You would probably come out a lot cheaper by buying one those pretty
realistic looking airsoft M16's. You might have to modify the flash
hider if you want the Vietnam era M16. The LS models are quite
expensive on ebay if you can find
Just saw them a week ago in the local hobbytown store. They had a
pretty good assortment from really old pistols to really modern
offerings. A flintlock was 32$, and I didnt look any further. Sorry,
didnt notice a maker.
Pyro was the US company that made the guns that are apparently coming
around again. I had the two cap & ball Colts, the Blunderbuss and the
Dutch flintlock pistol. I still have the Kent...er, Pennsylvania Rifle.
They are relatively simple kits compared to L-S's models. IIRC, their
origin goes back to the '50s.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
Might even go back further. I found in a couple of old issues of "Air
Trails" magazines about a company called Constructo, which in May of
1954 had a line of 23 different 1:1 firearm models. All of the Pyro
models except for the Blunderbus, the wheellock pistols and Baverian
wheellock rifle are included in the lineup as well as a Luger, a Colt
automatic and a number of flintlocks that are different from the Pyro
designs. The biggest difference is that these models aren't plastic,
they're made from wood and metal pieces. The wood pieces were shaped
and appear to be fairly well detailes as well.
Has anyone else heard of this company? The ad was from Polk's in New
York City, so I don't know where this company was from.
Actually, now I do. I just Googled the company and they're still in
business. They produce a line of wooden sailing ship models and
woodworking tools. No firearms in their catalog, however.
I have the M-16. The name of the company is L&S CO., LTD. I also
have the thompson machine gun and most of the hand guns. I'm getting
ready to sell off 600 of my models and the LS and Pyro are part of
that group. I'm not into ebay but I also know the LS are rare and
expensive. I sell my kits in order to purchase newer ones.
If you are interested in this one let me know. I will have to
research a little to come up with a price. I expect good money for
the kit but I lost my mind on ebay is not my style.
There are some 1/1 scale replicas out there. The National Firearms
Museum in the NRA Headquarters in Virginia has a gift shop that sells
1/1 scale models and IIRC they had an M16 replica for about $85. You
may want to see if you can Google the museum and its shop for
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