Tickets sales have closed and the drawing was completed on April 10, 2018. Congratulations to Jason L. from Nashua who purchased his winning ticket at the Manchester Gun Show in January! I met Jason at Granite State Gun Range today to complete the transfer and he was very excited to win the rifle and could not wait to get it to the range. Congrats Jason and thanks to everyone who purchased tickets. 100% of the proceeds go back into the local community to help Marines, Veterans and their families.
The M16 A2 Service Rifle History
The development of the M16A2 rifle was originally requested by the United States Marine Corps as a result of the USMC's combat experience in Vietnam with the XM16E1 and M16A1. It was officially adopted by US Department of Defense as the "US Rifle, 5.56mm, M16A2" in 1982. The Marines were the first branch of the U.S. Armed Forces to adopt the M16A2 in the early/mid-1980s, with the United States Army following suit in the late 1980s. Modifications to the M16A2 were extensive. In addition to the new rifling, the barrel was made with a greater thickness in front of the front sight post, to resist bending in the field and to allow a longer period of sustained fire without overheating. The rest of the barrel was maintained at the original thickness to enable the M203 grenade launcher to be attached. A new adjustable rear sight was added, allowing the rear sight to be dialed in for specific range settings between 300 and 800 meters to take full advantage of the ballistic characteristics of the new SS109 rounds and to allow windage adjustments without the need of a tool or cartridge.
The weapon's reliability allowed it to be widely used around the United States Marine Corps special operations divisions as well. The flash suppressor was again modified, this time to be closed on the bottom so it would not kick up dirt or snow when being fired from the prone position, and acting as a recoil compensator. The front grip was modified from the original triangular shape to a round one, which better fit smaller hands and could be fitted to older models of the M16. The new handguards were also symmetrical so that armories need not separate left and right spares. The handguard retention ring was tapered to make it easier to install and uninstall the handguards. A notch for the middle finger was added to the pistol grip, as well as more texture to enhance the grip. The buttstock was lengthened by 5⁄8 in (15.9 mm). The new buttstock became ten times stronger than the original due to advances in polymer technology since the early 1960s. Original M16 stocks were made from fiberglass-impregnated resin; the newer stocks were engineered from DuPont Zytel glass-filled thermoset polymers. The new stock included a fully textured polymer buttplate for better grip on the shoulder, and retained a panel for accessing a small compartment inside the stock, often used for storing a basic cleaning kit. The A2 uses a faster twist rifling to allow the use of a trajectory-matched tracer round. It has a 1:7 twist rate. A spent case deflector was incorporated into the upper receiver immediately behind the ejection port to prevent cases from striking left-handed users.
The action was also modified, replacing the fully automatic setting with a three-round burst setting. When using a fully automatic weapon, inexperienced troops often hold down the trigger and "spray" when under fire. The U.S. Army concluded that three-shot groups provide an optimum combination of ammunition conservation, accuracy, and firepower. The USMC has retired the M16A2 in favour of the newer M16A4, although a few M16A2s are still in use by the United States Marine Corps today. Many M16A2s remain in service with the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard.
The AR-15 Model 4 from Stag Arms - The Raffle
The Stag Arms Model 4 is the high quality, durable, military proven A2 rifle you’ve been looking for. Made to mil-spec standards with a removable A3 carry handle, A2 buttstock with trap door for storage and an 11.5” thermoplastic handguard with double heat shields.
The Model 4 features a 5.56x45mm NATO chamber 20” 1/9 barrel, A2 birdcage flash hider, mil-spec charging handle and a mil-spec manganese phosphate coated M16 BCG.
Every complete rifle from Stag Arms comes with a Transferable Lifetime Warranty, an Infinite Shot Barrel Guarantee, a magazine and a rifle case.
- Weight: 8.5 pounds
- Length: 39.75"
- Action: Semi-auto direct impingement
- Chamber: 5.56 NATO. This rifle will also shoot .223
- Twist Rate: 1/9 button rifled
- Muzzle Device: A2 flash hider (Stag Arms Compensator on post ban models)
- Barrel: 20", 4140 steel, chrome-moly, heavy profile, manganese phosphate coated
- Handguard: Thermoplastic with double heat shields
- Upper Receiver: Forged and mil-spec 7075 T6 aluminum with type 3 hard coat anodizing and a picatinny rail on top
- Bolt Carrier: Enhanced semi-auto with a manganese phosphate coating Trigger: Mil-spec single stage trigger with a non-adjustable 5-8 pound trigger pull
- Charging Handle: Standard mil-spec Front Sight:F-marked A2 front sight, side sling swivel, and bayonet lug (no bayonet lug on post ban models)
- Rear Sight: Removable A3 carry handle with integrated sight
- Lower Receiver Material: 7075 T6 aluminum with a type 3 hard coat anodizing
- Hammer/Trigger pin size: Mil-spec small pin .154"
- Pivot/Takedown Pin Size: Mil-spec small pin - .250"
- Buttstock: A2 buttstock with trap door for storage
- Buffer: A2 buffer with A2 action spring
- Magazine: 10rd
- Safety Selector: Right Hand