My IDF Clones

Basic IDF Short M16

For my basic IDF Carbine build, I started with a Nodak Spud retro M16A1 lower. Lower parts were cobbled together from parts I had accumulated over time.

The upper receiver is a surplus M16A1 upper with forward assist, but no brass deflector. Ejection port cover is the correct older style and came with the upper.

Barrel is a new Daniel Defense lightweight 14.5″ barrel. This is a hammer-forged, chrome-lined barrel with M4 feed ramps. I like these barrels for this purpose because they have a 1/7 twist (more useful for me) are very high-quality, and have no markings that are visible when the rifle is assembled. (Many IDF carbines were cut-down rifles, so markings were cut off.) The flash-hider is a standard A1 flash hider. I think the extended flash hiders look odd, so behind the flash-hider is a lock washer and a spacer that is cut to the diameter of the barrel and brings the barrel to a legal 16″ with the flash hider pinned and welded.

Front sight tower is a surplus A1 front sight tower. Notice that the sling swivel has been removed. Sights are Meprolight M16 night sights.

Handguards are standard IDF HG-S round handguards, and I will probably add a handguard band. Slip ring is a correct surplus flat slip ring, not a delta ring. Pistol grip is an AG-43 grip, a commonly issued replacement for the A1-style grips. Buttstock is a polymer CAR-style, but I will probably pick up an aluminum one eventually.

Sling is a green SL-1 attached with 550 cord, and an E-Lander steel magazine is carried in an old-style magazine carrier. The magazine is turned down for faster loading, instead of up for more streamlined carry. It is tethered to the rifle with 550 cord and a velcro band and a second magazine is in a paddle magazine carrier.

The optic is the Israeli-issue carry-handle-mounted Meprolight M21 sight with 4.3 MOA dot reticle.

S’13 (IDF Navy Seal) AK rifle

AK rifle in IDF Navy Seal Configuration

AK-74 type rifle. I replaced the handguards with the VFR-AK rail system. This is the newest version rail system designed to bring optics back over the receiver and provides room and correct eye relief for night vision systems. Pistol Grip is the AG-47s which is standard for these rifles. Buttstock is the UAS buttstock with the steel Galil joint. This replaced the now-discontinued Galil-style stock and has a cheekpiece that improves cheek weld when using optics. The BSR-1 mount under the barrel is one of several styles used. The optic is the Meprolight MOR M&P which is used by IDF special forces. It is both passively and battery powered, and has both visible and IR lasers.

Next step will be to do a correct camo finish.

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1 thought on “My IDF Clones

  1. “I think the extended flash hiders look odd, so behind the flash-hider is a lock washer and a spacer that is cut to the diameter of the barrel and brings the barrel to a legal 16″ with the flash hider pinned and welded.”

    This is great idea. I had the same thoughts before the extended A2 extended flash hider came along.

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