TFB’s serial adventurer Claymore sent me this photo of the M16A1 Carbine he purchased in the early 1980s. Claymore writes …

This was one of the first NFA firearms I bought after getting my S.O.T. Had to be about 1983 or so. At that time dealers could get one each of all the Colt products and this one started my collection of them.

It’s an M-16a1 Carbine with the original 14 inch barrel.

This photo was taken by me using my brand new 35 mm camera that would go on to be used to take all the photos on my “adventures” that are posted on here.

This was just trying out different settings on the camera.

Claymores many adventures, and the guns he encountered on them, can be found here.

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  • Anonymoose

    >At that time dealers could get one each of all the Colt products
    Only one? :c

    • claymore

      You could get more one at a time. After the transfer you sent in the paperwork to replace the one sold. Remember this was direct from Colt and you could buy all you wanted from other sources when you could find one.

      And the kicker this a dealer price of about $486.00 back then. When the prices went through the roof when the new laws was enacted I sold the last of this type for $6,000.00 in 1992

      • FourString

        $6000 in 1992 dollars, wau

        • claymore

          LOL and I had 10 of various models! Best investment ever.

          But I would still rather new ones were available.

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  • IXLR8

    I don’t remember collaping stocks in that era. I thought they were a more recent innovation for the Stoner platform. I know a variety of folding stocks has been available on a number of weapon systems (Colts excluded).

    • ColonelColt

      That’s an original aluminum telestock. They’ve been around since late Vietnam on CAR-15s and their ilk.

    • It would be a Colt RO653 or its equivalent. The 14.5″ barrel models appeared around the time that they quit making the XM177-variants.

      • claymore

        At this time in about 1983 you could get a 10″ ,11″, 14.5″, standard, then an HBAR saw type. Later years same thing in an A-2 type even if you still had the older versions.

        And these were completely transferable NOT dealer samples, you could get a sample cheaper but I never saw the need at that time.

  • Renegade

    That’s about as pure as it gets for that platform. Very nice piece, Claymore.

  • USMC03Vet

    NFA automatic and 782 gear…..

    Certified badass.

    • claymore

      LOL it was well used as you can see. the latest and greatest of it’s kind at the time LOL. That is me on the right and this was on LAOS with the Hmong.

  • Zachary marrs

    Do you still have the camera?

    • claymore

      Yes I do but haven’t used it in many years since the small digital ones came out.

      • RRT877

        Can you tell us, witch model of 35mm Camera it had been?

        • claymore

          Wow I would have to dig out my “old stuff” to find it but it was an SLR not expensive but known brand can’t remember which one.

        • claymore

          See my comment Above to Zach. Pentax ME

    • claymore

      Remembered last night just before falling asleep that it was a Pentax ME. And found out that I got screwed buying it. Looked it up on google and found it went out of production in 1979 and I bought it NEW in 1983! But it is a good little camera and I never had a problem with it.

      • Zachary marrs

        It obviously served you well!

        I have one, but its broken

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Thanks very much for posting this, Claymore — it’s always good to be able to share valuable experiences. This version of the M16A1 carbine / post XM-177 is probably the true forerunner of the M4 carbine with telescoping stock as most know it today.