Originally Posted By W_E_G:
I'm going to predict that this thing doesn't get much traction.
A one-size-fits-all attempt at answering a question nobody is asking.
You can already get .308 AR lowers from a variety of makers, for reasonable $$$.
Most of the AR crowd with $$$ to burn already has one or ten AR's in .223 caliber.
Why would anybody want to take their .223 upper off the .223 lower, just so they could mount it on a a bukier adapter-equipped .308 lower?
The military is not going to contract for this.
If Colt wants to sell .308 AR's, they need to get their price in line with DPMS, and all the others.
This expensive "solution" is a decade too late.
The multitude of "in-the-anodizing" camo patterns don't much interest me.
I will say I do like the 6940-type "monolithic" upper receiver and handguard arrangement on a .308 gun.
Ambidextrous controls on the Colt are nice, but I'm not going to pay big $$$ premium for that.
Get this gun (or something similar) down to 6940 prices, and people will buy.
The Army uses the M110 SASS, or Semi Automatic Sniper System. It's an 7.65x51 AR-10 based rifle built by KAC that has been modified to use more AR-15 parts for increased parts commonality. Apparently while the snipers like the rifle, they want a smaller, lighter rifle that doesn't have the function problems of the current M110. The Army also has a request out for a replacement or modification for the rifle.
Colt's rifle shoots the same round, has a shorter barrel, and weighs the Army recommended sub 9 pounds, unloaded. Knowing Colt's working relationship with the U.S. military, it's not a hard stretch of the imagination by any means to see Colt try to fill that spot. Add in the modularity of the 901 and it gives the operators, or at least single units, a wide array of options to suit different situations. It could also lead to the Army purchasing a set amount of the lowers, and then purchasing uppers as needed based on mission requirements. The government is all about slimming down it's parts and equipment catalog.
In the civilian market, the upper swap ability will be a boon for those who can't afford to buy a complete and different rifle when they want to swap calibers or barrel lengths. Buying an upper is cheaper and easier to do than a complete rifle. Colt may not sell more rifles, but they may end up selling more uppers and other parts which could make up the difference and possibly more.
As long as the rifle is priced right, there will definitely be a market for it.