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Retro AR Parts at Brownells

Posted on May 31st, 2016 by ar15news

Seems like Retro ARs or Clones are all the rage lately. TROY has introduced a few retro models, Colt announced at the NRA Annual Meeting earlier this month that they will be bringing back a limited production run of some of their most iconic rifles and now it looks like Brownells will also be dedicating some effort towards bringing quality retro components to market as well. Listed below are the first of many offerings from Brownells with more becoming available in the near future. 

XM177 Flash Hider & Grenade Ring 
The Brownells XM177 Flash Hider & Grenade Ring is the appropriate reproduction piece for your Retro carbine build. This flash hider mirrors the original device’s exterior dimensions, as well as flash hider cuts and grenade ring. The XM177 Flash Hider fits 1/2-28 threads, is machined from 8620L steel and has a black oxide finish. Flash Hider length is 4.335″ and with the grenade ring, bring the total length to 4.45″.

Brownells XM177 Flash Hider Grenade Ring 1Brownells XM177 Flash Hider Grenade Ring 1This is the proper muzzle device for the following reproduction builds:
–  XM177 or Colt Model 610
–  XM177E1 or Colt Model 609
–  Colt Model 619/620
–  XM177E2 or Colt Model 629
–  Colt Model 630 or USAF GAU-5A
–  Colt Model 639
–  Colt Model 649 or USAF GAU-5A/A


M16A1 Upper Receiver 

Designed in conjunction with Nodak Spud, the Brownells M16A1 Upper Receiver matches the features of the original M16A1 Receiver. Perfect for a “Retro” or reproduction build, these uppers precisely mirror the original profile. This match is only possible by utilizing forgings with the proper profile built-in.

Brownells M16A1 Upper Receiver 1Brownells M16A1 Upper Receiver 1

Features specific to the Brownells M16A1 Upper Receiver are the original A1 profile, with no shell deflector, A1 rear sight housing and proper carry handle contours. The upper starts off as a 7075 T6 aluminum forging, then is machined to mil-spec dimensions. Once machined, the upper is finished with a matte black hard anodized finish. This finish matches most modern lowers found on the market today, as well as the Brownells BRN-16A1 Lower Receiver sold separately. Upper receiver does NOT have M4 feedramps.

Standard AR-15 components will work perfectly with this upper.

This upper is the proper receiver for the following reproduction builds:
–  XM16E1
–  M16A1
–  Model 607
–  Model 609 (XM177E1)
–  Model 619
–  Model 629 (XM177E2)
–  Model 639
–  Model 651
–  Model 653
–  Upper is not compatible with Anderson Mfg Lower Receivers due to rear takedown lug depth.

Please note, Nodak Spud does not machine these receivers. Only the forgings are sourced from Nodak Spud. Please contact Brownells with any inquiries or concerns.


AR-15 M16A1 Lower Receiver 
Designed in conjunction with Nodak Spud, the BRN-16A1 Lower Receiver matches the features of the original M16A1 Receiver. Perfect for a “Retro” or reproduction build, these lowers precisely mirror the original profile.

Brownells M16A1 lower receiver 1Brownells M16A1 lower receiver 1Features specific to the BRN-16A1 Lower Receiver are the proper M16A1 front takedown lug profile, and profile surrounding the receiver extension. Most forged lower receivers produced today feature “A2” profiles, which are incorrect for M16A1 reproduction builds. The lower starts off as a 7075 T6 aluminum forging, then is machined to mil-spec dimensions. Once machined, the lower is finished with a matte black hard anodized finish. This finish matches modern uppers found on the market today, as well as the Brownells M16A1 Upper Receiver sold separately.

Standard AR-15 components will work perfectly with this lower.

Simple, engraved markings on the lower include:
–  Model: BRN-16A1
–  Cal: 5.56mm
–  Mfg: Brownells Inc

This lower is the proper receiver for the following reproduction builds:
–  M16A1
–  Model 619
–  Model 629
–  Model 630 / GAU-5A
–  Model 639
–  Model 649 / GAU-5A/A
–  Model 651/652
–  Model 653/654
–  Mk 18 Mod 0
–  Mk 12

Please note, Nodak Spud does not machine these receivers. Only the forgings are sourced from Nodak Spud. Please contact Brownells with any inquiries or concerns.

As someone who has never done any Retro/Clone builds but have always wanted to, these definitely interest me and I am excited to see what else Brownells plans on bringing to the market. There’s just something awesome about seeing the history of the AR-15/M16 and its many variations. Good on Brownells for helping us have the ability to create our own clones of those awesome rifles. 

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