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MadMike
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PostSubject: MGC M733 M16A2 Commando   MGC M733 M16A2 Commando Icon_minitimeFri Sep 11, 2020 1:14 pm

This is another model from my collection that I really like. It is a MGC M16A2 Commando, Colt Model 733 that became known to the public by the movie Black Hawk Down, but it played also a major role in the famous shootout from HEAT.

Black Hawk Down also made Tokyo Marui to create their M733 AEG Airsoft model which was well liked by their customers.

MGC had brought out their M4A1 Carbine in 2004, followed by a version with short barrel and different rear sight.

When the M733 came out the box read M16A2 series with a colorful M733 Commando sticker, so a lot of us hoped for various other M16A2 versions that never came. MGC managed to bring out a M4A1 with R.I.S and a last production run of the M4A1 (then again in a more silver greyish natural HW color) before they went out of business again.

MGC made a close copy of the M733 that was seen in Black Hawk Down, so they used a front sight with a bayonet lug which is cut-off on factory assembled Colt Commandos as the short barrel won’t allow the attachment of a bayonet. MGC also used the early style XM177 stock. For the modelgun the only difference are two small ribs on the side, but in reality the earlier XM177 stock was made from nylon coated aluminum whereas the later M4 stock is made of plastic. Early M733 did come with the metal stock so I am happy with MGC’s choice. The stock has 3 positions, something that was never made by Colt. For a long time the receiver extension hat just two positions, open and closed. With the M4 the 4 position receiver extension was introduced. US Army armorers often drilled a third hole into the tube to allow firing with a halfway extend stock, a requirement that came from the use of bulky body armor.

It has no property of US Govt. markings which is correct. The few M733 that went into service with the US military, mostly special forces, where so called "COTS" (commercial off-the-shelf) guns.

The lower receiver is mostly the M4A1 version with other markings. The upper is a modiefied A1 with A2 sights and a "tacked-on" case deflector.

I got mine in late summer of 2006 for 340 USD from Japan, and I remember that summer 2006 was the hardest time in my life so far, so I ended up many nights playing with my beloved M733 and listening to music my friends called “suicide music”, or watching Black Hawk Down a dozen times on DVD as I just couldn’t sleep.

Sometime the front sight broke, so I had to replace it with one that came in natural greyish HW color, but oiling and handling it over the years has darkened it quite well. I also attached a felt pad in the inside of the stock to reduce wobble. I normally use an older MGC magazine from their earlier ABS series as it looks a little more realistic.

This one fires quite good out of the box, but I experienced wear on the hammer, as well on the carts. I had at least 10 carts blow-off their threads over the years …

Although I don’t fire it often, this is always in arms reach and I like to handle it regularly.
If you are a fan of the M16, this is a nice model to get. I like the combination of the A2 style rear sights, fixed carry handle and short barrel. It does not come uo for sale that often nowadays and a good, like new and complete model will cost around 500 USD.

I hope you will enjoy this short review which is meant as a tribute to MGC, as well as this forum.

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Stock that came with the M733 on the left, M4A1 MGC stock on the right

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M4A1 stock on top, M733 (XM177) stock below

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3 position receiver extension

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M4A1/M733 magazine (blued, with alloy follower) on the left, earlier M16 (ABS series) with plastic follower on the right

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additional manual sheet showing the M733 specific parts

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big notice that came with the model. I would love to know what it means ...

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slight wear on the hammer

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tools for holding and placing the hammer, wrench for receiver extension lock ring and barrel nut, set of allen key, plastic tube loading tool, two Q-tips

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PostSubject: Re: MGC M733 M16A2 Commando   MGC M733 M16A2 Commando Icon_minitimeSun Sep 13, 2020 5:50 pm

Great review.

Thank you cheers

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PostSubject: Re: MGC M733 M16A2 Commando   MGC M733 M16A2 Commando Icon_minitimeMon Sep 14, 2020 12:13 pm

great review, superb photos! Thanks very much 'Mike  Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: MGC M733 M16A2 Commando   MGC M733 M16A2 Commando Icon_minitimeTue Sep 15, 2020 1:23 pm

Excellent review, thank you
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PostSubject: Re: MGC M733 M16A2 Commando   MGC M733 M16A2 Commando Icon_minitimeFri Sep 18, 2020 2:25 pm

This is the felt pad I placed inside the stock to cure the wobble ... works quite okay.

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PostSubject: Re: MGC M733 M16A2 Commando   MGC M733 M16A2 Commando Icon_minitimeFri Nov 20, 2020 2:46 pm

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PostSubject: Re: MGC M733 M16A2 Commando   MGC M733 M16A2 Commando Icon_minitimeWed Dec 30, 2020 10:40 am

...hopefully can clear your doubt Wink

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PostSubject: Re: MGC M733 M16A2 Commando   MGC M733 M16A2 Commando Icon_minitimeWed Dec 30, 2020 12:29 pm

jim wrote:
...hopefully can clear your doubt  Wink

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Thanks jim, this is good advice for every modelgun. Dry firing without a cartridge can and will damage hammers, firing pins, bolt faces etc etc. I tend to load cartridges with a dead, used cap if I need to dry fire a modelgun .

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PostSubject: Re: MGC M733 M16A2 Commando   MGC M733 M16A2 Commando Icon_minitimeWed Dec 30, 2020 1:51 pm

Thank you very much!

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PostSubject: Re: MGC M733 M16A2 Commando   MGC M733 M16A2 Commando Icon_minitimeFri Jan 14, 2022 1:54 pm

It was a very busy and stressful week so I took an hour off to play with my beloved M733. Currently I am using a 20 rd magazine from the earlier ABS M16 series, which looks even more realistic. I was very happy and lucky to get it from a friend in Japan as they are very rare these days. With the short magazine the 11.5 inch barreld carbine is so handy, on par to a submachine gun.

Modelguns are fine for killing time during the pandemic.

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Please take care and stay safe. I am sure the Covid-19 craze has not yet blown over.

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PostSubject: Re: MGC M733 M16A2 Commando   MGC M733 M16A2 Commando Icon_minitimeFri Jul 28, 2023 8:41 am

I had realized the "ribs" as only difference on the two stock versions MGC made. It took me years to realize that the version that is meant to be the first stock version that was made from aluminum on real Colt carbines (anodized on the XM177E1, shiny nylon coated on the XM177E2 and later carbine models) also is lacking the lip on the bottom. MGC tried to remodel the early real stock as good as possible, but making it out of plastic rather than aluminum. The shiny plastic resembles the nylon coating quite well. I like it.

Here are the differences on the MGC versions:

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Four real Colt carbine stocks. Aluminum (anodized) left, two versions of the nylon coated aluminum stock middle, polymer (plastic) stock for late M16A2 carbins and early M4 carbines right:

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