This is what I sent to COLT to be refinished;
This is the CAR under restoration. The upper is the guns original piece. You can see the damage from an as yet unspoken accident that occured before I bought it. There are marks on the upper, lower and telestock buffer tube. They are light dings but deep enough not to be able to be completely erased. The lower was sent off for refinishing without the upper for some sort of coating before I bought it.
I originally sent it in 5-3-2002, 164 days ago after being promised approx 35 day turnaround and that they could finish in the proper COLT GREY color as the original rifle. Two weeks later receive letter informing me Black is only color available, call in to confirm bad news, advise them to go ahead anyway. At least it will be factory I figured.
Waited about 30 days, called in and the less-than-helpful Maria chick knew nothing, have to call the "guys in the custom shop" tomorrow and let me know.
No call back next day.
So I called, talked to rude a$$hole Michael guy who knew nothing, have to call the "guys in the custom shop" tomorrow and let me know.
No call back next day.
Finally after 4 days I found out that my rifle was waiting still for some batch to get big enough to send out. 6 weeks, no progress. Get helpful/polite Cindy on the phone, no problem, rifle will be refinished this week. Decide to wait.
Call next week, less-than-helpful Maria chick who knew nothing, have to call the "guys in the custom shop" tomorrow and let me know. Figured out to ask for helpful/polite Cindy everytime.
Called helpful/polite Cindy next day, bad news, rifle was refinished but the lowers front pivot pin area was broken off during reassembly. They will pull a lower from production, machine it to match old A1 slabside style and put in line to be refinished, be 30-40 more days till I see it. I tell them leave it A2 (mag fence), Cindy appologizes profusely and says no problem about A2.
Call back later 40-50 days, can't recall, rifle is still in refinishing, ship next week.
Call back next week leave message for helpful/polite Cindy to check status. She leaves message on my voice mail, rifle will ship Thursday 10-4.
I call to confirm, possibly get tracking info. Helpful/polite Cindy tells me "guys in the custom shop" said it was made wrong, the front pivot pin is large pin instead of milspec, won't go together with my upper. Cindy appologizes profusely, gives me manager of Custom shops number, guy named Dick, whom I call, no return call, I am freaked out for a while.
Then I call back to tell them to put an offset adapter pin in it and get it back to me. Then the story changes (clarifies) to the hammer/trigger pin holes are "large pin" instead of milspec. The front pivot pin is standard milspec as it should be.
Seems they special pulled my fenced/reinforced but green label SN# lower out to mill the hammer/trigger pin holes and the machine was setup with the oversize drills, whoops. The option I had was They will pull a lower from production, machine it to have smaller milspec T-D-H holes and then put in line to be refinished, be 30-40 more days till I see it. Or I can take the botched lower. Helpful/polite Cindy throws me a bone and offers a new upper receiver, my choice (probably so they don't have to finish my old one, don't care really).
I tell Helpful/polite Cindy they can make it right by giving me new (obviously)trigger/hammer/disconnector in "large-pin", give me a trigger job and make it an A3 flattop and also "check the buffer tube for scratches". She promises it will ship asap and she will forward tracking info. This was on 10-7-02. I get a call on 10-8 saying rifle shipped and delivery is 10-10-02.
10-10-02, no rifle, 10-11-02, no rifle, then the weekend. Monday I call to get tracking info from Helpful/polite Cindy who appologizes profusely saying the "guys in the custom shop" were supposed to ship 2-day and instead shipped ground. I use tracking number to find out that it has been delivered!!! On my PORCH, just laying there. I am an hour away, the beastly children of my neighborhood are out of school in 20 minutes. I call my mom who lives 1/2 mile from my house to go rescue it. She does, whewwwww!
I about sh!t when I opened the box.
It is a totally different weapon than what I sent in. It used to be A1, now A3 and they gave me a free carry handle (+) The upper is marked "M4" and features proper feed ramp cuts (+) . The lower is unblocked (+) , has mag release fence (unlike the lower I sent in) (+).
Far as I know it is the only Green label slabside to be factory manufactured to have a mag fence and other lower receiver reinforcements on the buffer tube threaded area.
They refinished my barrel (+), looks brand new. They gave me a new collapsable stock and buffer tube(+). The gas tube is new or replaced(+).
They gave me a new trigger (+) (stainless finish never seen one like it!!) and it is two-stage exactly 70ozs, crisp. The hammer-trigger-disconnector are the "large pin", non-milspec size but those controls did get a factory trigger job to make for a very usable trigger pull.
Previous aluminum marks from several disassemblies on the bbl are now gone(+). There were also scratches on the bayo lug and top of bbl from mounting a bayonet. It is minty clean now, no signs of use(+).
It is basically now a Government Carbine but in A3 Flattop with a free factory carry handle, full trigger job, M4 factory upper, perfect matching matte black finish and new stock.(++++++++)
There is one small nick/scratch on the left middle edge of the buffer lock plate, barely noticeable.
Not currently for sale ..|.. ..|..
THIS IS WHAT I GOT BACK;
Below is an album of many more comparative pictures of the before and after results, enjoy;www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=4292200427