot theme
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Re: Product Review - replica M16A1

Postby raymond » March 12th, 2019, 11:40 am

Nice bringback TJ 8)
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Re: Product Review - replica M16A1

Postby m3a1 » March 12th, 2019, 12:06 pm

I knew you'd get a kick out of that second photo!

By the way, I loved my issued M4. What a sweet little ride.
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