Squires Bingham M16: A cheap rimfire rifle from Philippines

Author: Eric Sof

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Squires Bingham M16 is a cheap combat rifle designed and produced in the Philippines. Squibman is the brand name of the Squires Bingham Company, and they have produced a variety of rifles, shotguns, and pistols under this name. Their M16 is one of several attempts to make a cheap rimfire weapon that resembles a combat rifle.

Design

The Squires Bingham M16 rifle configuration is, as the title implies, based upon that of the American M16, though the detailed execution is considerably different. The straight-line stock layout, the carrying handle with the rear sight, the elevated foresight, and the muzzle flash hider. But the mechanism is a simple blowback unit, and the barrel and receiver are in a tubular assembly, which drops into the stock. Below is the pistol grip and magazine housing assembly.

The stock is mahogany, finished in ebony black, while the metal components are either blackened steel or anodized alloy. The rear sight is a fixed elevation aperture, adjustable for windage.

Squires Bingham M16 rifle is chambered in .22 Long Rifle RF
Squires Bingham M16 rifle is chambered in .22 Long Rifle RF (Photo: XY)

The Squires Bingham M16 shoots with acceptable accuracy and makes a good general-purpose ‘fun gun’ or vermin shooter. The design has not copied the M16 so slavishly as to finish up with bad proportioning, as have some others, and there is sufficient length of butt to allow the rifle to be held comfortably and firmly.

Technical specifications

Manufacturer: Squires, Bingham Mfg. Co., Marikina, Philippines
Type:  semi-automatic, blowback
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle RF
Barrel: 16 in (406 mm)
Weight: 6 lbs (2.72 kg)
Magazine capacity: 15 rounds
Cyclic rate of fire:
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2 thoughts on “Squires Bingham M16: A cheap rimfire rifle from Philippines”

  1. I bought something similar back in the mid to late ’70s as a kid. Looked exactly the same. Had a wood stock but all the rest resembled an M-16. it was also in 22 LR. I think I got it at KMART. Damn, at my old age I’m surprised I could remember all that. Now, where did I put my EDC?