Box of M16 weapons shipped to couple’s home

HOUSTON, TX. (KTRK) - A Houston couple got more than they bargained for after buying gun storage cases online.

The couple, who did not want to be identified, thought they were buying 100 empty gun storage cases from a military surplus website to resell on eBay.

“It’s just a case, everybody can buy it online,” one of them said.

But when a friend cracked open one of the cases, they found it was far from empty.

The couple found at least a dozen fully automatic M16s designed strictly for military use.

Not sure what to do, they reported it to authorities.

Within hours, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seized the single box and quickly got a search warrant for the storage unit containing 100 more. Experts were shocked by what they found.

“It’s almost surreal to believe something like that happen nowadays. It’s incredible,” said retired Houston police captain and former Marine Greg Fremin. “It’s unbelievable to think weapons of that grade, military-grade weapons, would be shipped in containers would be shipped across state lines and somebody have access to that. It’s pretty shocking,”

Fremin says the military carefully tracks all its weapons, because any misplaced weapons can be extremely dangerous.

“For these boxes to have M16s in them and being shipped to a public destination, not only is it shocking, it’s a federal crime,” he said.

The ATF confirms it is investigating along with the FBI, but did not say how many weapons have been recovered so far.

The military surplus website says it pulled other gun cases for sale offline after and notified the Department of Defense.

Meanwhile, the couple said they just want the weapons out of their hands, and they’d like to go back to their small business.

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People are going to want to start buying surplus boxes now! :rofl: :rofl:
Ammo boxes would not be bad, I could use some ammo! :frowning_face:

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I bet the ATF was happy to get that call and even though I wasn’t there I bet they gave that poor couple a hard time.

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:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

I thought only Russians didn’t give a damn about their firearms.
I remember back in 1990’s they were moving back to Russia from Polish / E.German border after over 50 years staying there.
There were free AK-47 everywhere. :joy:
And … nobody reported anything to authorities… :wink:

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It is my understanding that not many M16’s are fully automatic. I thought most have a 3-round-burst selection. Are most fully automatic now days?

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There was a while that the 3 round burst was used. I know my issued M4 in 2011 had the burst feature. My M4 in 2006 was full auto. As the wars continued, the Army started going back to full auto.

I think the switch back to full auto had something to do with a demonstrated or perceived need to provide suppresive fire at a higher cyclic rate than the burst setting could provide.

Some Soldiers in my Aviation battalion were issued M16s, but I don’t recall how they were configured regarding the auto setting.

As these were possibly older M16s, my guess is that they were full auto.

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" Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seized the single box and quickly got a search warrant"
" Thanks for telling us about this, Now" “GET ON THE GROUND, GET DOWN, GET DOWN, ON THE GROUND, STOP RESISTING STOP RESISITING…!!!”

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Meanwhile most here own firearms of a higher “grade” than those lol, just neutered with no burst or full auto capability

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I was too old for Vietnam but I understood that early M-16 were fully auto. It was called Rock 'N Roll when firing in full auto.

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76-79 ours were all M16-A1’s they would go auto.

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1983 the Marine Corps adopted the M-16A2 into service. Then the Army went to it in 1986.

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