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If you haven’t written regarding the M855 ammo ban yet, consider this…

I know that you have been probably been flooded with prompts to write and let your comments be known about the proposed ban and even been supplied with templates. If you haven’t already I would urge you to do so. I have included what I sent to the ATFE via email. Perhaps you will find it useful or informational, feel free to use it however you like –  a few people have asked me “what’s the deal with green tip?”

To: APAComments@atf.gov

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing to make it known that I am against the proposed ban. I will be brief.
1. M855 makes up ~ 30% of the civilian sporting market for 223.
2. M855 is not mostly made made up of an offending “piercing” metal
3. M855 has always been exempt from the 1986 requirements
4. Handguns firing rifle rounds (including M855) have long been available and are prohibitively expensive
5. ATFE makes no claim nor presents any statistics that there are actually instances of M855 being used in crime, especially from a handgun
6. The round, ironically, is actually ballistically less of a threat when fired from a handgun
7. The “framework” is too loosely defined, it appears as if the goal is to be able to restrict all .223 based ammunition with the exception of rimfire. The accelerated timeframe for adoption does not help this perception
8. The 223 round is probably the most popular sporting round currently in use by the public, surpassing even 22 rimfire since 223 (up until this proposal) it has been more available

Thank you for your time, and I hope that you reconsider this proposal.

And I urge to please comment on the proposal if you have not already!

BCM upper on the way

I won’t bore you with the details but I have been plagued with some bad luck and had been forced to sell some things and then lost some more in a divorce. As it turns out, I am now a little light in the AR dept. I was going on #6 (deposit down and it had come in) but I am down to just 2– My Colt 6920 and the 6.8 SPC that I put together with a Kotonics barrel and Mega upper and lower.

I am still broke, but I couldn’t pass up a “blemished” upper from a BCM email. I clicked on the link and thought about buying it. By the time I had decided they were out of stock. I clicked on “notify me” when they were back in stock thinking it would be a long while. Much to my surprise I got an email the next day! I didn’t hesitate this time.

Their description is great, don’t buy one if you are looking for a safe queen, but buy it if you are looking for a gun to run hard. I like it, and their reputation says the same.

I am anxious to compare it to the 6920 which has always set the bar for a running AR15. More to come…

They’re here! Pair of HRA CMP M1 Garands!

It has been about 3 months but my two M1 Garands have arrived from CMP! Only one is mine (the other is a gift for someone who deserves one). I am very excited as the M1 Garand is one of the finest weapons ever designed (as someone famous once said). The two that I ordered were H&R Service Grades. I was pleasantly surprised at the nice CMP stamped hard cases that they now come in.

My last Garand was a Springfield Service Grade. To be honest it (at least the wood) was in better shape. However, these two definitely seemed more broken in (smoother) although quite a bit more used. The foreends had a definite darker stain than normal. I am not sure if that is a CMP thing, but I like it.

Anyway, without adieu – some pics…

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Just ordered a CMP Garand

Well, I just submitted my paperwork for another M1 Garand (it will be my second). It should only be a short 6 month wait! Wow, and I thought 2 months was a long wait last time! How times change.

For those not familiar CMP = Civilian Marksmanship Program they have some great benefits & programs! One of their most popular benefits is the purchase of a former issue M1 Garand rifle! Meeting the program requirements is not very hard and you can own a piece of history. If you have any interest I would purchase in the near future, you never know what will happen, or how long supply will last.

Anyway, just wanted to share :)

Here is my Springfield and my Inland M1 Carbine, both from the CMP (Carbines are long gone I am afraid – I wish I got two)…

Colt to return with 20″ Colt AR15 A4!

Last year, before the mad rush, finances required that I let go my BushMaster Govt (profile) 20″ AR15A4. This was a pre-Cerebus rifle and beautifully finished. It went to a good home to someone who appreciates it. I had always intended on replacing it with a BCM. But then the hysteria hit. I also forgot that one of my first rifles (a while ago) was a Colt Sporter Match HBAR. Regret selling it, but at the time I never used it.

BCMs are still impossible to get but I am happy to see that Colt will be returning to the market! You may have noticed that they have lacked a 20″ rifle, well, except for the neutered CA legal versions.

Here is the listing from Clyde Armory: http://clydearmory.com/colt-ar15a4.html. Google them if you are not familiar. They are legit.

For me this is a must have! In fact, I am going to put $ down tomorrow! :)

Pic from Clyde Armory (click on pic to enlarge):


Here is a pic of the roll marks from ARFCOM (thread).

Click on pic to enlarge:

Ever want to drop your favorite AR stock and see if breaks?

Now that AR parts are somewhat more available I am able to replace some stock stocks (haha). The M4 stocks work, but there are definitely better in terms of durability (or so I think) and especially storage. For my 6.8 I even would like to replace an M4 stock with a full A2.

So who builds the “best” one? Everyone has their opinion and favorite brand. Ever want to drop-test all of them and see which comes out ahead?

