The youngest M16 in existence

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

GunsAmerica has the 7th production M16 listed for sale. It is listed for $295,000!

Without a doubt the most famous and most documented Armalite/Colt M16 in existence, serial no 106 manufactured in 1959 (the 7th production gun) and of course the earliest known gun to exist. Yes, this is the gun that Gen Curtis LeMay shot the coconuts and melons with at the cocktail party and then turned to the Cooper-McDonald rep and said,”I want 10,000 of them and I want them yesterday!”. It is said this gun was also shot by Pres Kennedy (off the Presidential Yacht), Batista, MacNamarra, Diem, and a host of other important people. Traveling to Viet Nam twice, its history is part of America’s History, and I feel there is no other gun in existence as important as this firearm – at least as far as 20th century military firearms are concerned.

The original black rifle was not all that black!

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Sam Pinkham Sam Pinkham on Jul 04, 2011

    I too need some info for M16A1 with no serial number showing. Can someone help with info?

  • Kaye Anne Kaye Anne on Aug 02, 2011

    The name M16, almost everybody knows it. Well having a 7th production of it is great. Another strong gun to use, is this M16 for sale to every one? Almost $300 i think it's very expensive.