The XM177E2 Commando Returns. This Retro Classic Carbine is built to the Original Colt Model 629 specifications from the 1960s. The 11.5″ Barrel has an extended flash hider designed to replicate the original moderator that was so iconic. For this model. We’ve cut no corners, reproducing the original Vinyl–Acetate coated Aluminum Buttstock and reproducing the US Property Marked rollmarks. This is a true collectible that’s as comfortable on the range as it will be in an enthusiast’s display.
During the Vietnam War, American soldiers encountered problems with their full-sized m14 and M16 rifles. Their size made it difficult to both carry and aim them in the jungles covering most of Vietnam. Because encounters with the enemy in this thick foliage often were short-range. In 1966, to alleviate this problem, the U.S. Army purchased and issued Colt 609 Commando’s (Army classification XM117E1) to front-line troops.
The XM177E2 is the designation for the second version of the CAR–15 Commando carbine purchased by the united state army during the Vietnam War It was basically a carbine version of the xm16e1 using the same basic receiver and parts with a shortened stock and barrel.
Features of XM177E2
The main components of the XM177E2 are the upper and lower receiver. Bolt carrier group barrel and barrel extension, trigger and hammer assemblies, handguard, sights, flash suppressor, and butt stock. Air-cooled, the 11.5 inch barrel is surrounded for the major portion of its length by a heat–resistant fiberglass material that acts as a handguard.