Colt 6940 AR-15 Range Report- I lOVE this thing


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numaone
August 29, 2009, 07:35 PM
I went to the range this morning with a female friend of mine who has never shot a gun before. I try to take a new person out each week when I make my weekly expedition out to the Lake City (Osceola) Florida public shooting range. I really like it out there- it's a free range; they have about 18 pistol benches that range from 15-25 yards and 8 rifle stations from 50-200 yards.

We started with a couple of .22s. My Smith and Wesson model 22a was an excellent starting point. After teaching her the fundamental safety rules we started shooting at 7 yards. After watching her and going through a magazine, gave her some tips: bend your legs slightly, keep thumbs pointed at target, remember to breathe, she kept an entire 10 round magazine on the 6-inch target. Not great, but not too bad for first time out. When she was comfortable with the 22, we moved onto my Sig Sauer P226 (40) that I CCW. After getting her used to the recoil, she actually liked that one more than the .22- what's there not to like about a Sig, except for the price?

We moved onto the reliable 10-22 rifle with a Bushnell 3-9 scope ($50 on Amazon) at 25 yards. I had it "zeroed" for 100, so her shots were high. I told her to focus just on the groupings for now. Shooting off a bench with one sandbag, she kept 10 shots within a half-dollar. Then out to a 100 yards. The groups opened up. I told her about parallax and got the groups down to 4 inches or so at 100 yards.

Then we moved onto my baby- A Colt 6940 ($1450 on GB) with a Trijicon ACOG TA31F ($850 new on eBay) with a Wilson Combat Fore grip. We started off at 100 yards and I was spotting. Off a bench, her 3 first shots were within 3-4 inches. Both eyes open, put the top of the chevron on the bulls-eye and boom, 10/10! By the end of the first magazine, we decided to make an "official" 3 round accuracy check. She held 1.5 inches at 100 yards. Needless to say, I was impressed for her first time shooting. She was doing better than some of the "hunters" with 30-06s and with 26" barrels and Leupold 16X scopes out there. This was a fine piece of technology. I took it out to 200 yards. My first 2 shots were within a 1/2". the third opened the group to 1 1/2". I think i can attribute that to my current ability. I have no doubt this is a sub MOA gun. I was shooting PMC bronze 55 Gr 223. No complaints at all thus far! Time to give the gun some cleaning tonight and get it ready for the next weekend.

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kwelz
August 29, 2009, 09:56 PM
6940 is a good gun. I have some complaints about mine but I am a nitpicker. The barrel extension is a bit different so you can't use normal barrels and you can't use a normal receiver block without modification. These won't impact most users however and I am very happy with how mine performs just as you are.

One thing I would suggest to you, get some real rail covers instead of the ladder style. I had nice ladder pattern burns on my hand after about 600 rounds the first weekend I took mine out.

Rosstradamus
August 29, 2009, 10:36 PM
She held 1.5 inches at 100 yards. Needless to say, I was impressed for her first time shooting. She was doing better than some of the "hunters" with 30-06s and with 26" barrels and Leupold 16X scopes out there.

That's outstanding for her first time. You obviously did a good job communicating, and she absorbed what you said and applied it. Well done, both of you.

I too have seen thousands of dollars spent to get only basketball sized groups. Equipment gets you just so far. Aside from your good instruction, I think your friend brought some natural ability to the game as well.

Bongo
August 30, 2009, 12:45 AM
Does anyone know if Colt will be making a 14.5 SBR version?

kwelz
August 30, 2009, 01:07 AM
I am sure they do or will soon make one since this is mean to be a LE/Mil gun. However I don't know when it will be available to us.

ScareyH22A
August 30, 2009, 01:10 AM
1.5" at 200 yds sounds like sub MOA to me.

W.E.G.
April 6, 2010, 12:14 AM
...and I haven't even swapped out the crappy factory trigger

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