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Old 10-27-2013, 02:27 AM   #1
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I am almost made up on which AR-15 I am going to get first and am looking very strongly at the Colt LE6920 with Magpul furniture. However, I am very new to the AR world so want to know what reasons there are not to get it and what I should get instead. Is this a good option?

So far, the only con I can see is the carbine-length gas system. How big of a downside is this? Is there anything else I'm missing?

Please note that I cannot build an AR in my current situation.

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Old 10-27-2013, 02:33 AM   #2
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nothing wrong with the colt. my pref is for the bcm guns. no building necessary. find a complete lower slap a bcm upper on it.

my only beef with colt is they dont come in midlength. i just prefer the smoother recoil impulse of the midlength. to me its noticable.

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Is the Daniel Defense any better? It's about $200 more for the DD V7.

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Is the Daniel Defense any better? It's about $200 more for the DD V7.
In my opinion, Id go DD Mid length, Colt, then whatever else. Mid length is nice, but isnt a bad thing if you get a carbine. That is how they were designed I believe.
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Colt, BCM, and Daniel Defense all make great rifles. They're all great choices.

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Forgot about BCM. Scratch that. DD, BCM, then Colt. Negligible difference though really. Imo. Also, I know you said no building, but Im just curious as to why? Time? Tools?

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You know.....I build and sell rifles for a living. Just saying.

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In my opinion, Id go DD Mid length, Colt, then whatever else. Mid length is nice, but isnt a bad thing if you get a carbine. That is how they were designed I believe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAR-15
Weren't the carbine length actions built to be used with shorter barrels than are legal for normal purchase? I also find the midlength to be noticeably smoother. Do Colts still use larger pins? That would kinda limit after purchase parts replacement.
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Nice thing about a Colt is it tends to hold it's value.

I have a 6920 and 6940, and it would take $$$$ to make me want to part with them....



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Colt is not a bad rifle.

I think at times there have been some corners cut and they've skated by on name recognition alone, they seem to be in a constant state of bankruptcy (which can impact QC decisions), and they don't offer midlength gas systems. Those are the reasons I don't buy Colt. But I'm not about to state that their rifles aren't good enough. They probably are. I just believe (given all stated information) that there are better options for me.

Basically, I think Colt's AR-15s are generally pretty solid. But I trust neither their business decisions nor the resulting quality from one rifle to the next. And I really prefer midlengths and am comfortable enough building my own rifle to my liking.

I may never own a Colt, but I'm not going to deter anyone from buying one. Do a little homework and figure out what works for you...Colt may well be the ideal rifle for you. And even if building isn't something that works for you, don't be afraid to buy a complete lower + complete upper from a credible source. As JonM mentions, slapping the two together requires less skill than the most basic cleaning (literally seconds), and might result your rifle better suiting your desires.

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