History of Colt XM16E1

The Lance of The Battle of Ia Drang
From 1950s, when the NATO was conducting "munitions commonality" and wanted to unify the caliber of ammunition, the United States believed that the T65 7.62×51mm caliber bullets had a long range and strong penetration, and opposed any small-caliber ammunition that reduced its power. Then the United States relied on its The strong influence exerted by the alliance leader after World War II made NATO officially decide in 1953 that the T65 bullet would be the NATO standard bullet as the "7.62×51mm NATO". And the US military also selected the Springfield T44 rifle as the standard rifle - the M14 rifle.
After the M14 rifle was equipped with military, it was immediately deploy to Vietnam. However, in the jungles of Vietnam, the terrible shortcomings of the M14 rifle began to be exposed. After the US Army failed to change equipment, they learned from the experience and pinned their hopes on the development of another leading weapon - SPIW. At first, the army's top brass only regarded the M16 as a transitional weapon between the M14 and the SPIW. However, due to the failure of the SPIW, the M16 was finally made the standard rifle of the US military.
As an early type of the XM16E1 Mod 603 "early model", the "X" prefix indicates that it is an experimental number (meaning that it has not yet been officially signed contract), and it is also the first US military coded as "03" (army type, with "bolt assist knob"). into the M16. It was the first M16 series rifle to be used in the Vietnam War (1964~66). Its distinctive 3-prong flash hider has become a classic icon of the M16 series in Vietnam War.
The XM16E1's first combat deploy after it was fully distributed to the military was in the battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam in November 1965, and it performed quite well. Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (Harold Gregory Moore, Jr.) wrote in his report that this victory was brought about by "brave soldiers and the M16."
However, from 1965 to 1967, the XM16E1 still exposed many problems in combat in Vietnam battlefield. After continuous improvement, the masterpiece of rifle - the M16A1 appeared in the Vietnam battlefield and was continuously used and derived a variety of branch series, and competed with the AK series, making the AR series become one of the two mainstream rifle series in the world.

No Compromise?


  • Details Of The Vietnam War Version XM16E1 Are Fully Presented

  • The styling is taken from the Colt XM16E1 in the early Vietnam War. It includes the iconic 3-prong flash hider, the 20-inch outer barrel, M16 style front sight, classic M16A1 type nylon handguard, correct M16 type lower receiver, carrying handle upper receiver, early-type dummy forward assist knob, bolt carrier group with silver chrome plated, etc... plus the lower receiver with a fully authorized Colt marking and US DOD Stamp, all the appearance details of the Colt XM16E1 are integrated in one place.
  • Cybergun Full License Authorized Production

  • VFC Colt XM16E1 GBBR is built under authorized by Cybergun, with fully authorized markings. Reproduce the XM16E1 in Vietnam War, including details and engravings are complete and exquisite.
  • Improved V3 Lower Receiver Internal Structure

  • The GBBR is not only directly put into the new design "Non-cut lever" Steel Hammer Set, but also improve the structure of the lower receiver, increase the fitting depth, and the structure of the firing pin base parts is greatly simplified, making the valve knocking action more stable, the durability of the parts is effectively improved, and the maintenance will be easier.(This new lower receiver can be directly assembled with previous VFC M4 GBBR upper receiver.)
  • Improved Internal Structure Improve Performance In One Piece

  • The VFC XM16E1 GBBR this time has not only got the authorization from Colt, but also insert all update mechanism of VFC AR GBB system into it at one time, including the new improved Lower Receiver Internal structure, the improvement of the firing pin design and newly designed "Non-cut lever" steel hammer set, this time added a new setting buffer spring, with our new design gas magazine, it will definitely improve the overall performance of the XM16E1!

Expectations of Future

The the classic Vietnam War series

Since VFC has gradually improved the AR GBBR system to the V3 version, it has received generally good feedback from users. This time, we launched the classic Vietnam War series of Airsoft, allowing users to simply adjust and use it directly on the Airsoft field, not just for collecting. In the future, VFC will launch more Vietnam War classic Airsoft products, so please look forward to it!


Please refer to the instruction manual for detailed usage.

Colt XM16E1 GBBR

Item No: VF2-LXM16E1-BK01
Inner Barrel
Muzzle Velocity
985 mm
360 mm
2550 g
5.95 mm BBs
6 mm
20 Rounds
110 m/sec
Plastic, Metal

VFC AR-V3 New system features

VFC AR Series GBBR V3 System - Improved Lower Receiver Internal Structure & New Firing Pin Design & Steel "Non-cut lever" Hammer Set & New Design Gas Magazine

Redesign of the internal groove of the AR series GBBR lower receiver.
Built-in steel "Non-cut lever" hammer set for stable function.
The number of parts of the firing pin parts is less than that of the old version, and it is easier to maintain. The old version of the firing pin parts need to be directly installed on the lower receiver. The new firing pin parts is an modular parts, which is more convenient than the old version of installation and replacement.
The new firing pin parts have a deeper installation position for effectively strengthen stability, and the improved lower receiver is equipped with positioning holes, which is not easy to cause installation deviation or skew during operation. Newly designed parts operation stroke, increase the stability when the firing pin is repeatedly operated.
New design V3 gas magazine.
New design bolt stop latch with non-BBs fire function, there are 20-round and 30-round gas magazines to choose from.

Optional Accessories of VFC Colt XM16E1 GBBR

Each accessory is different according to the laws of each country or region. please contact your local dealer to confirm the content of the items.

Colt XM148 Airsoft Grenade Launche
XM148 Proguct website
M4 GBB 20rds Gas Magazine V3 (grey)
M4 GBB 30rds Gas Magazine V3 (grey)
40mm Standard Airsoft Grenade Cartridge
6mm BB Shower Shell
40mm Rubber Grenade Cap

Warning and Caution

* Warning: Be careful when loading gas grenades, do not directly press the valve in the botton of the grenades.

* Caution: This is NOT a Toy.
* Caution: ALWAYS wear eye protective gear.
* Caution: ALWAYS keep the gun pointed at the safe direction.
* Caution: ALWAYS assume the gun is loaded.
* Caution: ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
* Caution: ALWAYS know your target and what is beyond it.
* Caution: ALWAYS keep out of reach of children.
* Caution: Muzzle speed varies for different country regulations.
* Caution: The picture display is only for the reference, Does not include straps, silencers, optic scope and red-dot sights.