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    Retro AR15 Assembly

    When my stepfather passed away a few years ago and I found in his chest all his old Vietnam records, journal, pictures, etc. I decided to put together an M16a1 clone as he carried. I picked up an upper kit a year or two ago and drug my feet getting a NodakSpud lower. I finally got it after close to a year wait and put it together during the week. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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    Awesome! I love the A1's. My favorite AR.

    Like the one I built. I used Brownell's(NodakSpud) upper and lower. Still looking for a rectangle pad port cover though.

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    Love it! I built a lot of those back in the mid-1980's when I had my firearms business. Seeing that makes me wish I still had one. I have a box of misc AR goodies somewhere out in my shop, including a barrel wrench. I wonder if I remember enough to build another?
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    I really do like both of them. Nice builds.
    The biggest problem with the retro rifles is there are so many models of them.
    It can become an illness hunting for parts and never finding all that you need.

    Retro's are so much fun to build.
    The search for the parts is part of it.
    Several years ago I ordered a lower from Nodak.
    I sent them a money order to pay for it.
    I mentioned in a note that I was going to build one like I had in Vietnam in 1968.
    When I got the receiver the serial number is 1968.
    I still own it. Some day I will take it out and shoot it.

    Thanks for posting the pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gearloose View Post
    Love it! I built a lot of those back in the mid-1980's when I had my firearms business. Seeing that makes me wish I still had one. I have a box of misc AR goodies somewhere out in my shop, including a barrel wrench. I wonder if I remember enough to build another?
    Just gather the parts up and if you need help some one will help you.
    U-tube has step by step instructions to follow also.

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    They both look really nice - I really need one for the collection and old memories.
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    Looks great and is still on my list to get a receiver for. The wait was really almost a year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by M1 Tanker View Post
    Looks great and is still on my list to get a receiver for. The wait was really almost a year?
    Just looked back through emails and it was close to 8 months, so I guess I over exaggerated. It's worth it, just wish I wouldn't have drug my feet. I ended up buying two and a 604 upper that I was going to use on a Colt 0635 clone but I ended up sbr'ing an A2 lower because I didn't want to wait any longer. I also found a Colt upper. Now I'm trying to figure out what to do with them.
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    Good job on a nice looking retro.
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    Pretty cool of them to do that with the serial #
    Quote Originally Posted by Planning View Post
    I really do like both of them. Nice builds.
    The biggest problem with the retro rifles is there are so many models of them.
    It can become an illness hunting for parts and never finding all that you need.

    Retro's are so much fun to build.
    The search for the parts is part of it.
    Several years ago I ordered a lower from Nodak.
    I sent them a money order to pay for it.
    I mentioned in a note that I was going to build one like I had in Vietnam in 1968.
    When I got the receiver the serial number is 1968.
    I still own it. Some day I will take it out and shoot it.

    Thanks for posting the pictures.
    Ron

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