The Vietnam era collectors rifle…

HISTORY – The 10 inch barrel Colt XM177 (model 609) was essentially a fielded prototype – and the first Colt CAR-15 SMG version to see limited issue to SEALs, Special Forces and the CIA. Production ran only about one year (1966-67), with possibly less than 3,000 fielded before replacement in 1967 by the longer (and better known) 11.5 inch XM177E2.

DNA ensures each gun’s finish is handled with care down to the usage of the short 20rd magazines seen used on the real steel version. In addition, the new system, steel bolt, and full steel internals, the gun boasts superb recoil impulse and a cycling rate that is close to the real thing.

The stock is a 2 position collapsible aluminum buttstock. The hanguard is short and round, instead of the triangular one used on the M16, XM16E1, M16A1. The barrel is 10 inches, instead of the M16’s 20 inch barrel. You will see an elongated flash hider / muzzle device due to it’s shortened barrel which increased the real gun’s muzzle flash and noise significantly.

The usage of a 4.5 inch moderator was added to the end of the barrel, which functioned as a quasi-suppressor, bringing the volume down to a level around the standard 20″ barrel and reducing the muzzle flash. DNA did a very good job in replicating the XM177E1 mod 609, it’s a piece of art.

  • There are also a few special features:
  • Historically Correct 10″ Barrel
  • Original Style Slip Ring
  • Correct 6 Hole Car-15 Handguard
  • Shaved Bayonet Lug

Internally the gun has some compatibility with VFC M4s such as some parts of the trigger group and bolt carrier group. The short 20rds is also compatible with other VFC GBB HK416 and M4s.

Add some more realism to it and get one of these optics too:

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