First time Big 3 East attendee, Troy Industries, revealed their upcoming Commemorative Battle of Mogadishu M16A2 carbine (model: SFOD-D M16A2 Carbine). Following their popular My Service Rifle series, the new replica carbine was developed with detailed research, and a portion of the sales will be donated to military and veterans charities.
This new Troy Ind. replica caught my attention because I was there as part of the Marine reinforcement a few days afterward. While it’s not my service weapon, the M16A2 carbine used by Delta was a transitional model that led to the development of the M4 carbine. Based on the Colt Model 723, the carbine was one of the first small arms used by the US military with a reflex optic and flashlight.
Steven Troy is the founder of the company, and is pictured here with his commemorative Battle of Mogadishu M16A2 Carbine. He told me that he was also there but with the US Air Forces ground combat element. The featured weapon in this write up is his own personal replica.
Here you see the Redi-Mag magazine coupler. It bolts on to the exterior of the M16 receiver’s magazine well with its release mechanism connected to the stock mag release button. With a finger push of the mag release button on the weapon, it releases the loaded magazine in the coupler and simultaneously it drops the empty magazine from the weapon.
The Redi-Mag is NOT included in the Troy package. However, the buyer can pick up the original Mk I model from Amazon or Brownells. It’s also available in the improved QD Mk II variant for $10 more, and the CNC billet model for nearly twice the price.
The historically correct front sight sling attachment on the Troy Industries’ Commemorative Battle of Mogadishu M16A2 Carbine. Just like the original, it’s hand made from a metal wire bent into shape then covers it up with 550 cord. I think this is a more elegant solution comparing to how the IDF attaches their slings on their front sights. The 2-point sling is included with the Troy commemorative carbine.
Here you see the original 6-hole Colt carbine handguard with single heat shield. Troy told me that it’s hard to find the correct original furniture and I believe that is probably the main reason why they have not released a commemorative M16A1 model yet. Even Colt had told me that they are having difficulty finding authentic furniture for the retro M16A1 Reissue.
The Cot CAR fiberlite stock found on the Troy Ind. commemorative M16A2 carbine is the polymer update variant of the old aluminum Colt CAR stock. It was replaced by the now common Colt M4 stock in the later models.
The large forward assist found on the transitional Colt carbines and some of the later Colt produced full-length M16A2 rifles. I didn’t noticed it until Steven Troy pointed this out to me.
The Aimpoint 5000 red-dot sight used by US forces in Somalia. In the regular units, such as the 13th MEU that I was with, no optic was allowed on service weapons. The Aimpoint 5000 is an early hunting model that made for European-style of fast prey hunting. I guess it worked equally as well for fast running 2-legged animals that were high on Khat.
Just like the Redi-Mag, the Aimpoint 5000 is NOT included with the package. However, unlike the Redi-Mag, this Aimpoint model had long been out of production and could be hard to find. What’s included is the carrying handle optic rail. Noticed that it has a build-in square-shaped tunnel to allow the use of the iron sight.
Shooting the Troy Ind. commemorative M16A2 carbine at the range during the Fall 2017 Big 3 East Media Event.
Troy Industries SFOD-D M16A2 Carbine Specification:
|Barrel:||14.9″ steel Chrome-lined|
|Barrel Length:||16″ OAL w/ pinned Flash hinder|
|M4 feed ram|
|Rails:||Scope mount & 2.5″ flashlight rail|