Vietnam manufactures M16 and M4 rifle clones!

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

I came across Imperial Defense, a British company, who manufacturer M16 and M4 clones.

Imperial Defense MG4A5 (M4 Carbine clone)
Imperial Defense MG4A6 (M4 Commando clone)

According to this post at the forum, the guns are manufactured in Vietnam! This makes Vietnam the second communist country to manufacture M16s.

I would guess that the guns are copied off China’s Norinco CQ 5.56 (M4A1 clone).

This is not the first time a Vietnam company has manufactured clones of Western weaponry. They notably manufacture a Lee Enfield clone, the AIA M-10, much to the frustration of American Lee Enfield enthusiats who cannot import the rifle due to BATFE rules which ban firearm imports from Vietnam.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • AK Fanboy AK Fanboy on Dec 10, 2010

    "real-Viet guy", I guess you forgot about the border wars between Vietnam and China in the 1980s!

  • Sam Suggs Sam Suggs on Feb 11, 2013

    Im happy about the way things tuned out in vietnam however the area could have been saved from the horrors of a comunist dictatorship had the war been fought right a our school system and our media cannot accept