Colt or Armalite at the same price?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by nvrgvup, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. nvrgvup

    nvrgvup New Member

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    About ready order a Colt AR6721 or LE6920. Leaning more to the 6721 for at the range. However the Armalite M-15 with the mid length gas an 2 stage trigger has me intrigued.

    If they were all about the same price what would you pick?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. sandhills writer

    sandhills writer New Member

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    :D I have both. Both great guns, but you can never go wrong with a Colt
     

  3. fsted2a

    fsted2a Active Member

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    I'd go along with Sandhills on this one. Both are great quality, but Colt has the name recognition, which can translate into a higher resale value.
     
  4. samnev

    samnev New Member

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    Colt 6721

    The Colt 6721 would be my choice.
     
  5. ccase39

    ccase39 Member

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    I don't know and can't comment on which is the better option but didn't Amaralite design the AR?
     
  6. fsted2a

    fsted2a Active Member

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    Eugene Stoner was working for Armalite when he invented the AR10, which was the original design, and they still hold the trademark for the AR10. When the military (Air Force, I believe, because General LeMay wanted the pilots to have the lightweight rifle to survive when they got shot down) wanted a rifle, they first went to Colt to get something that shot a .22 so the troops could carry more ammo. Colt got the contract and worked a deal out with Armalite to use the AR15 trademark and design for the lower caliber. I think Stoner was instrumental in the lower caliber design and specs. Not sure of all of the details, but that is it in a nutshell. I am sure some other members will see some details to add or correct at a later date, but due to not too hot internet connection right now, I am just having to go off of memory from a research paper I had to do at BNCOC in 2008.
     
  7. BRL

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    My personal humble opinion is if you plan on selling your AR-15 somewhere down the road to your typical buyer, then I would go with the Colt brand name.

    You can always tell them that each bolt and barrel is magnetic particle tested...if the QC guy is actually paying attention to each and every bolt & barrel coming off the assembly line that is.

    Other than that, I understand that most uppers and lowers come from only a few forges, and the best are forged from T-7076 aluminum or something like that.

    If I was planning on keeping this AR, and wanted to reduce aftermarket purchases, I would probably prefer a mid-length gas barrel and a 2-stage trigger from the get-go.

    YMMV.
     
  8. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I will agree that a colt will have a better resale value. Your average Joe has never heard of Armalite. Armalite? Do you need to seal your crawl space? :)
     
  9. Quentin

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    Of those three I'd go with the Colt 6920. It's an excellent duty AR, lighter and better than the heavy 6721 and ArmaLite. Now Colt also sells a lightweight (and I think, superior) version of the 6920 worth looking at, the 6720.

    ArmaLite makes a decent midlength AR but they're so darn heavy. It is important to point out that they aren't the original ArmaLite that developed the AR-10/AR-15, that company went under long ago. Eagle Arms bought the name and the rights to "AR-10". Eagle/ArmaLite have done good things, including developing the first midlength gas system everyone wants today.

    I used an ArmaLite HBAR upper for my first AR but sold it to get a much better Daniel Defense LW midlength upper.
     
  10. ccase39

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    Thanks for the info!


    Sent from my iPhone using Firearms Talk
     
  11. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The Colt 6720 is my choice of carbine until something demonstrably better comes along at a reasonable price.

    The Colt 6721 has a heavy profile barrel with a 1 in 9 twist.

    The Colt 6720 has a light profile barrel with a 1 in 7 twist.

    The Colt 6920 has a government profile barrel with a 1 in 7 twist.

    Here's my take on the issue:

    1. Heavy profile barrels may be better for tighter groups as the barrel heats up, but the difference is marginal. If you heat up your barrel enough for it to have a significant effect on accuracy, it generally means you're in deep trouble and an inch either way of exactly where you were aiming means squat.

    2. Government profile barrels are fat on the end and skinny under the hand guard. It permits you to mount a grenade launcher, but most of us don't have grenade launchers and few, if any, of us have any 40MM grenades.

    3. The light profile barrel does heat up quicker, there is some dispersion or stringing of shots as a result, but it's a carbine and most of your shooting is going to occur at room-to-room distances, so a little shot to shot dispersion amounts to a lot of nothing.

    The real question is this:

    Do you want a target carbine?

    If so, then go with the 6721.

    Do you want a M4 look-alike?

    If so, then go with the 6920 (or 6921 if you are willing to get the tax stamp).

    Do you want a light weight defense carbine that is plenty accurate and quick to move from target to target?

    If so, then go with the 6720.

    The number of perfectly good carbines that were ruined by adding unnecessary pounds of weight to them with unnecessary crap is astonishing to me. I try to keep it light and easy to point because, from experience, heavy weapons suck if you actually have to carry them and/or use them.

    If you don't have to carry it anywhere, then it doesn't matter. If weight is not a consideration, then get whatever you like.

    I've owned all three. I sold the other two and I still have the 6720.

    Apart from the barrel profile and twist rate, there's no other difference between the three apart from cosmetic features.
     
  12. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Good post kbd512! Really covers the various Colt models well. And I agree with you on the 6720, that's the Colt AR-15 I like the best. I came close to getting one but instead went with DD and BCM midlength pencil barrels.
     
  13. toddchaney

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    Colt 6721I'd personally go with the 6721, mainly for the heavy bbl. and the ammo flexibility afforded by its 1:9 twist.
     
  14. samnev

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    6721

    Not quite true. The 6721 with the 24" SS barrel also has and enhanced trigger that is far superior to the stock 6920 trigger. More like the NM trigger on RRA's and has the A2 stock rather than the M4 stock.
     
  15. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You're referring to the 6724. That's a different model with a completely different configuration from the models I've made reference to.

    I'm not sure Colt still makes that model.
     
  16. samnev

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    Colt 6724

    Yo are correct I was referring to the 6724. Can't keep the models straight.:eek: But I'd still go with the 6721 because of the heavy barrel.
     
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  17. therewolf

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    I can't speak to Armalite quality.

    I can say I like my Colt AR. Just meat and

    potatoes, but sturdy, solid, and dependable.

    It's got a HBAR 1/7, and with the right ammo,

    I can shoot 3MOA with iron sights, if I do my

    job and concentrate.
     
  18. nvrgvup

    nvrgvup New Member

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    Thanks for all the input. I just received my Colt 6721. It will be mostly for at the range so the weight shouldn't be an issue. The prices now I think are really good and Colt has a promotion for a free soft side case.

    It looks nice and I am really pleased with the fit between the upper and lower. No movement at all. Trigger is also quite good for a mil spec. and being new. Not crazy about the forging flash in the trigger well, however not a big deal as it's normal for Colt.

    Threw some Magpul funiture on it which looks nice.

    Have to get out this weekend to the range.
     
  19. fsted2a

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    I think you will be happy with your Colt for many years.
    Enjoy.