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Old 01-03-2017, 06:46 AM   #1
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How do like that binary trigger?

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Old 01-03-2017, 07:26 AM   #3
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Haven't been out to the range yet. Will take this out once all parts are in.
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One day I hope to have a 20" A2 style with the triangle handguard. That Vietnam era look has grown on me.
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marcoc, I'm glad you specified "semi-retro", as it would have been nice to have a more adjustable sight on the originals and A1s. Even so far as opening up the short range peeps aperture somewhat, if not to .2" diameter, as the A2. There was a limited number of replacement rear sights that had larger apertures, which were available with the early "Night Sights" that has a Tritium front sight with an exposed tritium vial creating a vertical stripe in the 4 position front sight, but only had 2 windows to reveal the illumination. The rear "ghost" aperture was marked "50M". These were great for "Carbine" length gas systems, and the close proximity of front and rear sights. The old A1 sights were Okay on rifles, but carbines suffered, with the small apertures available on the A1 rear sights.

I know this isn't well focused, but it's one of those "Old" "Night Sight" rear apertures I have on a "slightly modified" Colt SP1 Carbine I bought in the early 80s.
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marcoc, I'm glad you specified "semi-retro", as it would have been nice to have a more adjustable sight on the originals and A1s. Even so far as opening up the short range peeps aperture somewhat, if not to .2" diameter, as the A2. There was a limited number of replacement rear sights that had larger apertures, which were available with the early "Night Sights" that has a Tritium front sight with an exposed tritium vial creating a vertical stripe in the 4 position front sight, but only had 2 windows to reveal the illumination. The rear "ghost" aperture was marked "50M". These were great for "Carbine" length gas systems, and the close proximity of front and rear sights. The old A1 sights were Okay on rifles, but carbines suffered, with the small apertures available on the A1 rear sights.

I know this isn't well focused, but it's one of those "Old" "Night Sight" rear apertures I have on a "slightly modified" Colt SP1 Carbine I bought in the early 80s.
Yeah. Even the adjustable sights are hard on my eyes. I watched popeye daily as a kid so I no swee'pea!
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One day I hope to have a 20" A2 style with the triangle handguard. That Vietnam era look has grown on me.
It does have the look, but the A2 variant wasn't introduced until 1982.

I carried the M16 without the forward assist when I was in the Army, but when it came time to buy my own AR, I intentionally went with the A2.

It's almost the same thing as I carried, but I like the sight adjustments better with the A2 system.
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It does have the look, but the A2 variant wasn't introduced until 1982.

I carried the M16 without the forward assist when I was in the Army, but when it came time to buy my own AR, I intentionally went with the A2.

It's almost the same thing as I carried, but I like the sight adjustments better with the A2 system.
Thanks for the clarification.
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And here's where I'm at with the XM177 clone. Paint job the worst (cheap airbrush was spurting out bubbles), flat handgurad ring almost made me throw the rifle out in the yard, missing this and that, need to refinish scratches.....



Here it is with the greenie...


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Here's the greenie, no longer a shorty and not so retro as I originally intended....but I like!

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Bought new in 1980 for the astronomical sum of 280.00. Colt SP-1



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I built an IDF clone--A1 upper on an A2 lower with M4 barrel and slip ring, A1 pistol grip. Some retro parts, some modern parts.
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The short greenie is now a Dissipator!

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