I’m thinking about many friends who have fallen in service to this great nation. They are remembered every day, but especially so today.
Posted this morning on the official CZ Firearms – Ceska Zbrojovka Facebook page.
“Our parent company CZG is today announcing the final stage of acquirement of iconic COLT company. We are really looking forward to the cooperation of our companies and the advantages coming from it. Not just for us, but also for you, our customers.”
🇨🇿Naše mateřská skupina CZG dnes oznámila úspěšné dokončení akvizice ikonického Coltu. Moc se těšíme na společnou budoucnost a na využití synergií, které toto spojení přinese nejen oběma značkám, ale především vám – našim zákazníkům.
I was piecing together the LE6940FDE upper receiver that I have when I ran into a difference with the upper receiver that I had never noticed before.
In the attached photos I have circled in green the part differences that I am referring too.
The retention of the ejection port cover rod on a 6940 upper receiver is completely different than it is on a standard, non-modular, upper receiver (LE6920 or CR6920 for example).
I had never noticed that before. Now I need to identify the roll pin size and order a few so that I can install the ejection port cover on this 6940FDE upper receiver.
About 95% of my Colt collection is firearms or components (upper receiver assemblies, lower receiver assemblies, etc) in their original factory configuration with the original factory parts. However, sometimes I find myself hunting for Colt parts to piece something together.
I try to buy parts from a variety of parts providers. I don’t use only one or two providers because I like to share my support across many businesses and help as many in the firearms industry as I can. However, if prices are not reasonable, I do bypass some businesses.
Some of the businesses that I buy Colt parts from are Brownells, Midway USA, Arms Unlimited, Shark Arms, Apex Gun Parts and Thoroughbred Armament to name a few. Availability of parts often requires me to shop around to find needed parts in stock.
One recent purchase I made was labeled as a Colt upper receiver parts kit from Shark Arms.
The parts arrived in the ziploc bags as shown. The parts appear to be new as was advertised.
If you have opened a brand new Colt firearm (or any firearm really), you know that the oil has a unique feeling and smell. These parts have the same characteristics that I have encountered with a new Colt firearms and don’t show any wear at all so I believe that they are new. The cost of the parts was $55.
The upper receiver parts are going to be installed on a stripped Colt 6940 FDE anodized upper receiver that I got in a Gun Broker auction.
I don’t plan to really do anything with the upper receiver other than to just have it sitting in the collection. But, I thought I would assemble it short of installing a barrel to have it as complete as I can. As seen in the photo below, the parts that were used on the factory completed 6940 FDE upper receivers had the normal dark factory anodizing.
I hope everyone had a good week and have a good weekend ahead. Stay safe.
Arms Unlimited has a great deal on Colt removable carry handles.
First I apologize for the lack of posts and content lately. Life has just been kind of crazy. I have been active a little bit on Facebook and AR15.com lately. I’m trying to make it a point to get into coltforum.com more as well. I am minuteman1636 on ar15.com and coltforum.com. I am going to try and participate some on M4carbine.net.
I have made a few purchases over the last few months, some of which I have done quick posts here about. I am going to add some content/pages with more information and data on all of the items. A few example of the content coming up details on the three prototype upper receivers that I have purchased along with content on the LE6960 CCU, CR6920, CR6920-EPR and CR6940.
I will also be starting two separate pages here discussing my efforts to ‘clone’ the Colt SCAR-B prototype and the Colt IAR6940H. I have spoken briefly to D.Wilson Manufacturing who has stated they can help me with the assembly and modifications of some parts. This is a project that I am especially excited to finish. My last big hurdle is getting a Colt LE6940 series gas block/front sight assembly.
If you haven’t been following Arms Unlimited on Gun Broker, they have been selling of some rare Colt gems. Examples are a Paraguay government marked M203 37mm grenade launcher, a Yemen marked CK901 and a CM901 just name a few. You can see their current auctions here: https://www.gunbroker.com/All/search?IncludeSellers=1889752
You can see some truly amazing completed items from Arms Unlimited at this link: https://www.gunbroker.com/All/search?Sort=13&IncludeSellers=1889752&PageSize=48
I hope everyone has had a good week. Talk to you again in the next day or two.
Last night on Gun Broker and M4Carbine.net I saw examples of CR6920’s with intact lever stops.
This is a production change and we will see more lower receivers with lever stops as more production carbines get into circulation.
Now what to do with my CR series carbines that have ground off lever stops? Hmmm.
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.
Hope you find this informational.
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