Aaron in Mohnton Pa

.223 M60 Parts - A closer look

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   Many do not know it, but long long ago you could buy .223 Conversion kits for M60s. The kits consisted of the following:

- Feed Tray

-Barrel

-Bolt

-Top Cover

  The parts are very easy to install. All of the conversion parts were made from original M60 Parts.... They just had to be modified. The conversion kits were made by John Weaver "JRW", who sadly passed away a long time ago now. Parts are almost non existent. I was going to put these parts into production years ago but found that some of the parts, such as the barrel collar, would be very very costly for me to have made. I passed the project on and haven't heard about it since. I regret it now....

   I did manage to pick up a .223 feed tray. Some pictures below. I will be having the blocks and feed pawls produced...so that's a start... Al;so pictured below is a early M60e4 Ammo Hanger, which SAW pouches attach to. Which is what would hold the ammo load for the .223 M60.

   Anyway ... Just sharing with the board.. I am trying to acquire the other .223 parts so I can get this project up and running and into production.

Aaron - Mohnton, Pa

.223 FEED TRAY - The long piece coming off the front goes into the trunion and guides the round into the chamber.

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Here is a video of a .223 M60 Running

 

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My checkbook is standing by for when you start selling them.

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Aaron, what happened with the more recent company that was supposed yo make these?

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@Waffen Und Bier ,

    They were suppose to put these into production and I was supposed to become a distributor of them. From what I heard the kit went on a shelf and to date no action has been taken with it. Unfortunately. That was in 2015 that they acquired it and still nothing. I'm not optimistic that they will go into production.

- Aaron

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Bummer. One of our customers keeps threatening to come by the shop with some JRW pieces.   Still holding my breath. I'm busy with Stoner related stuff, so no hurry, I suppose. 

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Will do.  Could the barrel extension for the 7.62 M60 be used for the 5.56mm? I haven't looked or experimented yet.  

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@Waffen Und Bier , Yes the barrel collar (pictured below) threads onto the newly made barrel. The small tooth on front of the feed tray guides the round into the chamber. I have heard John Weaver made his barrels out of Remington 700 barrels.

   The problem is finding these barrel collars and gas cylinders. They are near impossible to find the e3 ones. I do not know if standard gas cylinders will work. The barrels are machined into the shape of an e3 barrel. Barrel collar torqued on and barrel latch notch cut in. Then everything is installed and lined up based on the barrel latch cut. To ensure gas system is straight and front sight post is straight.

-Aaron

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