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XM3 bipod for the M16

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The XM3 "clothes pin" bipod for the M16 rifle, seen here in its carrying case, circa 1970, was designed to provide a stable firing platform for the M16 thus enabling it to be used in the role of a light MG for close range fire support, in the manner of a BAR. The carrying case has a single slide-keeper for attaching it to the equipment belt. I believe the small zippered pouch was intended to carry the rifle's cleaning kit as first generation M16s lacked a butt compartment for this purpose. However, I gather from some of our members who previously served in the US military that the bipod was little used and was eventually dropped from the inventory. Nevertheless, it's an interesting accessory to add to to my VN collection.

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Hello Ian. I'm glad you posted this because it has resurfaced a question that I have had sine I first acqired mine more years ago than I can remember. First, I have never received a difinitive answer of what goes in the zippered pouch. Cleaning kit rod sections? O.K., how many sections and what are their lengths? The rod sections from my M16 cleaning kit are too long and will not fit. Then secondly, what is the long narrow pouch on the side for?

 

I also attach a pic of the nomenclature on my bipod and on the reverse of the case.

 

Thanks, Al

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Great post and full of great information. I found one a couple of years ago and now it sits with my m16 clone that I did up to look like my dad's from Vietnam. I even have some pics of him with his m16 and even with his bipod attached back in 1967.

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IIRC, the long thin pocket is for the rod sections and the zippered pouch for bore & chamber brushes, patches, RBC & LSA.

 

I still have 2 of the bipods. 1 I modified so it would fit the thicker M16A2/A4/M4 barrel profile

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Thank you all for the comments and additions.


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Linedoggie is correct. The side pouch with the pull over flap is for the two piece cleaning rod that did not last long and are hard to come by. The zippered pouch on the front were for the brushes and the patch packs.

 

Great information from all. Does anyone have a picture of the two piece cleaning rods and how long they are?

 

Thanks, Al


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Sorry, I misspoke, it is not a two but a three piece cleaning rod as opposed to the four piece of the newer cleaning kits. I put a newer shorter rod on the ruler for comparison. These three piece rods are shiny, almost look nickle plated.

 

Here are a few more pictures of the rest of the kit.

 

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Thanks for the excellent pictorial info Terry.


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Sorry, I misspoke, it is not a two but a three piece cleaning rod as opposed to the four piece of the newer cleaning kits. I put a newer shorter rod on the ruler for comparison. These three piece rods are shiny, almost look nickle plated.

 

Here are a few more pictures of the rest of the kit.

 

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Great pictures Terry. Will the section with the folding handle fit in the pouch to allow the snap closure to close? It looks to be too long, based on measuring mine folded over and snapped shut. The two other rods look fine.

 

Thanks, Al


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I never carried one with my M-16 as it was extra weight. So it stayed in my footlocker until I rotated out. I turned it in with my rifle.


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I was issued one from the Arms Room when I was both a RTO and an Automatic Rifleman in the spring of 1982 in the AK, carried it few times out in the field as I was required to, would got chewed out by all and sundry in the platoon higher ups if I left it behind in the barracks.

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Can't see it of course but case on the right rear of my belt, most of the time I just attached it to the side of my ruck. As I recall, the case had none of the stuff posted in the poskets, just the bipod, but having said that I carried no more then two times .

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