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#1 aalbert

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 05:33 PM

Never had my guns upgraded... Anybody know the specifics, as well as the current options for getting it upgraded?


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#2 Fussbudget

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 10:18 PM

Give them a call and see is what I would do.

I do know if the prefix letters are RA you should have the upgrade.


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#3 aalbert

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 11:32 PM

Give them a call and see is what I would do.

I do know if the prefix letters are RA you should have the upgrade.

 

From a link at http://m14forum.com/...ot-fire-if.html

 

I see that they say opposite -- that the RA serials are good to go.

 

I will have to call them, as all of ours are in the HP range... My concern is that their site has basically dropped all connections to the M96, and I have heard others say that they don't really want to talk M96 .... buy maybe for liability reasons, this would be different.

 

 

Now from a post on the Biggerhammer board 5/8/2003 by Alex Robinson

 

http://www.biggerham...age=3;read=5058

 

 

Most of the information in this threads are correct. But let me give just a little more light on the subject. Here are the parts which have been changed with explanation.

 

Carrier tail. This is something we don't charge for but I strongly suggest. The manual states that you should not fire the rifle unless the barrel is properly installed. This prevents it from firing if the barrel is not installed properly.

 

Barrels. All our barrels (Expeditionary, Recon, and Bren) are now chrome lined. AR15s and AR180s must have the chrome lining to function properly. The M96 does not need the chrome lining to function properly. However, I got so many people pushing me for the chrome that I had to do it. It does look nice.

 

Operating Rod Problem. The operating rod was originally pinned together and made from chrome moly steel and then chrome plated. I never liked the pinning but my engineers did. I let them talk me into it when I knew I shouldn't. The result was that the operating rod can come apart. There's not damage to the rifle but it is infuriating. Furthermore, we found that in wet climates (we live in the desert), the operating rod spring would rust and break and rust would get under the chrome lining. The funny thing was that the gun still worked even with the spring broken in two or more pieces. Also, there was a roll pin which engaged the charging handle. The roll pin would deform and eventually break if one pulled back the charging handle and released it without the bolt carrier attached to the operating rod.

 

Operating Rod Solution. The solution was to make an all stainless steel operating rod which would be corrosion resistant and still be strong. the new operating rod has a solid key to engage the charging handle and a roll pin. The roll pin's function is to get chewed up in place of the solid key. The pin can easily be replaced if one damages it as described above, but the pin is not needed. Furthermore, the operating rod is screwed together and will not come apart. All in all I strongly recommend and upgraded operating rod for those with the older rifles. If one buys a new rifle or recon kit, he will get an upgraded rod with that kit but it won't work with his old barrels. The oprod upgrade is made to be used with the old barrels.

 

Gas Adjustment Knob. The old knobs were cool but they could be moved accidentally. We changed the knobs and the gas block on all the new barrels and models.

 

Gas Tube. The gas tube is much more simple and works better. It works with the new gas block which uses the new

 

Gas Adjustment Knob which is found on all new M96s.

 

Trigger. The original triggers were extremely hard and made from stainless steel. They would last forever unless one dry fired the rifle, moved the selector to safe, and then pounded on the charging handle. The pounding would force the bolt carrier into the hammer which would then hit the trigger which was held in place by the safety. The result was a broken trigger. With the M96, one must always move the selector to fire to charge the weapon if the hammer has been released. Some people cannot get this through their head so we started making the triggers from a softer but more flexible material which won't break no matter how hard one pounds on it. However, we still do not recommend pounding on the charging handle. Don't be a dummy - make sure you're on fire before pulling back the charging handle. 
 

The new triggers are better in one way, they have a better feel and a stronger disconnect. So if you have a few extra bucks, I would recommend this also. The new triggers have a better feel and are more consistent from one to another.

 

Take down pins. We simply couldn't make the HK pins profitably and they had a hole down the center which I didn't like. The new pins are solid and work so much better. They are not cheaper to build; that's why they cost so much.

All in all the original M96s were a great rifle. Perhaps the best part is that any M96 can be upgraded to the current specifications without much trouble.

 

We also started offering the M96 furniture in "Freedom Tan". The color looks much better than the pictures on our website.

 

Unfortunately, I cannot take this much time to answer questions like these. However, if you email me directly (zdf@robarm.com), I will try to take the time to answer all your questions as fully as possible.

I cannot give out any details of future developments but I can advise you on fixes, problems, etc.

Over the past few years we have paid a lot of attention to your comments and have trained an excellent staff. If you have any problems with your M96, we'll fix it. If you caused the problem, we'll charge you. If it was something we did, we'll fix or replace the firearm. We want you to be completely happy. If my staff is not taking care of you, email me.

We greatly appreciate your business. We are going to be the dominant firearms manufacturer in the next few years. You will see the AR15/M16 die as a military firearm.

 

Sincerely,

Alex J. Robinson


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Posted 04 October 2015 - 08:28 AM

Now from a post on the Biggerhammer board 5/8/2003 by Alex Robinson

 

http://www.biggerham...age=3;read=5058

 

 

We are going to be the dominant firearms manufacturer in the next few years. You will see the AR15/M16 die as a military firearm.

 

Sincerely,

Alex J. Robinson

 

Quite a bold prediction in 2003, with an almost completely opposite result in 2015...

 

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#5 Fussbudget

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Posted 04 October 2015 - 09:51 AM

What I meant was if your Prefix is RA the upgrade has already been done LOL


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