I just saw the new one today as well. Other than the roll marks (or whatever it’s called on a rifle) it looks exactly like the previous LE6920.Yeah, they've been available for a while. The model changed from LE6920 to CR6920 or something, same basic gun but the model is no longer "M4", but just "Carbine" now on the lower. As they said with the initial announcement, they're making civie guns in between large export & LE contracts since they're more profitable.
Well, unless they're guilty of false advertising...I'm starting to wonder if they're actually assembled in Hartford or if they come from the same outsourced vendor that made the ill-fated Expanse line of ARs.
It would be "roll marks" if they were still rolled in, but they are engraved now, so they're just "Markings" I guess. Hence why horsey looks different, engraved. The plus is that you shouldn't see light stampings anymore! Hopefully a laser can't mess that up.I just saw the new one today as well. Other than the roll marks (or whatever it’s called on a rifle) it looks exactly like the previous LE6920.
That prancing Pony looked different though. At least it looked different to me without having my Colt AR nearby to check against. It looks uglier (if that’s a big deal to people) and the word “CARBINE” right under it, with the serial number right below it third line from top.
Twenty years or so ago I attended an armorer's course on the 1911 pistol, and AR-15 taught by representatives of Colt Firearms. The instructor explained that every Colt AR is built to the exact same specifications originally provided to the military. Every bolt, not one ten or a hundred, is magnetic particle inspected. Every AR-15 is assembled exactly the same as every M-4 sold to Uncle Sam. Each and every one. No shortcuts, no differences in the military weapons and the civilian weapons save for the differences in the full auto and semi auto function. Since that time, I've had numerous opportunities to compare the builds of M-16's procured through the Department of Defense, and Colt 6920's provided by Colt Defense. Everything about them used to be the same other than the differences in the full auto and semi auto parts.I never saw where a colt ar15 was anything special . I built our AR's with the parts I wanted to use . .
One thing for sure, GIs don't go to war with frankenstein built guns. If a Colt M4 is good enough for the last 17-years of war, it's more than good enough for a multitude of services.A Colt 6920 gives you a decent rifle at a reasonable price. Nobody is claiming it's the best out there or even the best bang for the buck. But it's a good weapon. Yes you can build a better rifle yourself for less, but that's assuming you have the space and the investment in tools, and that you are willing/able to do the research into the right components. Having enough mechanical skill helps too... don't forget there are guys out there who can't even change the spark plugs in their car.