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First AR-15 Adopted

The Brownells Model BRN-601™ Rifle recreates the classic design of the original AR-15 issued to the United States Military in the early 1960s.

The Model 601 was the very first AR-15 adopted by the US Military, seeing service with the United States Air Force & other units in Southeast Asia early in the 1960s. Featuring classic green furniture and slick side receivers, the 601 is one of the sleekest models ever developed, and represents almost a true iteration of Eugene Stoner’s original design philosophy.

Waffle Mag Pattent and Photograph of Members of the Long Range Reconnaissance Team

Model: BRN-601™ Overview

The new Brownells BRN-601™ is built from completely new production components, no surplus parts. The rifle also features the original triangle style charging handle, 3 prong duckbill flash hider and slick side chrome bolt carrier group.

  • Model 601 Style Lower Receiver with slab side
  • Slickside Upper Receiver
  • Matte gray anodizing (not painted)
  • 20" 5.56x45mm NATO Barrel with 1-12 twist & chrome bore
  • Chrome, Bolt Carrier Group with no forward assist serrations
  • Duckbill 3 Prong Flash Hider
  • Green buttstock, pistol grip & handguard assembly
  • Includes:
    • One (1) 20rd Waffle Magazine
    • One (1) GI Operations Manual
    • One (1) Chamber Flag

Own the classic Model 601 today with the BRN-601™ rifle from Brownells.

Rifle Details:

Action Type:

Direct Impingement

Barrel Length:

20"

Twist Rate:

1:12

Cartridge:

5.56 mm NATO

Finish:

Anodized Matte Gray

Front Sight:

Fixed

Length:

40"

Magazine Included:

20rd Waffle Magazine

Muzzle:

Duckbill Flash Hider

Rear Sight:

Adjustable

Stock Material:

Polymer

Weight:

6lbs 11oz

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Model: BRN-601™ Details

Lower Receiver: Original Model 601 profile (no magazine fence, slab side), 601 style non-captive pivot pin, matte gray anodizing, Nodak Spud 7075-T6 aluminum forging, machined by Aero Precision

Upper Receiver: Original style profile without forward assist or shell deflector, matte gray anodizing, Nodak Spud 7075-T6 aluminum forging, machined by Brownells

Note: The lower features a faux buffer tube retaining roll pin

Barrel: 20" M16 Lightweight Profile, Chrome Lined Bore & Chamber, 1-12 twist, button rifled, 4150 chrome moly steel, stress relieved, 5.56x45mm NATO chamber, 1/2-28 muzzle threads, magnetic particle inspected, test fired with 10 rounds of LC ammunition, with standard height front sight base installed

Handguard: Brownells 601 Green Triangle with aluminum heatshields

Bolt Carrier Group: M16 Slickside Chrome Assembly, 9310 tool steel bolt, magnetic particle inspected & test fired with 10 rounds of LC ammunition, 8620 steel carrier, gas key screws properly torqued & staked

Charging Handle: Includes model correct original style triangle charging handle

Flash Hider: Original Style "Duckbill" 3 Prong Flash Hider installed with proper split washer

Sights: M16A1 Rear Sight Assembly & A1 Front Sight Post

Pistol Grip: Brownells 601 Green

Buttstock: Brownells 601 Green Type "D" with sling swivel

Magazine: Brownells 1x 20 Round Steel "Waffle" Magazine

Manual: Safety Manual + “The M16A1 Rifle: Operation & Preventative Maintenance” Army Manual - The U.S. Army teamed up with cartoonist and graphic artist Will Eisner to produce teaching tools for U.S. soldiers in a medium that they could easily understand. The M16A1 Rifle: Operation and Preventive Maintenance, first printed in 1969, features a female narrator who instructs GIs on the proper care of their M16A1 rifles.

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