Question about Colt 6920...


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JackTheRipper
March 7, 2011, 11:21 PM
There are SO MANY freakin' AR-15s that I simply can't make up my mind...

I thought I wanted an Hk MR556, but I really don't like the price and the weight of it...

I was curious if the 6920 is a good rifle to accessorize? I see it doesn't really have picatinny rails like the 6940 does?

I'd like to keep it under $1500 I think (I can go over a lil)... I'm looking for something really light (lighter the better), great quality/reliability (I dunno which to choose DI or piston), and a well known brand. (I guess chrome lined isn't that important if the barrel is made really well right? Like a hammer forged)

My cousin was telling me about Del-Ton ARs (I do like the fact they are made in NC), but I read that they weren't mil spec... Plus if I spend around $750 on a rifle, I mind as well get one that has the name brand cool factor for a few hundred more (not to mention resale value)...

Sooo what's the general opinion about the Colt 6920?
I'm not gonna lie, I do like buying name brand things, simply because they typically are well built, come with great warranties, have great resale value, and of course the cool factor! ;) (I'm being honest! Don't nail me to the wall!)


I dunno if it matters or not, but I did end up buying an AK-47 (Saiga, modified by Red Jacket, yea I know I spent too much), it will arrive in about 14-24 weeks...

thanks a lot amigos

Jack

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OhioChief
March 8, 2011, 12:02 AM
Love mine. I don't have any other AR's to compare, but all I can say is, it's great. Accurate, never a problem. I have a few other uppers that I slap on my Colt lower, and there's never an issue. I think many manufacturers are pretty good these days, but a few years ago I probably paid about 1,200 for my colt. And it just works. doesn't matter what I feed it, it just chews it up. Don't want to debate it, I'm just happy with mine.

Balrog
March 8, 2011, 12:25 AM
The 6920 is the gold standard against which all other AR's are compared. Its a quality built rifle, and as good as it gets without going custom. Even compared to high end AR's it will hold its own quite well. Plus, its a Colt, so it will always have better resale value than other brands.

chris in va
March 8, 2011, 12:25 AM
I don't own an AR yet, nor do I play one on TV. However...after exhaustive reading on various boards doing 'research', I've learned a few things.

Chrome lined bore and bolt are your friend. Definitely something you need.

The Colt seems to be il-primo in AR circles with a golden halo around it.

Skip anything with an A2 fixed handle if you plan to use optics like a red dot.

For mere mortals such as myself, I'm scrimping, selling and saving for a Spike's Tactical mid-length. Seems to be a close runner up to the Colt at 3/4 the price. I gather the 'carbine' length gas system is a bit harsh with somewhat more recoil and punishment on the bolt.

I too thought the piston gun would be the path to enlightenment, but have been adjusted by the masses and now understand a good AR with M4 feedramps, chromed everything and proper magazines will eat anything at the dinner table.

Stuff seems to grow off these guns like Spanish Moss, so consider getting (something) with rails. Personally I like a cleaner, more functional gun so the standard handguard is just fine with me.


Maybe this helps...or not.

Gordon_Freeman
March 8, 2011, 12:53 AM
The 6920 is great. If I were you I would choose either the 6920 or 6940. I don't know much about the 6940, so I would do some research on that.
You can always add a magpul MOE handguard to the the 6920 so you can put rails on that. That is a really cheap way to add rails, and the MOE handguard fits really well on a 6920. The carry handle is removable so you can easily add an optic and backup iron sight.

Patriotme
March 8, 2011, 02:28 AM
www.vuurwapenblog.com has a great review of a Spikes rifle. www.tacticalyellowvisor.net is a great source of info on what to look for when buying an AR.
Of course www.ar15.com and www.m4carbine.net are also great sources.
BTW, I read somewhere that Del-ton is going to start releasing more info on their rifles so the consumer can judge how they match up against the competition (at least on paper). Perhaps you could contact them for info (couldn't hurt). All 'Black Rifles' look very similiar until you start looking at all of the little details.
Why not just go with Spikes as an earlier poster suggested?

