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Yep. I can't wait to try it out and see if it holds zero. The very last piece for the M16A4 clone build should arrive today. The point of this project is to give me something to do while convalescing during and after upcoming medical treatments that starts this Thursday. I will probably wait a couple of weeks to begin the rifle build until I know how well I'm going to tolerate treatment.

I just finished pinning the front fender liners back a little bit on our Laramie so the new BF Goodrich Rugged Trail tires don't rub them during a hard left turn. And I replaced the blown-out 6x9 Kickers in the front doors of my Charger R/T Daytona with some better Kickers. I was going to replace the factory amp with a Kicker amp too (for better control), but I've run out of time. I figure all my automotive projects will be on hold for a while. The rifle build is just one of several indoor projects I have lined up to see me through the medical treatments.

PS: I had considered getting a legal binary trigger, so the M16A4 clone would fire in binary when the selector was set to "Burst". That would have added even more "wow" factor to this build. But those triggers run about $500. So I am going to wait on that one right now. ;)
 

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Getting ready to begin my M16A4 clone build. You will have to pardon the mess. I decide to do this in an "ad hock" storage area instead of on my desk. My medical treatments are going well, so it looks like I'm not going to be home-bound during recuperation like I thought. I might as well get this build underway. God seems to enjoy blessing fools like me. And I'm very grateful I'm not lying in bed in pain right now.

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I've already found one issue. I like to use a magazine well block to hold these rifles as I build them. I usually use an unfinished 80% lower when working on the upper, since an unfinished 80% lower is much tougher than a regular finished lower. But this M16 upper will not fit on it without machining out the rear pin well on the 80% lower. The reason is that the milspec M16 upper is designed for a full automatic lower that has the back of the trigger well machined out a lot more than on an AR15. This and other similar M16 uppers will fit on a finished AR15 lower as long as there is no "gate" between the safety select location and the rear pin well. You can see what I mean in this photo.

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I don't want to risk damaging my special M16A4 clone lower by using it to support the upper during assembly. Luckily, I have a junk completed lower that I messed up during machining. I will use that instead of the unfinished 80% lower. The clone lower will be completed separately from the upper to avoid damaging it.

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More to come. ;)
 
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Sorry to hear about the medical treatment. Hope you are doing well!
Gun looks like a bunch of fun! Can't wait to see it finished.
 

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It's time to try out this M16A4 clone build.

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This was originally going to be a project for when I was stuck at home during medical treatments. But God showed mercy on me, and I'm tolerating the treatments exceptionally well. So I finished the build and it's time to have some fun!

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The $35 ACOG knock-off is outstanding. After the first few shots, I had to zero it in a second time. But from there on, it held zero like a champ. My son told me I should be tapping on the adjustments with the handle of my screwdriver after setting them. I don't know if that made the difference. But the ACOG was good to go for the rest of the day with very tight groupings.

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And oh-boy! This rifle will REALLY throw some serious lead downrange.

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I really like this rifle. Admittedly, it's pretty heavy for an AR15, but it's got a LOT of muscle.

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My 30-year-old son has been looking for a lever gun, but the price of those things has gone out of sight. While doing some solo Christmas shopping Friday, I stopped by my go-to gun store and they had this Marlin .30-30 they had just taken as a trade-in. And the price was about the same as the other stores wanted for a worn out Winchester. Wow! And right now, Marlins are often more expensive than Winchesters. I took a photo and called my son. I told him what is mother and I were planning to spend on him this Christmas, and if he wanted to fund the rest, he could have an EXTREMELY NICE lever gun. He met me at the gun store about twenty minutes later. He's been smiling ever since.

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Oh.. And that's a Leupold scope on it. It's about as clear as a sunny spring day and has about a foot of eye relief. "Wow" doesn't even cut it.
 

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My 30-year-old son has been looking for a lever gun, but the price of those things has gone out of sight. While doing some solo Christmas shopping Friday, I stopped by my go-to gun store and they had this Marlin .30-30 they had just taken as a trade-in. And the price was about the same as the other stores wanted for a worn out Winchester. Wow! And right now, Marlins are often more expensive than Winchesters. I took a photo and called my son. I told him what is mother and I were planning to spend on him this Christmas, and if he wanted to fund the rest, he could have an EXTREMELY NICE lever gun. He met me at the gun store about twenty minutes later. He's been smiling ever since.

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Oh.. And that's a Leupold scope on it. It's about as clear as a sunny spring day and has about a foot of eye relief. "Wow" doesn't even cut it.
My favorite gun is my .30-30 .. don't have a scope on but not needed in the thick bush I'm in.. nice find... awesome 😎
 

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When comparing my son's new Marlin Model 336 .30-30 to my 1985 Marlin Model 336, he noticed that mine had "see-thru" scope mounts that allow the iron sites to still be used. He wanted a set, but the main US company that made them, Kwik Site, is no longer in business.

Stock photo similar to mine.
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Luckily I found that while not selling directly, Kwik Site continues to make them for other manufactures. Since his .30-30 came with a factory Weaver rail and an awesome Leupold scope on it, I was able to find the Weaver version of the same US-made see-thru mounts being sold by Leupold. The part number is 55880. So there will be a set under the Christmas tree for him.:)

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