Well, GearScout.com did and it makes for a good read: http://blogs.militarytimes.com/gearscout/2012/02/01/buttstock-bashfest-gearscout-finds-out-just-how-far-tough-talk-goes/

The good news? It seems like they all did comparably. The bad news? The all broke.
Oh well, I still need some place to put extra batteries.

Colt 6920…pics or it didn’t happen

I am excited about my 6920 and had the camera out today anyway. So, you get some pics :)

This is a follow up to: Just picked up my Colt LE6920 “M4” – details and a little talk about the feedback I have been getting

I know as a lot of people say…”Pics! Or it didn’t happen!” So, without further delay a March manufactured Colt LE6920. Click on the pic if you want to see the full size:

 

Colt Defense roll mark

 

New “M4 Carbine” roll mark

 

Other side

 

 

MPI stamped bolt

 

Bottom of carrier

 

Key staking

 

H buffer and you can see the fit and finish of the lower

 

Upper T Marks and also fit and finish

 

Castle nut staking

 

Roger’s Super Stock, note the Colt Defense Logo

 

Removable buttpad with Colt logo

 

 

Bottom (mag well)

 

Barrel stamping

 

F marked front site, also note the included and installed side sling swivel. A nice touch.

 

The accessory pack packing. I included it because I thought it something you don’t see every day. Note the label which says “Suswuehanna Association for the blind.” It was included inside sling’s bag

 

The included Colt accessory pack: sling, 2 20rd mags, manual, cleaning rod, 2 brushes and the rear sling swivel was a nice touch.

 

The blue label from the side of the box. I find it uninteresting but I notice that other people’s threads have it, so I included it too. I think that not all of the older ones say “M4 Style Semi-Auto”:

 

I am tired of reading about how Colt uses non-standard pins and you can’t attach non-Colt uppers/lowers. This was true on my R6600 back in the 90s and maybe true of the “Target” sporter line but NOT on the 6920s.

Here is a Rock River Arms (RRA) upper with the Colt 6920 lower:

 

Here is the Rock River Arms (RRA) lower with the Colt 6920 upper:

 

There you go. One of the most regarded and argued about kings of the M4gery (civilian) world.

 

 

Just picked up my Colt LE6920 “M4” – details and a little talk about the feedback I have been getting

First of all, I ordered it from my local LGS after having waited a few hours to go in from their call  and missed their last batch (7). The price was $1029.99 + tax. That’s $70 less than WalMart sells them for (note: none of my local Seattle/Tacoma area WalMarts sell guns that I know of). That is also significantly less than any of the online sources I could find.

Even an internet source at $995 (good luck finding one) + shipping + dealer fees + tax (yes, WA makes you pay sales tax for transfers) would have been more. My shop even apologized, apparently only a few months ago they were selling for $995+tax!

Wait time, however, was about 6 weeks. I don’t know how many they got in, but they did have one up on the wall for sale.

OK, I didn’t have time to snap pictures and it looks like everyone else’s.  This is what I got…

  • Blue label box that says LE6920
  • LE prefix SN
  • Colt Defense rollmark
  • M4 Carbine rollmark
  • Roger’s Super Stock
  • The bag it came in says it was made in March

Fit and finish appear perfect. Definitely was test fired as their are brass marks on the deflector. Bolt closes perfectly when functioned slowly – something I haven noticed that other brands out of the box don’t do. Other brands also have that “new bolt” smell when you cycle them. The rifle is also pretty well lubricated, something other brands don’t always do. Staking (both) look great.

The stock is interesting. It feels nice. The cam lock seems a little flimsy, but then again it doesn’t do much. I did notice that the fit on the extension tube is very tight. I couple of my old GI aluminum 30 rd mags were tight in the well. I will try them all out in a little while and see if it is just chance or consistent with a particular brand.

On to the questions/comments…

So, why didn’t I get brand x?
Probably cost or availability. Colt’s quality bang for buck at a little over $1000 is very good. They are simply a work-horse.

Yes there are better, but entry level LaRue or Noveske start at $1500. Enough of a difference for me to get the Colt and an EOTech or a lot of ammo/etc. Move up from entry level and you approach the cost of two 6920s!

One brand I wanted to handle was BCM. They just were not available to see or even buy!

LMT Defender was close. The standard version was noticeably more than the Colt and the SOPMOD brought it up even more. I wish they put their enhanced bolt in this rifle that would have made up a little more price difference. Also weird they don’t use an H buffer.

Let’s face it, Colt is also brand recognition. Not that I anticipate selling it, but if I had to, or wanted to upgrade to something else it shouldn’t be too hard to sell the Colt. Especially since demand > supply

You are paying for the Colt pony and kool-aide
Well, this is true. But since the price is about $1000 it was in the sample ball park as other brands. Actually, well-priced considering that only a year or two ago they were going for $1200. Actually, if you can’t find one locally and don’t want to wait, I found more than a few vendors that were willing to sell you one today for $1200. Anyway, as the top instructors say: Colts consistently run (not that they don’t ever put out a dud) and as mentioned before are always in demand.