Patriotme
March 8, 2011, 02:56 AM
chris in va
I've got a mid length BCM upper with a CNMG lower. I've also got a S&W M&P 15 carbine. I really can't feel much (if any) difference in recoil. Both guns are great and I believe the experts when they say that the middy is better but I really can't feel the difference.
It makes sense that the longer gas system will soften recoil and allow the gases to cool a bit more. Don't expect a huge difference in felt recoil though. AR's are pretty mild shooters.
I think that the carbines are just fine but the mid lengths are pretty cool because they're different, rarer and should function slightly better. Both of my rifles are 100% reliable so far and both shoot better than I do. I paid more for the mid length upper and really like it but I haven't seen any improvement over the carbine at the range (yet) or in reliability. This may change as time passes and more rnds go downrange.
Here's the kicker that even a layman like myself can enjoy. The longer gas system moves the front sight further out. You have a longer sight radius. This helps accuracy when shooting with iron sights.
Moving on. Most of us end up putting scopes on our AR's. A midlength has a longer handguard so if you do put a scope on your weapon it will look better on a middy. Some will disagree. To each his own.
Should you put a decent sized scope on a carbine lengthed AR it can sometimes look rediculous and will be too close to the front sight. I have a 3x9 Burris on my S&W and a 4.5x14 Burris on my middy. The 14x would look a little funny on the S&W and is just too long to look right. It fits the mid length much better. OK....looks shouldn't matter but when you spend $800 on a gun, $70 on a mount and a few hundred bucks for a scope you want it to look right. I'm sure that the guys that really spend big bucks on their M4's feel the same.
Lastly, the longer handguard gives you more room to mount things. Some people hang waaaay too much stuff off of their rifles but it's nice to have the extra few inches to move a bipod foward or change the position of a grip. It all depends on what you are setting the gun up for.
I like my S&W but if I had to do it again I'd buy the mid length from Spikes. The mid length just more sensible and less expensive than my M&P 15 (of course I bought at the wrong time). The S&W is still a great gun but I think I could have done better for less money. The M16 BCG would have been nice and I'd prefer a 1:7 twist. Live and learn.
BTW, where do you shoot in VA?

KvG
March 8, 2011, 01:53 PM
I have colt 6920. Sweet shooting and no problems with it. I have no optics on it and is very nice to shoot with open sites. If you looking to spend a few/several hundred less for a AR - try rock river arms or stag arms. Several threads here about both companies and the quality of their products.

I have a rock river arms lar 8 (.308) and it is sweet shooting. If i was to buy another AR in 5.56 it would be RRA or Stag - (left handed models)

Avenger29
March 8, 2011, 02:08 PM
The 6920 is a great rifle, but if you're paying over $1100 for it, you're getting a bad deal. At times they can be had for around a grand even, and I've very occasionally seen them for slightly less than a thousand.

The thing with Colt is they make great rifles, but they don't have a wide variety of configurations.

Strongly urge that you look at Bravo Company Mfg guns. Get the configuration you want right out of the box and you'll have a rifle equal to Colt for a bit less.

Dr.Rob
March 8, 2011, 02:11 PM
I have probably 2000 rounds in competition through my 6920 without a single jam. (I had to smack the forward assist 2x in the first 100 or so as I broke the rifle in.) It's NOT a target rifle, don't expect 1 hole accuracy out of it. If you keep your accessories to a minimum you can keep the weight down well under 8 pounds. All in all I am very happy that I saved my $$ and got a Colt.

That being said, depending on what you are going to use it for, it seems to me that S&W's M-4 style rifle is a darn good bargain, often $4-500 less than a Colt.

Rails add a lot of weight and bulk up front, if you know some other "AR guys," feel their rifles out. There are some modifications you may decide you don't want at all.

jeepguy
March 8, 2011, 08:26 PM
i have a bushmaster a3 m4 patrolmen's carbine and it has been good if i had to do it agin i would get the colt. i just wanted to add my bushy has been gtg and i have only experienced 3 ftfeed and that is with 2 brand new mags the first time i took it out and it never happend agin. i just think the colt is better overall and built to gi spec.

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