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Posted: 9/29/2004 4:19:45 PM EDT
I have a rifle that is all Colt as follows:

20" 1 in 7" A2 profile barrel w/birdcage FS (no Bayo lug)
Six pos M4 type stock (also have A2 Stock)
Lower is from a LE6920 Marked "Colts Law Enforcement Carbine"

I carry this at work, but our Department has purchased 6520's and gone away from the 20" barrels. I am grandfathered over with mine, so that is not the problem. The problem is I want BOTH but can't afford it, so I have to choose.

I like the ballistics and sight radius of the 20", and , being an A2 profile, it is pretty light. The 6520 is SUPER light though with the pencil thick 16".

On one hand ballistics, reasonable weight, and superior sight radius. On the other hand superior portability, and super light weight.

Any thoughts?
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 4:22:22 PM EDT
I prefer the pencil barrel "lightweightedness" if I'm gonna have to be carrying it all day, plus it will be faster to retrieve.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 6:14:16 PM EDT
I don't really carry it all day. Just to the cruiser where it sits until the SHTF or the shift ends.

That's not the 43% talkin' is it?

Thanks for the input.

Damn this is hard.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 6:41:57 PM EDT
just a thought........ but.............why not just get a carbine upper

that way what ever situation or mood your in you could swap them out
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 11:43:52 AM EDT
761 mph,

I thought about that, but Colt doesn't sell the 6520 upper. It has to have the Colt 1 in 7" and all Colt barrel markings or my Department won't go for it.

Anybody got a 6520 upper for sale out there?
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 11:54:18 AM EDT
I say keep/improve upon the old warhorse. You cite totability as the big pro for the replacement at the expense of sight radius and ballistics. We'd be having a different discussion of you were SWAT or mil (carrying it around all day). Since it's in the squad car portability is a minor issue. then when you need to "go to war" you have all the firepower and its corresponding benefits right there with you.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 11:55:38 AM EDT
Can't you just call ADCO or Eagle Firearms and have an upper built the way you like it? Like a flat-top upper with a Bushie Superlight barrel?
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 11:58:04 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 12:02:30 PM EDT

9 times out of ten when I have to use it, I am clearing a house. So that's one reason I was considering the shorter weapon for "turning corners" indoors.


Can't build the upper, has to be factory Colt or no go with the brASS.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 12:03:22 PM EDT

Thanks for the reply.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 12:10:14 PM EDT
You should sell Colt, just for the sake of selling Colt. Buy a Bushy...... they support us gunowners....
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 1:36:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/30/2004 1:44:33 PM EDT by Colt_SBR]
IMHO. I’d keep the 20" upper and look around for a 16" upper. That way you can have the best of both

Just a question. The person(s) that inspect your firearms, would they really know the difference in the Colt upper and the Bushmaster upper. The Bushmaster upper would be a very good choice. No one in my department knows one from the other. They all think AR-15's are illegal.

My Chief brought up the end on the ban and I told him about the two AR-15 I put together with post-ban lowers and pre-ban uppers. He thinks the Feds are going to drag me away. He's probably called them already.

Just my thoughts on your problem.

I just re-read your post. You said, the Department has purchased 6520's and gone away from the 20" barrels. Why can't you use one of their 6520's and keep your 6920?

Link Posted: 9/30/2004 3:32:23 PM EDT
TKO, found it here: http://www.sawlesales.com

Get ready though:

Part #: SA03020
Price: 799.00
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 9:12:37 PM EDT

just saw this in the EE


kinda pricy ...but its all colt...........

hope this helps (spending other peoples money )
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 6:19:14 AM EDT
I tried to IM you but it failed for some inexplicable reason. Anyway, have you considered selling your 20" upper? If it's in excellent shape with a fairly low round count I'd buy it from you in a second. Lemme know if you're interested.

Link Posted: 10/6/2004 6:26:42 AM EDT
I wouldn't buy a new Colt. One of the nice things about the AR15 is its modularity, multiple parts sources and accessories. Given the non-mil-spec pin sizes used for the fire control parts, this makes getting replacements or improvements more difficult.

I think of it this way, an AR is like a 1911 - very wide spread and made by a ton of people. Would you by a 1911 that used a non-standard barrel link or hammer pin? So you could use your choice of barrel or hammer?

I own quite a few Colt rifles and handguns and I admit a bias for the horsey. But when I wanted to get a new semi no-ban gun, I went with RRA.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 7:03:01 AM EDT
Go check KY Imports I bought an A2 upper with a 1/7 pencil barrel for 579.00 a couple of weeks ago. I slapped some M4 handgaurds on it and you cannot beat the wieght.
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