A few folks recommended brands such as Rock River, Bushmaster, or to build my own
I currently own a RRA, a Bushmaster, an Oly and have a few that I put together myself. I like them all. I wanted something out of the box that was “done” with high quality parts and could be considered a “fighting carbine.” I have hopes of taking some courses down the road. In fact, FAS (Firearms Academy of Seattle) is literally down the road (strangely, not in Seattle but Olympia area).

 That stock sucks. It is not even going to be issued to troops. It is a Magpul CTR ripoff, the sling swivel attachment is too low and top attachment needs to be cut off!
It is designed and made by Bill Rogers so I am certain of its high quality and design. if you are unfamiliar please Google. Heard of Wilson Rogers products like the Wilson 47D magazine? Same person. Colt also claims that they modified it to make it more durable. Personally, I don’t really see the revolutionary nature of the old stock and don’t particularly care if it is issued or not–It either works or not.

A CTR ripoff? Well, they do kind of look similar. Functionally no though. The AR parts world is ripe with similar products. Ask Vltor — they are/were suing Magpul over the ACS.

The sling swivel attachment is too low? Perhaps if you are comparing it to Magpul products. The SOPMOD and Vltors have it pretty much the same low position. Cut the top one off if you like, but  it doesn’t bother me.

And don’t get me wrong, I am a BIG Magpul fan including the stocks. I just don’t pooh a product because it isn’t an “M.” Again, it either works or doesn’t.

Carbine length gas system destroys bolts and was designed for 14.5″ barrels. Mid-length has less recoil and isn’t as dirty. You should get a mid-length.
Actually, conceptually I like the mid-length better. However, Colt has been building 16″-ers for a long time and have it tuned to a science. As I recall Colt’s first run was with 16″ and adopted 14.5″ later. I think it was in the “AR15 Sourcebook.” Somebody is going to make me look it up, aren’t they? :P

Regardless, Colt bolts are very high quality, the system works and works well. Maybe a MOE pistol grip for a spare bolt.  I also have this crazy theory that it being slightly over gassed (vs mid-length) enhanced reliability, kind of like using a heavier recoil spring in a semi-auto pistol. Dirtier? Yes, I think so, but as for recoil I don’t really notice the difference. Now a 6.8SPC yes! I wouldn’t build it on a CAR length.

What’s weird is that there are a lot of people endorsing piston rifles with CAR gas systems. These, to me, seem like the slam the bolt a lot harder and have more recoil. Maybe that is why Ruger went with a mid-length (equivalent) piston. Anyway, mid-length = nice, but not a necessity to me.

If Colt built a mid-length people would be crying out that it isn’t “mil-spec” any more. Kind of like they are with the 6940.

You need to have a monolithic rail and free float barrel
No, I really don’t. I have both and yes there is a difference but not much. Especially not for the cost of a lot of systems. This is a “duty” rifle, it will see 100yds distance average– 200 yds max. For a rail, I will buy one of those little 2″ strips that attach into the stock hand guard holes to attach a SureFire flashlight.

Hmm…I do need somewhere to put batteries. Maybe I will replace the stock afterall. :)

You need to replace the sling
The sling is very…..basic. I swear by Boonie Packer quick adjust cinchable 2point slings. They are tough, inexpensive ($25 shipped), and local.

AKs are better, especially now that you can add 12′ of rail. Besides 30caliber cartridges are better.
I don’t do Warsaw Pact rounds. Seriously. The most exotic (non-U.S.) round I own is a 303 Brit. As mentioned above I don’t do rail. I wouldn’t mind a quality AK like a Hungary or CZ, but they are not cheap any more. If you are going ‘bigger is better’ and there is certainly validity to that, in a non-AR platform (I am a big 6.8 fan) then I think I would just step up to a DSArms FAL or pony up the cash for a Springfield M1A. I am pretty heavily invested in the AR platform though, to make any type of switch.

I do believe in the mystique of the big ‘.30’ rounds. In fact, I own a Marlin 3030 lever, an Inland M1Carbine, Enfield in 303 Brit, a 6.8 AR (.277 is close to .30)  and the king — a Springfield M1 Garand to meet the 30caliber criteria. :) Each round/platform meets a specific need.  However, 5.56 will do fine against zombies.

Wholesale Sports/Sportsmans Warehouse has Magpul 30 rd PMAGS (non-window) on sale for $10!
That is a good price! I tried the ones I have and they fit perfectly.

My wife wants to know why for $1000 you only get a cardboard box instead of case
I don’t know, but if it keeps the price down I am ok with it. Hazard4 is coming out with a sling bag that will hold an AR. Eberlestock also makes some nice backpacks with AR attachments. One of those will do the ticket. I do have cordura soft and hard rifle cases. But that’s no fun.

But, $1100 (after tax) is still a chunk of change though (more than the replacement dryer I just had to buy) so  I probably won’t be buying anything too exciting for a bit. However, 223 ammo I have :)

Thanks for reading and all of the comments/suggestions/questions!

 

 

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