If you follow me on any of my social media accounts, you may have already seen this information but I wanted to post it here too.
Over on AR15.com, in the ‘Industry/Colt’ section, there is some discussion about the variance in upper receiver markings of current Colt CR series carbines and rifles. I personally have zero issue with the marking variations but I know some people are losing their minds. I understand why the marking variations happen and I’m ok with it because I believe I’m still getting quality parts. Anyway, here is the information that I posted.
Below is a photo showing three of my recent purchases (within the last 60 days) and their upper receiver markings. Nothing consistent between these three carbines in the new CR family.
Back: CR6920-EPR keyhole forge mark only No barrel date
Middle: CR6940. stamped ‘C’ and square forge mark. No barrel date
Front: CR6920. CAGE code square forge mark No barrel date
To demonstrate additional differences, look at the image below that shows the difference between the two upper receiver square forge marks.
The existence of the Colt M5 has been known for some time but there has been very little discussion of the program in public. Information that is available indicates that the M5 has been tested and/or fielded in three calibers and eight different models.
This post is only going to look at the four 5.56mm models. I am going to show you data sheets for three of the four versions and just an image of the fourth variant. The Colt M5 Carbine models are as follows:
Colt CM556-10H-M5A-SCW 10.3″ barrel 5.56 x 45
Yes, you guessed it…this is the newest version of the Colt Sub-Compact Weapon (SCW)
Colt CM556-10H-M5A 10.3″ barrel 5.56 x 45
Colt CM556-11H-M5A 11.5″ barrel 5.56 x 45
Colt CM556-14H-M5A 14.5″ barrel 5.56 x 45
I have not seen any indication to date that the M5 family of firearms are set for release on the civilian market. My fingers are crossed. I hope you have enjoyed this look at these four 5.56 x 45 variants of the M5 Carbine.
“It is believed that 788 scopes were sold (and delivered) to Bobby McDonald (of Cooper/McDonald). However, fewer than one hundred of these scopes can be currently accounted for, a fact making this optic an incredibly rare item today”
The image and quote above is from pages 166 & 167 of Vickers Guide Volume 1, Second Edition
I got exceptionally lucky recently and had an opportunity to buy one of the Colt / Knights Armament IAR6940H upper receiver prototypes that were part of the Colt IAR program. Below are a few photos. I will write more about this piece soon.
The post below is from Colts Facebook and Instagram page. I really enjoy seeing these bits of Colt history.
Edwin H. Williams worked for Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company From November 13, 1857 to February 15, 1925. A remarkable man who made a remarkable record of 67 years of service. #FactoryFriday
The last time we saw this happen was in 2017 and the carbines were retailed at $700. This time, the retail price was $1369.95. The market dynamics are completely different this time and this price is still a bargain for a unique Colt collectible.
The Colt SCW stock is one of the more rare modern Colt AR collectibles. I know of 13 of them in the civilian market. Dumb luck has given me the opportunity to have 3 of them in my possession at one time. This is probably the last time you will see 3 together in one place. Unfortunately, the folded lock mechanism is broke on one. Two of three are destined for GB to cover other collection costs. I am willing to deal on a Colt 9mm AR or Colt LE901…two of the grail guns I would like to add to my collection.
I received this Colt shooting shirt in the mail today. It is one of the more unusual things in my collection. It is almost new. It is in really great shape. I am going to guess that it is probably from sometime in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. I am going to research it later.
Also shown in the photo is a Colt CR6720 with Colt mount and Colt scope.