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Talking about the M16A5 with Lothaen of TNR

I don’t know if you know this, but the M16A5 is one of my favorite rifle configurations. Though it was never an official designation for any American rifle, it exists as a concept in the shooting world that is ripe for the picking.

Now, I’ve already written a much longer article about this very topic: A Builder’s Guide to the M16A5 Concept Rifle. You’ll find all of the related links and other stuff as part of that article. 

The short version is that the M16A5 combines a free-floated 20″ barrel and a collapsible stock. The Canadians have something very similar known as the C7A2. You can read all about that in the linked article.

This episode is a little different, however. You see, my friend Brian (otherwise known as Lothaen) runs another blog over at The New Rifleman. He also happens to be all about the M16A5 configuration, so we decided to talk about our experiences and record that conversation for your enjoyment.

During this episode, you’ll hear us describe our respective rifles, how we use them, lessons we’ve learned, and a few other tidbits here and there. 

There are no key takeaways, detailed notes, or anything like that for this son. It’s a totally different format, and I’m quite curious to know what you think about it. So let us know down in the comments whether you enjoy this kind of informal conversation about a specific topic. 

A Bit About The New Rifleman

Brian and I both started our respective blogs at about the same time back in 2014. While my early efforts focused a lot more on my own journey to learn new stuff and gain proficiency as a marksman and develop a solid understanding of gun culture, Brian went right for learning to master the art of the rifle.

As both of our sites have “grown up,” we’ve continued to bounce ideas off of one another. You should expect to see some more collaborations between the two of us in the future!

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Matt is the primary author and owner of The Everyday Marksman. He's a former military officer turned professional tech sector trainer. He's a lifelong learner, passionate outdoorsman, and steadfast supporter of firearms culture.

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