Another M4 Carbine Story

A GGK trooper with his Indonesian counterpart posed for a picture during a recent exercise in Mersing. Note both carry the M4 carbines fitted with an upper receiver with a continuous picatinny rail and fitted with various accessories. The Indonesian SOF trooper is using the GGK weapon for the exercise. BTDM

SHAH ALAM: Another Colt M4 Carbine story. As you are aware the Colt M4 Carbine is the standard rifle of the Malaysian military since around 2010. The contract for the weapons was signed back in 2006 and by 2008 onwards the military has standardised on the weapon.

It is interesting to note that the RMN (for a spare tender) is calling the rifle, the M4 A3, a designation that is unknown anywhere else. The Malaysian Army and RMAF simply called it the M4. It must be noted that the US Army called its Colt carbine as the M4 or the M4A1 which is the full auto version like our rifles.

Two soldiers carrying ammo cans with their M4 carbines sling on the shoulders. BTDM

Ours are not M4A1 though as it was bought via a commercial deal with Colt. Moreover, it is fitted with a carry handle and no Picatinny rail, like the Vietnam-era Colt Model 629 (the Colt Commando) but with a 16.1-inch barrel just like the US Army’s M4A1s. The Model 629s have 11.1-inch barrels. So, I am guessing the M4 A3 as designated by the RMN might be the correct one.
A soldier firing her M4 carbine in early 2021. Note her left arm on the handguard. BTDM

It must also be noted that some units in the military – GGK, Paskau, Paskal, the recon unit of the 10th Para Brigade and the Special Operations Division of the Armed Forces- are also equipped with M4 Carbines with picatinny rail.
US Marines firing their weapons. The nearest one is an M4A1. US Navy.

It is likely these carbines are equipped with the picatinny rail- upper receivers making them like the M4A1s of the US military. The picatinny rail allows the use of all sorts of accessories from optics to laser designators.
Two operators from Special Operations Division, one from Paskal and the other from GGK, based on their berets and uniforms. Note the guns carried. Both are likely M4 carbines with upper receivers fitted with picatinny rail and fitted with accessories. Both are using Magpul PMAG 30 round magazine. MAF HQ.

Two spare parts tenders from the Army – one this year and one last year – showed that the parts of the M4 Carbines that needed most replacements were the handguards. For the tender this year, 500 new handguards were sought and 483 were needed last year. It is still small with some 120,000 M4 Carbines in service with the three services.
A soldier going through an obstacle course with his M4 Carbine. Unlike the MAA1 version of US Army, the Malaysian Army version which has a carrying handle and no picatinny rails. Note the sling. BTDM

Another item, the sling, also needed replacement, with some 800 procured from SME Ordnance for RM64,800. SMEO was also the winning bidder for the parts tenders though the cost of the contract were not announced. The company was the one that was given the M4 contract in 2006.
APMM STAR trooper carrying the HK 416 complete with accessories at the 2022 Merdeka parade.

— Malaysian Defence

If you like this post, buy me an espresso. Paypal Payment

Share
About Marhalim Abas 1720 Articles
Shah Alam

12 Comments

  1. I think u might be mistaken on this one Marhalim. Ive held and shot a few of the army M4s before. They got picantinny rails on the upper receiver. Those are not fix carry handles. The barrels are 14.5 inches. The 16 inch are for civilian usage in the US.

  2. “Ours are not M4A1 though as it was bought via a commercial deal with Colt. Moreover, it is fitted with a carry handle and no Picatinny rail”

    Unless we are talking about different things, I believe our current batch of M4 has rails under the removable handles.

  3. Agreed with Shed.

    I believe the carry handle on our M4A1’s are detachable based on pictures seen of our M4A1 when compared to commercial ar15 detachable carry handle.

    Thus, i believe all of our M4A1 have picatinny upper receiver.

    Hopefully they replace all those handguards with more ergonomic 2-piece NFF handguard like magpul moe sl. Cheap and have mlok slots for vertical grip and weaponlight.

    On the other note, please say the RMN M4A3 which is equipped with 16.1 inch barrel is mid length gassed. Better weapon parts longevity and weapon recoil.

    Just my 2 cent.

  4. “Ours are not M4A1 though as it was bought via a commercial deal with Colt.” Could you explain this statement? I don’t get why being purchased through a commercial deal makes it not an M4A1 variant. I thought that the difference between the M4 and the A1 variant are the fire selector modes.(semi and burst for the M4, and semi and auto for the M4A1)

  5. “Ours are not M4A1 though as it was bought via a commercial deal with Colt.” Could you explain this statement? I don’t get why being purchased through a commercial deal makes it not an M4A1.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*