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Old August 5th, 2018, 09:29 AM #11
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Thank you for taking the time to create these personal records. I really enjoy your commentary, especially pointing out things like the dirt on the magazine is “dirt from combat zones around the world”. It’s not just regular old Maryland dirt.


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You are quite welcome and thank you!

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i'm pretty sure I've seen other versions of the manuals in the local Wonderbook's stores. We picked one up for the 3 round burst M16 a couple months ago. I'll keep an eye out when I'm in there.
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Thank you. I'd appreciate that.
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You have one of the best collections I've seen on here. Have you ever thought about getting out of the people's republic of MD to expand your collection? Since getting out I've upped my pre ban game quite nicely.
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Thank you Robert. My collecting days are actually drawing to a close. I started buying back in the 80's and bought everything I could afford. I didn't spend my money on women, wine, cars and all the rest of it like most of my young friends did. Instead, I spent it on firearms. There are a very few things I didn't get back in the day that I would still like to but can't because of the tyrannical laws of this state but I really don't need them if I went this long without them anyways. The fact is, I can't take this stuff with me and I plan on starting to sell it off as I get closer to retirement....which is coming unbelievably fast! By the time I retire, I'll have gotten rid of almost everything. At that point, I'll be leaving this dump of a state, to set up basecamp in some tiny Midwest plains town so that I can be free travel and explore. So, it's almost time to stop buying and go shoot more while I still have it to shoot! I already have more than I need or ever really wanted.
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I was a SAW gunner back in the day. It was a bit of a bitch to carry, not to mention the weight all the associated ammo. That misery was quickly forgotten when it got put to use.

My biggest complaint was that our supply section wouldn't requisition the nut sacks. The 200 round boxes were awfully bulky to carry around.
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I was a SAW gunner back in the day. It was a bit of a bitch to carry, not to mention the weight all the associated ammo. That misery was quickly forgotten when it got put to use.

My biggest complaint was that our supply section wouldn't requisition the nut sacks. The 200 round boxes were awfully bulky to carry around.


I was always an A-gunner, so I had to have the spare barrel strapped to my plate carrier, and lug around an extra drum or two. I was pretty happy when my BN switched to the IAR.
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Thanks to a wonderfully generous and first class fellow who took pity on me after reading my posts, I now have an early fixed handle barrel and stock with the webbing intact. Lets take a look and I'll post a couple other goodies I've picked up.

It still needs an early non-flared pistol grip and the early feed cover without a rail and the rear sight moved forward to look truly authentic but we're getting closer:




Some things to note are the barrel profile seen only on early barrels with the bell shaped flash hider, the fixed carry handle and the funny shaped knob on front of the gas block denoting an adjustable gas system:



Next are details of some markings on the barrel assembly.

Typical caliber and twist rate stamp. At some point, they changed from the European style "," (seen here) to the US style "." in between the 5's :


Part number on the flash hider:

The one I sourced from Belgium does not have this number and is made a little differently. I'll show you that in a bit.

Part number on the side of the barrel:


Part number on gas knob:


"N" mark on the left side (when viewed from the firing position) of the gas block indicating "Normal" setting:

Note that the arm on the front of the gas knob is pointing to the left, indicating that the gas system is set to Normal.

There is no marking on the other side of the gas block for Adverse:


Belgian proof mark on top of barrel:

Whether the entire assembly was made in Belgium and marked for US contract or just the barrel was and we assembled everything to it over here, I do not know. But there is no question that the barrel itself was made there.

Stamps on the bottom of the barrel:

To the right is a partial stamp of hex with a figure in it. I'm pretty sure that is a date code stamp used by FN. Here's a close up of it:

Is that a "Q" in there? You FN guys know this stuff far better than I do. What year does that represent? I would very much like to know when this barrel was made.


The last picture in this post shows the difference between a known Belgian made flash hider (unmounted) and the one on this barrel bearing a part number:
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