Colt CAR15

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The CAR15 model used in Israel is the Model 653 which was introduced by Colt in 1970. The CAR15 entered service with the IDF SF in the late 1970's and with regular units in the early 1990's. It was the IDF standard issue infantry weapon until it was replaced by the M4A1 in the early 2000's. Today, the CAR15 is no longer in service with SF units, but is still used by reserve units, non-infantry combat units and new infantry recruits.

In a typical IDF fashion, Israeli CAR15 were modified and modernized for SF:

  • 1:7 twist heavy barrel (for the SS109/M855 round) replacing the original factory 1:12 barrel (for the M193 round). Some barrels were purchased as stand alone items, while others were part of newer uppers, which also featured the later introduced lefty shells deflector.

  • Drilling additional holes in the stock to convert it from the original 2 positions to a 3-4 positions stock. The additional holes were originally designed to support Israeli CT shooting techniques but were quickly adopted by non-SF units.

  • Plastic stock replacing the factory CAR15 metal stock.

  • A2 pistol grip.

  • Compensator or sound suppressor adapter replacing the original factory flash hider.

Left - standard Israeli CAR15. Right - modified Israeli SF CAR15.

Standard CAR15. Note a modification to the original M16A1 design - a M16A2 plastic stock.

Standard CAR15. Note two modifications to the original M16A1 design - a M16A2 pistol grip and a plastic stock.

 

IDF SF heavy barrel CAR15.

 

IDF SF heavy barrel CAR15 fitted with a flashlight.

 

IDF SF reserve sniper full gear seen here prior to deployment in the Territories. Visible are a camouflaged CAR15 fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21 and a flashlight, camouflaged M24 SWS and a camouflaged Litton Aquila X6 NVD for the M24. Also visible are 5.56mm magazines for the CAR15 and 7.62mm rounds for the M24, medical supply and other tactical gear.

 

IDF SF reserve sniper fully loaded vest, backpack and helmet fitted with a Mit’zenfet. Also visible are a camouflaged CAR15 fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21 and a flashlight, a camouflaged M24 SWS and a camouflaged Litton Aquila X6 NVD for the M24.

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