SigFan wrote:Yes they are out of production. Thanks for the info, the guy wants a little more than that. $1800.00 so I guess I will have to think about it. Can anyone tell me if this can be converted to belt-fed. I checked the Robinson Amrs web page and I could not find out about that. Thanks.
I do not believe so, The robinson arms from what I have been told is not a direct copy of Stoner design even though it is cosmetically similar. So even if the parts were available they would not work.
"The M96 has been offered in a 20" barrel rifle version (the "Expeditionary Rifle"), a 17.5" barreled carbine (no special name), a 16" barreled carbine (the "Recon Carbine"), and a 17.5" barreled top-feed carbine ("Bren" configuration). The M96 is nearly identical in external appearance to the Stoner 63 rifle/light machine gun, and was designed to be modular and configurable like the Stoner. However, the M96 has a somewhat different internal mechanism and is semi-auto only. No internal parts exchange between the M96 and the Stoner 63.
In the mid-1990s an US-based Class-III manufacturer (Arms-Tech Ltd. located in Phoenix, Arizona) offered the "Revere" M96-A1 weapon system on the Law Enforcement market. It was basically a selective-fire conversion system that turned the standard M96 rifle in either a "Commando" 16" barreled STANAG magazine-fed carbine or a 20" barreled, belt-fed Squad Automatic Weapon.
The M96 has a relatively small following, probably due in large part to its high price, new manufacturer, and no relationship to any military weapon. There do not appear to have been any military or law enforcement sales of the M96, probably for the same reasons."