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250rah
05-24-2011, 5:18 PM
I was recently given a gun and its marked as an RIA 223 caliber. From digging RIA is a branch off bushmaster(atleast that is were numerous searches led me to believe).
I had some one tell me they thought it was a vietnam era gun by the looks of it. How do I tell? the gun is old it has been passed down 3 times that I know of and now I have it I dont want to start changing things if it is

pyro3k2
05-24-2011, 5:49 PM
Could use some photo's of the reveiver we maybe able to answer a few things that way.

Army
05-24-2011, 7:39 PM
RIA is Rock Island Armory. They did not make M16 rifles during the Vietnam era.

RIA was first known as Sendra Corp, and was a early player in the AR15 wars from the '80's. They became part of Springfield Armory, until legal woes forced them out of business.

Quality ran from excellent, to not bad. Value runs in the high $600 to low $700. They have a tendency to fade to purple, so keep any and all caustic cleaners away from the finish.

evidens83
05-24-2011, 7:40 PM
Pics would be nice....