Colt M4 Carbine (CA Compliant)
Colt M4 Carbine (CA Compliant

First a little history thanks to Wikipedia.

The AR-15 is based on the 7.62 mm AR-10, designed by Eugene Stoner, Robert Fremont, and L. James Sullivan of the Fairchild ArmaLite Corporation. The AR-15 was developed as a lighter, 5.56 mm version of the AR-10. The "AR" in AR-15 comes from the ArmaLite name. ArmaLite's AR-1, AR-5, and some subsequent models were bolt action rifles, the AR-7 a semiautomatic survival rifle and there are shotguns and pistols whose model numbers include the "AR" prefix.
ArmaLite sold its rights to the AR-10 and AR-15 to Colt in 1959. After a tour by Colt of the Far East, the first sales of AR-15s were made to Malaysia on 30 September 1959 with Colt's manufacture of their first 300 AR-15s in December 1959. Colt marketed the AR-15 rifle to various military services around the world, including the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps. The AR-15 was eventually adopted by the United States military under the designation M16. However, Colt continued to use the AR-15 trademark for its semi-automatic variants (AR-15, AR-15A2) which were marketed to civilian and law-enforcement customers. The original AR-15 was a very lightweight weapon, weighing less than 6 pounds with empty magazine, though later heavy-barrel versions of the civilian AR-15 can weigh upwards of 8.5 lbs.

Today the AR-15 and its variations are manufactured by many companies and have captured the affection of civilian shooters and police forces around the world due to their accuracy and modularity.

The trademark "AR15" or "AR-15" is registered to Colt Industries, which maintains that the term should only be used to refer to their products. Other AR-15 manufacturers make AR-15 clones marketed under separate designations, although colloquially these are sometimes referred to by the term AR-15.

Now on to the review.

We don’t really need to review the Colt M4, everyone knows this is a top quality weapon. The closest thing we can get to a military M4. FYI…Mil-Spec does not mean you are buying a military issue Colt M4…they DO NOT sell the military ones to the public, just like they do not sell the military issue Beretta M9 to the public although there is a civilian version you can buy.

My favorite thing about the AR series of weapons is they are very customizable. And I love to customize my weapons. The possibilities are almost endless and you can see by the breakdown of how we customized this M4 it can easily double or triple the price you paid for just the gun.

You can choose from endless choices when it comes to customization, from the cheap NC Star products to Magpul and Troy Ind. Products. Personally I would never use cheap aftermarket products on any of my weapons, but ultimately it’s up to the individual consumer.

On this particular M4 we went with mainly Magpul and Troy Ind. The Magpul Enhanced Trigger Guard is aluminum instead of plastic, the MIAD grip is configurable and has storage for batteries and although the CTR stock is a little more it's worth the money.

We went with a Troy Battle Rail, Troy Rear Flip Up Sight, Leupold HAMR with Deltapoint and an Inforce Light.

All - in - all we have around $4,000.00 invested in this gun and it's worth every penny. Remember that many times your optics will cost more than the gun itself. The Leupold HAMR is awesome and we were pretty impresses with the Inforce light. This light requires no tape switch since the button is built in and works very well. (See the pictures below)

At the range we pretty much just shoot PMC ammo through this gun. So far about 3,000 rounds. We do not use Wolf or any Steel casing ammo though any of our guns. The cheap ammo is dirty and to be honest I don’t trust shooting it through our guns, some of which cost up to $5,000.

If you’re looking for an AR series gun we would really suggest picking up the Colt. I figure the Delton is about $779.00, Bushmaster around $1,099.00 and even a decent Smith & Wesson is around $999.99. So for a couple hundred more you can get as close as you can to the real deal with a Colt. I know, an S&W M&P 15 Sport is around $650.00, of course you get no forward assist and not even a cover. You really do get what you pay for, and you never know, someday you may actually need this rifle. Really want the cheap version then?

Also remember, make sure the barrel is marked 5.56. Despite what some people think….223 and 5.56 are NOT exactly the same. Stick with the 5.56 barrel.

Have fun shooting!

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You can see since the original review we added a green laser sight from Sight Mark.

To our surprise it turned out to be not too bad of a unit. So far with the laser mounted we have fired around 1,000 rounds and it hasn't really lost zero and is still working. Not too bad for a $125.00 green laser.

Still...soon we have to add the DBAL to this rifle.
By: Brandon Gonzales
Staff Writer