Originally Posted By DanTSX:
A lot of dubious assumptions here. While i agree that it would be interesting to see some more info on these, I'm half expecting a lot of people to start kicking themselves in the butt for not getting multiples of these when they were cheap/plentiful.
Saying that it looks like a "shitty x-brand...." From a couple of crappy pics says a lot more about the poster than it reveals about the gun.
Colt is well known to use up parts from another rifle before moving onto another newer part. That might explain the barrels right there.
Whether made by Colt or not, that barrel is not a barrel that is used on any other Colt production weapon. Nor is the upper, nor the lower, ect. The obvious parts commonality based on photographs is small, again, irrespective of where it was made at.
This is disappointing, and Colt has been known to license its name out and allow it to be used for lesser products. Those who like Colts and Colt parts have learned to look for the hallmarks of a "real Colt compenent," and this has none of them.
It may very well be an excellent value/bargain/budget rifle, but it lacks most all indications of being a Colt product of the same stripe as the LE and MT series.
::shrug:: it is largely irrelevant as I am not in the market that this gun, Hartford or no Hartford was aimed at, though it would have been pretty cool if Colt had released a budget rifle using their standard uppers, lowers, and BCG (and other small parts), as I typically re-barrel factory Colts anyways - but it probably would not have saved much money over a relatively standard Colt carbine model anyways, then.