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XM3 Bipod Cases and M16 Cleaning Rods

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I have two early M16 bipod cases for the XM3 and both came with cleaning rods.

One case has a short pouch for the standart cleaning rod but the other one has longer pouch and it had a differnt cleaning rod in it.

See pictures.

 

Two segments of the long rod have the same lengs as three segments of the short rod.

The long rod also has a differnet threat and the standart cleaning brushes and cleaning tip do not fit.

 

Does some one know if the long rod is an early type for the M16?

 

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thank you.

 

But all your pictures show the carrier with the LONG pouch - I have two different types and I wonder if the LONG rod is an early type or maybe something commecial think.gif


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The long rod is a early cleaning rod issued with the M16 (USAF) and XM16E1 in the early 1960s before the modern type cleaning rod and kit were developed and issued for the M16A1 in 1967.

 

The page below is from TM 9-1005-249-14 OPERATION, MAINTENANCE, REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT PARTS, RIFLE, 5.56-MM, M16 AND RIFLE, 5.56-MM, XM16E1, 15 JUNE 1964 (CHANGED 15 NOVEMBER 1964).

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Its name is "Rod, cleaning, small arms, M11"

 

And as you can see in the manual, a different cleaning brush and rod tip was issued for this rod.

 

The short pouch on the bipod cover you have must of been made in the short period of time when the new cleaning rod was made for the M16A1 but before the new bipod case was developed (the one with the snap cover on top and zipper pouch).

 

I hope this answered your question.

 

P.S. If you ever want to sell those, contact me. I collect early M16 and XM16E1 items.

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I think I have 2 or 3 rods but only one with cleaning Tip. I have to check again. think.gif

If not complete I´m sure I have some segments of the early type.


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