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SLR 8" SBR build done. Just waiting for a few accessories (sling end plate, AAC Blast Shield, Cloud Defensive LCS, and an actual working ScoutLight head) and repairing my BTC Spectre, but otherwise al

One of my latest build, a real Colt M16A1 converted for GBBR on the WA system. Stripped upper, barrel and BCG was changed to Viper Tech du to my local laws. Also a video of how it was made:

Hey all! I kind of stumbled upon this thread by accident while searching for M16A2 receiver markings on google and saw one of Catgut's amazing VT's. Which brought me here I have been working on

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Hey all! I kind of stumbled upon this thread by accident while searching for M16A2 receiver markings on google and saw one of Catgut's amazing VT's. Which brought me here :)

I have been working on a Viper Tech M723 "Operation Gothic Serpent" clone for a while now and just recently got a more period correct carry handle scope mount installed than my previous A.R.M.S. #02 repro. This was a MGW Weaver mount that I bought from Brownells EU that turned out to be slightly too wide for my Viper Tech carry handle "gutter" and needed som fitting. Luckily I know a gunsmith and I took it to his shop just the other that to have it milled in order to fit.

I have been using Vickers guide to the AR-15 vol. 1 (second edition), Catgut and the internet in general as my sources. There is a reference build in Vicker's in particular that I have been using as inspiration.

The scope is a RS Aimpoint 5000 mounted with period correct Leupold Rifleman 30mm rings (that were harder to find than I'd like to admit, but now I have a couple of sets). The Buttstock is RS, but not original Colt, but is from Brownell's "Retro" line. Honestly, the stock VT buttstock is almost identical, it wasn't worth switching out.

The handguards are repro and are DNA XM177E2 handguards that have a pretty good sheen to them and matches the look of the original handgaurds pretty good, they even have heatshields which is a plus for repros.

The light is a RS Surefire 6P with an original tape switch which is mounted on a small piece of picatinny rail bolted directly to the upper portion of the handguard in the 2-3 o'clock position via an original Surefire 1 inch ring. The Tape switch is secured to the handguard by two pieces of bike tubing colocially called "ranger bands" (thanks Catgut!) and works just as good as 100mph tape without the added hassle of having to apply new tape every time you take the handguards off.

The sling is not stricly speaking clone correct, but I really like OD slings and found a guy on Ebay who made repro USGI silent slings in custom colors (not just black). The sling is mounted on the FSB via a piece of OD paracord.

And that's about it I tihnk. The gun itseld is stock internally, being a Viper Tech there really isn't much need to upgrade.

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Not meaning to spam! But I just received my new Viper Tech Colt Model 701 (M16A2) painted in Colt Grey cerakote that I have been waiting for for a while now. Really happy with this one, now I need a RS surplus sling and furniture :D

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On 4/23/2022 at 9:45 PM, Radford343 said:

The light is a RS Surefire 6P with an original tape switch which is mounted on a small piece of picatinny rail bolted directly to the upper portion of the handguard in the 2-3 o'clock position via an original Surefire 1 inch ring.

Beautiful rifle. Do you have any close-ups of the way the torch is mounted?

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On 6/10/2022 at 1:03 AM, PureSilver said:

Beautiful rifle. Do you have any close-ups of the way the torch is mounted?

Why thank you! It's just a bolted on piece of picatinny rail, not much to photograph really.

I have since decided to barrel mount it via a SF M10 adapter instead:

 

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