This is an interesting model I found on the internet lately. It is a MGC M4A1 carbine with a fixed A1 buttstock. I thought a collector has done a conversion using parts from the MGC ABS M16 series, but I noticed the MGC style sticker on the box that says something in Japanese, "C-Type" as I was told.
The parts are from an early HW M4A1 (see the front receiver lugs in "A1 style").
Maybe it was done by MGC in very limited numbers, maybe it was some kind of preproduction sample, or it is just something an enthusiast made.
Back in the days a few had hoped MGC would come up with a M16A2 or A4 style rifle, even hoping for a 3 round burst feature, but they never did ...
Some Airsoft models prefer this set-up as the stock can host a larger battery. No need for it with a modelgun tough.
But there are almost no short barreled real carbines with fullsize buttsocks today. In the very early days the very short barreled XM177E1 (10.0 inch barrel) and E2 (11.5 inch barrel) had problems with the recoil system on full automatic, so it was not uncommen to see field modifications with A1 butt stocks with the longer recoil system. But the current 14.5 inch barrel models run fine with a shorter carbine buffer and recoil spring.
I thought I would share the pics here.
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smootik Modelgun Perfectionist
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I can present some pictures now, even comparing it to the standard (later black version) M4A1 Carbine. Both are 2,8 kg and came with the same box (although the C-Type version had a part of the styrofoam inlay cut away to accommodate the larger stock) and accessories.
The buttstock plate is metal, and I like how its color matches the receiver.
I am quite sure that there is no original Colt M4 with this modification, but I am aware that quite some shooters prefer the A1 stock on their short barrel carabines as it is more stable and better balanced than the sliding carbine buttstock, whereas the current A2/A4 butt stock is slightly longer.
Note that the 20 rd magazine is an older one that was available with MGC ABS CP M16 modles in the late 1980s. It is working with the later HW models as well and looks great with this set-up.
I would love to learn more about this "C-type" model, I have only seen it once in early 2021, but never before. The way the sticker on the box is looking, compared to the stickers on the M733 and R.I.S. versions, I would say it is a modification done by MGC themself, or at least a wholesaler, but not an individual collector.
If you are a big fan of the M4A1 and don't own a model yet, I suggest that you get the MGC model if there is any opportunity. They are long out of production now and hard to come by in good condition, even in Japan these days, so they will keep their value.
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MadMike Modelgun Perfectionist
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I was handling my MGC M4A1 carbine lately with a friend. We are both still impressed by the look and feel of the HW model. It sure has some minor downs, but it was a great model for the price MGC was asking then in the 2005 - 2006. You could get one for approx 350 USD, spares, magazines, carts and caps were available too. Man, I really miss these times. Even in Japan a MGC M4A1 is rare these days as most collectors treasure what they have.
We all had issues with the MGC models, especially the Heavy Weight models. Some pistols needed replacement barrels often and sometimes ecven frames broke. But MGC had a great range of models available for a still decent price.
Sadly even my Japanese friend does not know about the "C-Type" model. It seems unknown and was not discussed among collectors.