Strange MILF Guns

Odd M16 barrel

The Daily Mail has published a few interesting photos of guns used by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF … who did you think the title referred to?) in the Philippines. One of the guns, an M16, caught the eye of a TFB reader. The barrel is a little strange, it has round bumps along the length of it. I can’t work out if it is decoration, some sort of primitive heatsink or a feature of the steel pipe used to make the barrel in the first place. What do you think?

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Odd M16 barrel

Many thanks to Tom for the tip.

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  • Joseph Dragunov

    Reminds me of Knight’s Armament’s dimpled barrels. Weapon Outfitters offers such service…

    • Giolli Joker

      Exactly what I thought… Am I wrong or KAC is/was employing it on its PDW project?

      • Agitator

        I seem to recall this, as a weight-saving measure I believe.

    • Gidge

      Ditto. quite possibly a parts bin special

    • http://www.facebook.com/john.daniels.9484 John Daniels

      These appear to be bumps, not dimples. Totally different thing.

      • Nitrixflare

        Look at the second photo, they do not seem to be protruding. So my best guess is a dimpled barrel as well.

  • Jimi Martinez

    Barrel made out of a piece of rebar?

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      That was my first thought ;)

      • http://www.facebook.com/mike.halvorsen.7 Mike Halvorsen

        I’ve worked wth rebar enuff to know it when I see it…and,no queston n my mnd, that barrel’s made of rebar! Little brown brother was lucky he didn’t have a ’16 go,”BOOM!” in his face.

        • MOG

          Got to say, darn sure looks like re-bar, how would you go about that? Not sure I would want to.

  • Bull

    a way to lighten the barrel. probably easier to do than fluting and should in theory make a stronger barrel compared to one of the same weight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregor.hinckley Gregor A Hinckley

    reminds me of the old Rifle Grenade Adapter. a fined grenade similar in shape to a 81mm motor round slips over thr barrel and then using a blank cartridge it can be launched significant didtances.

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  • noob

    bumps on your barrel? should have put a condom on the muzzle device to keep the mud out.

    • MOG

      I had M-14 envy, it took a bigger condom.

    • RobGR

      MILF doesn’t like to use protection.

  • bbmg

    Also of interest in the Daily Mail article is what appears to be a Barrett M95 rifle.

  • Graham2

    What’s the betting those MILFs knew some reporters were coming and got hold of a nice ‘scary’ looking airsoft gun to make themselves look more badass.

  • John

    That rough finish screams ‘home build’ to me

  • Lloyd Pattison

    That looks like rebar, defunct weapon revived for a camera shoot to impress the journos anyone?

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  • Mr Mxyzptlk

    Gun looks like a Model 653 apart from the barrel, which should have a thin A1 profile barrel. If you look under the handguard you can see that this part of the barrel is the normal straight thin profile, so I don’t think it is a fake barrel to mock the gun up. As the front of the barrel looks so thick, I would guess that it is a normal barrel with a DIY perforated heat-shield around it, sort of like the ones that were on some of the Dutch AR-10 variants. The A1 profile barrels get very hot firing FA, so is probably to stop it burning stuff.

  • Joel Byrd

    Probably a barrel made from decorative metal (scrap from a gate or fence). You can get some truly awesome weapons in Davao and Cebu.

  • Jaymes

    Looks like a heatshield..

  • jabrauwnie

    this idiots just mount anything that mounts in m16′s to make it look like something weird without any purposes……its just a extension to aid the launchers length

  • E

    Lots of interesting theories. Mostly likely a homemade adapter slipped over the barrel and used to fit the grenade launcher to a carbine rather than a full length rifle. A similar device is used to attach the M203 to an M4. Those “dimples” are just holes drilled in the adapter to aid cooling.

  • Lammo

    Y’all do know that in other parts of the intertubes the term MILF decidedly has nothing to do with Moros, Islamists or Liberation. That headline really made me do a double take. :-)

    • http://twitter.com/Sharpie308 David Sharpe

      Haha me too.

  • baby armalite

    not sure why people are amazed at this; the philippines is a former united states commonwealth – they have the same small arms we have. sometimes the rebels who are engaged in an insurgency against the philippine government get a hold of government property, they customize what they get – big deal. as far as them backyard gun smiths are concerned – we have those here as well, I don’t see anything special about that. filipinos have been making guns for a long time; they were a colony of spain for about 400yrs and a territory of the united states for about 50 – with that kind of heritage gun making is natural.

    don’t look now but armalite used to have their manufacturing facilities over there (the company that made the original ar15). and they’ve had the m1911′s since day one; yes they’re the reason why that gun went into service.

    • Gar

      This article is about the intriguing barrel profile and the reason behind it, not any of the stuff you talked about.

      • baby armalite

        fully aware of that gar; i merely stated some facts about their heritage with guns and that their barrel dimpling is nothing special. they probably have the same reasons we do – considering where they came from.

  • Sean Gilday

    My WAG is a spacer for the front M203 bracket. Keeps it on an A1 barrel without the M4′s M203 cut. Otherwise nothting to stop it sliding forwards and coming loose

  • Anon

    They’re speed holes. They make the gun shoot faster.

  • Sarge

    Looks like a faux gun to me. Phillipinos are good at faking American products. It’s probably made from a few real parts, wood and fabricated steel.

  • http://twitter.com/Sharpie308 David Sharpe

    I bet it’s a different type of “fluting”

    Much like the KAC PDW.

    http://www.knightarmco.com/weapon-features/?features_con=ball_bbl&feature=ball_mill_lightened

  • Zaldo Neo

    guy’s look at this also made by MILF home made sniper 50 cal..