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PostSubject: Re: Hobby Fix M4A1   Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:27 am

Looks like this model even has a full metal stock. The stock on the first carbines was vinyl coated aluminum, as far as I know.

You can see the model is very realistic. Only the "HF SMG" markings do not fit the original. But that would not bother me at all. I am quite sure that the "Commando" marking is wrong. The early XM177E1 (M609) (10 inch barrel, standard A1 handguard retaining ring) was marked Commando, but the later XM177E2 (M629) was marked "XM177E2". I got those information from a forum dealing with real retro AR-15 rifles and carbines.
Anyway the markings do not bother me as troops in the field swapped lower and upper receivers from time to time.
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PostSubject: Re: Hobby Fix M4A1   Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:24 pm

So when are you getting one Markus??? santa I would really love one of those M4s or the XM177E2, even if they dont fire pfc, as they are just so sweet, shame that they are so expensive and I cannot afford that. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Hobby Fix M4A1   Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:05 pm

Well, Spence, it is still on top of my wish list. Anyway they are very rare, even in Japan. I tried to get more information directly from HobbyFix. I got kind replys to my first 2 mails, although they were in English. I know there were two production runs of the M4A1, but mumbers are very limited. I know that the HF guns take real magazines too. But I could not get any pictures or detailed information. Sadly e-mail traffic petered out and I got no further replies. I could not find out if a re-production is planned, but I do not think so. It is sad.
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PostSubject: Re: Hobby Fix M4A1   Sat Dec 27, 2008 8:36 am

Of course they have individual serial numbers on the receiver and the box.

Nice to see that it starts with "W", like the real military U.S. Govt. Issue Colt M4A1 ...

See the pictures:





If memory serves me this particular model was for sale on the UNCLE website in Japan and sold quick for a high price ...


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PostSubject: Re: Hobby Fix M4A1   Sat Dec 27, 2008 8:47 am

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I know, not very spectacular, but the fact alone that it is a HF M4A1 made me post it. These clips are a few years old. I got them from Mark who found them on the internet. Anyway I think they should be here.
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PostSubject: Re: Hobby Fix M4A1   Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:49 pm

Could someone explain to me (MadMike) why all M16 variants have 'Property Of U.S. Govt.' stamped on the side? Surely other armed forces must have at some point used the M16, and what if they did without permission anyway, guerillas for example, they are not exactly going to say 'oi, you cant use that, it isnt yours, give it back'. That is something that has often baffled me, along with the one that Beretta put on the side of the 92FS and H&K put on the trigger guard of the USP, 'Read Manual Before Use'. The only time anyone ever reads a manual is when something goes wrong, or you cant figure out how to make it work by yourself. I would also like to know what markings apart from the safe semi and auto ones the M4 should have on the right hand side of the reciever? I have often wondered about engravings/trademarks on guns, and personally I like them. I found nothing more distracting when I got a G36 as a wall hanger, and it had Electric Air Gun stamped on the side. I had to buy another body without that on just because it bugged me so much, and yet still it is not right as I know that that should have a stamping on the right also (although I am not sure what it is). I can live with the slight differences however, and think that Hudson did a grand job on the Tommy gun (even if it doesnt work) by changing the logo the way that they did. That was good. I dont like MGCs attempt because it has Model Gun Corporation all down the side. Anyway, I am detracting slightly onto the subject of trademarks in general, and not of the M4, which is what I was curious about. Also, shouldnt it have a marking on the front sight blade stating the twist of the barrel rifleing or something as well?
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PostSubject: Re: Hobby Fix M4A1   Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:49 pm

Well, only the ones ordered by the U.S. Govt. have that stamp. If foreign governments order their weapons directly, they do not have this stamp. I can remember Bushmaster M4A1 carbines Georgia ordered for their special forces. These had civilian XM15-E2S Bushmaster markings although these were 14,5 inch selective fire M4A1 style carbines. A lot of those Bushmasters ended up in Russian armouries together with Israeli Negev Machineguns or were burnt and destroyed in the last August war. A real shame and waste of good guns ...





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PostSubject: Re: Hobby Fix M4A1   Fri May 25, 2018 7:19 am

I want to add some pics to this very old thread about Hobby Fix an their M16 series.

Well, it is almost ten years now, and a lot of time has passed and a lot of things have changed, but some are still the same.


I recently remembered the HF XM177E2 and I realized how much I like it, but these are very rare. They show up from time to time but are sold for a high price.

Here are some pictures collected on the internet:









Judging from the pics I have seen the model does not have individual serial # like the later M4A1 and M16A4 models, which is sad.

The stock seems to be full metal like the real one that was used on the early M16 carbine variants.

I heard the model was made in 1993 in limited numbers below 100 pieces.

It can use real magazines, so it can be seen with the HF supplied 30 rd as well as 20 rd magazine.

Finsih seems to be grey, a little lighter than the dark grey HF used on their later M4A1 and M16A4.

I noticed HF also placed the Colt proof stamps on the upper receiver, right behind the barrel nut/delta ring. I love this great detail.


























I hope you enjoy the pics.
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