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Very Nice! Here are some photos of my 601 and 602ish clones with accessories. Since taking these photos I have aquired an short pocket open top bipod case for my Armarlite bipod.
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Those things bring back memories in mid-80's - the A2s were just coming on the scene then. But I remember those slick-side/ slab of years past.
 

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Can you post a picture of this "short pocket open top bipod case"? I want to see if its the same as the one I have. Thank you

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Can you post a picture of this "short pocket open top bipod case"? I want to see if its the same as the one I have. Thank you

eQ
Here you go.
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Sweet! Looks a lot like the one I qualified with at Lackland AFB in 1972 (might have actually been 50 years ago today, or close to it). It might have had a 4-digit serial number--if not 4, it was 5. I'm working on building up an early-look AR--having trouble finding the exact shade of green paint for the furniture.
 

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I think you need to start with the brown furniture and paint the green over it. So if it wears through I think it will look more 'correct'. I'm curious was the spray paint really just 'regular' spray paint and not a more durable coating? I'd consider a Duracoat type paint if wear is a concern. It's a bit of a catch-22 if you want it to wear for a certain look vs not wear too soon if you like it to stay like 'new'.
 

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Testors FS 34079 Dark Green

34079 looks too dark to me. The ones I remember were lighter and brighter--not quite 34151 Interior Green but not that far from it.

Many of the Lackland early ARs had the green paint worn off down to what looked like a red or brown primer, or down to bare fiberglass. I found a can of green camo paint that might be in the right neighborhood, and was planning to lay that over red primer.

Here's some pics I took at a gun show a few years ago of an original M16, still wearing its original paint.
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Check with John Thomas at RetroArmsWorks.com. He probably has it figured out, various ways to duplicate it. He recently responded to me on some 602 questions I had.
 

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Great thread guys! Since I have you all here, can I assume these are the type M16s used in Vietnam….I noticed no forward assist.

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Great thread guys! Since I have you all here, can I assume these are the type M16s used in Vietnam….I noticed no forward assist.

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Was typing this:
Basically what was said above.

Based on what I've seen at this website http://retroblackrifle.com/ I think they must have gone to Vietnam. Also the slickside uppers with no forward assist continued on in use even after the forward assist variants came about around 1964ish to 1967 becoming the M16A1. So I think its safe to say these types made it to Vietnam or that slickside uppers made it to Vietnam.
 

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Great thread guys! Since I have you all here, can I assume these are the type M16s used in Vietnam….I noticed no forward assist.

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I'm under the impression that MOST of the M16s used in Vietnam were A1s with the forward assists. USAF stayed with "straight" M16s and none EVER had a forward assist, though they did adopt the birdcage flash hiders and mag-button fences.

Here's my retro-project AR. I started it with a genuine USAF-surplus upper, so no FA. It's on a cheap EA lower with the fences, which doesn't bother me. I have a second set of "furniture" to paint green, including an early buttstock with no trap door, and a 3-prong flash hider, and even an early hard-chromed bolt carrier assembly, though it has a Parked M261 .22LR USGI conversion in it in this pic. If I ever get around to finishing it off, it should look pretty good.

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I got some info from Duracoat. I asked them about what color they thought matched the early green furniture.

“looks very close to our Russian Army Light Green”
 
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