The Best Time to Pull the Trigger on a Colt LE 6920—Figuratively and Literally

M16A1, M16A2, M4, M16A4

Colt has consistently manufactured the M16/AR-15 longer than any other company. From the ‘60s Vietnam era M16 to the current M4, Colt has also produced more AR-15/M16s than any other manufacturer. It has a history of working with the U.S. Government and setting the Mil-Spec standards for this platform. Simply stated, an AR from Colt is the standard by which all others are measured. In fact, you’ll often see the Colt 6920 referred to as an M4’gery, because it’s as close as you can get. The left side of the magazine well is even stamped “M4 CARBINE.”

It’s beyond argument to say Colt’s LE6920 is one of the best out-of-the-box AR-15s available. Law enforcement officers and agencies across the country carry the LE6920 due to its reliability and performance—the civilian market highly regards it for the same reason. There are other top-rated ARs that compare favorably to LE6920—Daniel Defense, CMMG, Knight’s Armament, BCM and others immediately come to mind, but all come at a premium price compared to the 6920.

The 6920

Colt’s 6920 comes in two different models the LE6920 and SP6920. The models are identical except for the markings, which isn’t to say the marking is irrelevant. Traditional LE6920s hold the distinction of wearing the following badge: “Restricted Military/Government Law Enforcement/Export Use Only.” These markings came about in the 1990s during the Clinton Administration’s Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The so called assault weapons ban kept them out of our hands for 10 years until 2004 when the law hit its sunset provision and the rifles were again available to the general public. Colt was later able to offer this workhorse to the public, but sadly has discontinued the LE6920, while continuing to offer its twin brother, the SP6920.

Colt LE6920 AR-15
This is your chance to not only own a great firearm, but a piece of history.

To find an original is a chance to not only own a great firearm, but a piece of history. Personally, I must admit: I enjoy owning a weapon that is stamped with a government-mandated message saying I can’t be trusted with it. Beyond being an amazing rifle, it gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence in the product and the American worker. It’s a reminder to myself, and a message to my children, to heed our Forefather’s words:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Although no great calamity has befallen the masses as a result of the Crime Bill’s demise, politicians will—sooner or later—make another run at restricting modern sporting rifles from the public. I would not put much faith that Obama—or the person to be elected—or some similar politician wouldn’t again deem us unfit to own sporting rifles such as Colt’s 6920s. Either way, although several LE6920s have been sold, keeping and holding a firearm with unique markings often brings a significant premium a decade or two down the road. Models once believed common, have paid for second homes or a kid’s college education a couple of decades later. Whether the LE6920 will be one of these guns… only time will tell. However, you can rest assured, you’ll never lose money on one.


Colt’s LE6920 starts with a high-strength polymer, four-position, collapsible stock on the lower receiver assembly and a standard, semi-automatic AR-15 trigger assembly inside. If you prefer a specific brand of custom trigger, no problem. The LE6920’s lower will accept any standard AR trigger assembly—that’s the beauty of a standard impingement AR-15/M4 with mil-spec parts and rails. You can throw any furniture your heart desires and wallet can support on or in it.

Something not seen on many of the ARs being produced today can be found under the M4 hand guards on the LE6920—double heat shields. That does not seem significant on the showroom floor, but it will after you burn through a couple of mags in quick succession. The muzzle compensator reduces muzzle climb and helps eliminate flash and dust signatures.

The upper has all of the standard features such as a forward assist, shell deflector and dust cover over the ejection port. More notable is the detachable carry handle—complete with A2 sights—and the 1913 rail (commonly referred to as Picatinny rails). This gives you the option to shoot it original or customize it to your linking. If you choose the latter, be sure to pick up a quality back-up iron sight (BUIS), which ranges from $60 to $200.

Carrier and gas key for Colt LE6920
The two bolts securing the gas key to the carrier are staked. This is a key to ensuring the bolts don’t work loose.

The bolt and carrier are significant parts are critical parts for mil-spec requirements. When you look at the top of the carrier you’ll see the gas key. The two bolts securing the gas key to the carrier are staked. This is a key to ensuring the bolts don’t work loose. In truth it is found on many ARs, but certainly not all. The bolt is also critical and should be labeled “MPC.” Colt uses carpenter steel and tests each individual bolt to check for micro fissures or defects that could cause a failure down the road. As far as I know… Colt and FN are the only companies that fire a proof load on every bolt before it is inspected.

All this adds up to a top-tier patrol or sporting rifle with a 16-inch button rifled, chromed barrel with a six groove, 1/7 RH twist that’s suitable for all combat 5.56 ammo including the NATO M855/SS109 and U.S. M193. A previously mentioned, the bolt assembly is M16 grade—both the bolt and barrel are magnetic particle inspected for imperfections.

Parting Shot

To say Colt’s LE6920 M4 Carbine is the Gold Standard of AR-15s, would almost be an understatement. In fact about the only quasi-negative comment I have ever received on the 6920 was “Gee, that’s a nice gun, but I bought a clone for less.” If only they knew, what you now know…


Model: Colt LE6920 Semi Auto Rifle
Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO chamber (accepts .223 Remington)
Barrel: 16.1″ chrome-lined, M4 barrel
Twist: 1:7″ RH twist, 6 lands and grooves
Magazine: 20 round removable box
Length: 32 inches, retracted – 35.5 inches, extended
Weight: 6.95 lbs


  • Forged A3 flat top upper receiver with removable carry handle rear sight
  • Gas operated, multi lug rotary locking bolt
  • Anodized aluminum upper/lower receivers
  • Standard A2 front sight base
  • Two piece, black plastic hand guards with dual heat shields
  • Black 4 position buttstock

Do you own a Colt? What is your favorite modern sporting rifle? Tell us in the comment section.

This post originally appeared on September 21, 2012.

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Comments (72)

  1. Believe me, I hunted and hunted for this one. And once I found it there in the shop I negotiated til no end with a cash offer that we both could agree upon. Well worth the time and negotiating strategy. Didn’t like the Magpul FDE furniture and rear sight on it so stripped it all off and sold it for $100.00 as well.

  2. So I just bought a LE6920MP-FDE pre-owned at a pawn shop here in Georgia two days ago for $649.99+tax. It was missing the magazine and vertical grip by magpul but have everything else. I wasn’t going to keep the FDE furniture as I had a OD furniture set already so I sold it today for $100.00 so the Colt has already saved me $100.00. So I’m only into it for under $600.00.

    Took it to my outdoor range today and was tagging plates at 200 yards like nothing. With just the Magpul OD flip ups no adjusting. I’ve never hit 200 yards before with any kind of consistency until today with the LE6920. I wasn’t even thinking about a Colt but my buddy was like “ABC….ABC….always buy Colt!!!” Now, I’m a Colt guy when it comes to revolvers I carry a Colt Cobra 1968 with the hammer shroud, have a nickel D.S., blued Lawman and Trooper. Love ’em. But never thought about Cold for a rifle. My AR’s were Ruger, Palmetto and Black Forge. Yes, I said were. After shooting the Colt today, I posted all 3 of them to sell to someone who’s looking for AR’s and sold 2 already. Hope to sell the last one and I’m going to scour my pawn shops to find me one more so I can have 2 Colts. Love this thing man. