Building the M16A5 @ EverydayMarksman

Building the M16A5 @ EverydayMarksman

Photo Above: Courtesy of Everyday Marksman

Really wishing that MUHRINES still had the M16 series of rifles? Me too, padawan. Whatever they use, as long as they are happy with it then that’s ok, but something died in the hearts of riflemen everywhere when they announced that AUTCHH UND KAAY won their service rifle contract.

It simply wasn’t, and isn’t… American. It isn’t a RIFLE. It doesn’t scream HOO AHH. It has FAR less storage space for crayons to boot. We can cry over recorded history all day, but instead of throwing darts at your HK poster… how about you build your own?

Matt at EverydayMarksman has a good breakdown of what it takes to build your own “M16A5”… which in your red-blooded American hands will be the spiritual successor to the M16A4 that the Marines left behind.

ACOG M16A5 DMR (2)

Tread softly with your builds… because you tread on my dreams…

What I am trying to say above is don’t make it look like it has aids OK! Show some respec for the M16!!!1!

Link to A Builder’s Guide to the M16A5 Concept Rifle

Written by lothaen


  1. John Rubles · January 11, 2020

    I’ve been contemplating the exact build you’re talking about here. That last pic you have, with the foliage green furniture, has been sitting on my PC desktop as inspiration. To many AR’s to build, so little time…

    • lothaen · January 14, 2020

      Wow thanks im glad that rifle inspires! Build it. Its such a joy to shoot the 20 with the A5. Im contemplating a compensator and once i buy the one I have my eye on it should shoot like a 22lr.

  2. Travis · February 25, 2020

    Man, I really like your articles. Thanks for not selling out to Pew Pew. I like their stuff too, but sometimes their silliness goes too far. Keep yours the way it is. Also, I REALLY like the looks of the harness and belt accessories in photo at beginning of article. Do you have a build list? Thank You

    • lothaen · February 25, 2020

      Thanks for the thoughts. I just visited PewPew and read a review. Every. Single. Inch. They. Are. trying. To. Sell. You. Something.

      The rig is from everydaymarksman lemme call him up

    • Matt, The Everyday Marksman · February 25, 2020

      Hi Travis, lothaen let me know there was a question, so I’m happy to jump over and help out.

      The rig in the photo is my “heavy” harness. I set it up for more ammo and some sustainment supplies without the need of an extra pack.

      It’s built around a First Spear 6/12 patrolling harness

      Pouches, left to right:
      Tactical Tailor Magna pistol magazine pouch
      FirstSpear 6/9 M4 Double pouch (4 magazines)
      ATS SOF first aid pouch
      SOTech Canteen pouch
      Velocity Systems / Mayflower Jungle Buttpack
      HSGI hydration pouch
      Tactical Tailor modular holster
      FirstSpear 6/9 M4 Double pouch (4 magazines)
      MVT small utility pouch

      You can read more about this setup (and more of my rigs) in my article in load bearing harnesses

  3. Brandon · December 5, 2021

    What stock is on this rifle?

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