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Changing M16 to SBR, functioning question.

Discussion in 'NFA Weapon Discussion' started by g.i. joe, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. g.i. joe

    g.i. joe Portland Active Member

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    A friend who is a new LEO was discussing with me the options of installing an SBR upper (specifically a 10.5" from DSA) to his issued M16 lower and BCG. Is there any issue with gas tube length, timing, or anything else that would stand in the way of a successful drop in install?
     
  2. captqc

    captqc Tigard Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Yup, skydiver's research is correct. A heavy buffer will usually make the 10.5" run fine... BUT... this can depend on ammo choices, use of a suppressor and a few other mysteries of life thrown in to the mix. My 10.5" SBR runs like a top with just going with the heavy buffer but I have only run Federal 5.56mm ammo, I have not used reloads, and I do not yet have a suppressor. A friend of mine does use a suppressor and his 10.5" runs 100% with just a heavy buffer. Your friends results may vary and if so then it's just a matter of trying different combos of springs and buffers and I have seen where some guys go with a pneumatic buffer which are adjustable.
     
  3. g.i. joe

    g.i. joe Portland Active Member

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    Thats great, the buffer/spring is a pretty simple and inexpensive component to mess with. Thanks for the great info guys. Ill pass this on to him so he can start experimenting.