This variant of the slabside lower receiver is much more common than the genuine military slabside lower, meaning it is often used as a stand in for the correct M16 lower receiver in television and movies. The very low serial number has been a puzzle to me. Your gun looks to be in beautiful condition, thanks for the picks. Here's the skinny on my weapon: 1. Conclusion And that is most of what you should know about the subject, not too hard to take in, right? It is identical to the slickside upper used on the original M16 but features no rear sight, being designed to be aimed using tracer fire. Does your gun have a chrome plated bolt and bolt carrier? Semper fi photographs would be very helpful Semper fi Got any pictures of it? I found, and purchased, one at the gun show this weekend but have not been able to verify it's date of manufacture after checking many other websites and even using the Colt website serial number search engine. That link leads back to this thread.
The fourth digit has been used many times as a way to different later models from earlier ones. It does however retain the carry handle that the rear sight is normally mounted in along with the windage direction arrows for adjusting the absent sight, due to it being made from a regular slickside forging without the final machining for the rear sight. Position adjustment is accomplished by depressing a lever on the underside of the stock, releasing it once the stock is adjusted to the desired length. A Colt single action model usually possesses 1 character prefix and 4 numerical digits. I wanted one that as closely resembled my rifle from my days in the Corps as possible. Looking at mine, I'm fairly certain it's a zero. If you truly want to know how to read Colt serial numbers then this article got something for you.
Although it succeeded in reducing the flash somewhat it led to excessive fouling in the chamber, along with accuracy problems using tracers. However, as the page already stated, the database of the method is not a completed one. That was my driving criteria. It featured a number of internal baffles to reduce not only the flash but also the sound report, meaning it is classed as a suppressor making civilian use more legally problematic due to this the majority of moderators seen in film and television are replicas omitting the internal baffles and chambers. Serial numbers in this range were not run in order. This is still the best method when it comes to reliability though. For this purpose it is modified with several holes drilled in the side, which are used to pin spacers in place to hold the smaller 9mm magazine in the standard 5.
I think that list is incorrect 2. It also has two cutouts ahead of the butt plate above and below the buffer tube to allow a sling to be wrapped around the stock in lieu of a standard sling loop. Serial numbers Technically speaking, Colt serial numbers jumped all over the place with no set pattern so you cannot understand them without a reference table. The easiest way to differentiate this stock from that found on the M16A1 is the squarer edges on the butt pad, and the fact that the butt pad is chequered over its entire surface as opposed to the A1 stock which was only textured on the trapdoor cover. I may have asked one of the dumber questions on this forum recently. I haven't had much luck contacting colt yet about the serial numbers So, I figured I'd post here, to see what people thought.
It is also absent from a number of civilian rifles, such as the Match Target rifles, to comply with various laws and regulations. But since you asked I'm going to have to double check and see if I'm delusional. Below are some solutions to read the numbers along with interesting information about Colt serial rules and regulations. Your gun was certainly made a while after that date. I believe I own a very early pre-production 614 that is a factory Colt gun but is Ar 15 marked with no model number with a serial number in the 15000 range, it is not a conversion. This did require some modification to the front mount of the M203 however, and the barrel of the grenade launcher pointed slightly downwards relative to the barrel of the carbine. Hello, I am new to this forum and I hope someone out there can help me out.
I want to stop telling folks to avoid buying a Colt because parts not interchanging. It can be identified by the raised fence around the magazine release button on the right side of the weapon which is designed to lessen the chances of accidentally releasing the magazine. If you have an earlier style than mine, I would say mine is late 60's, if the same, likely 1965. Do not rely on this data only, call the manufacturer for details! You know, maybe I've flashed my butt here. The rear take down pin was a little different, the front take down pin wasn't drilled for a detent, and used a screw on much of the production. This stock was used on the original M16 and early models of the M16A1 until 1971 when it was replaced by the A1 type stock.
However, for most of the time, you can get the general idea of the Colt code by checking out the information down below. I've been dumping on Colt for years because of the irregular pins and if they have changed. But if I have, I'll be back this afternoon and admit it. Update: More data on M16 serial numbers, manufactureres, and dates. Rear windage peep sight with no elevation adjustment 8. The original hinged rear sling loop was also replaced by a simpler and more robust fixed loop.
These were used as replacement parts by Anniston. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. As a whole, the archive letter contains important historical facts about your gun which considerably enhances its collectible value. The push pin at the front of the lower receiver either has a flat round head, or a round head with a circular divot in the centre. This upper was the one that was chosen by Diemaco now Colt Canada for the C7 rifle and C8 carbine.
Slickside Sightless A unique upper receiver found only on the M231 firing port weapon. There are also Balimoy M16A1 lowers restamped A2 in this serial number range. A2 pistol grip on A2 lower Stocks Solid Fixed Original Colt rifles had a solid stock without an internal storage compartment and one piece butt pad. That is an interesting gun and I would sure like to see a photo of it. This page is intended as a guide to identify the various Colt manufactured.
I didn't see it here although it's always possible I missed it: Anyone know the location on the above mentioned website or other sources of information on the Model 614? Did you go to and check the pictures there? That is why the lookup result is not always good enough for your need. Here is a picture of my early pre-production 614. Front elevation sight with bayo lug 7. The term partial fence is a misnomer as the ridge on the side of the receiver is unrelated to the magazine release button, but is instead a housing for the detent spring which retains the new push pin. But after 60 they've gotten pretty scary. It's brand new complete not fired , in box, in plastic.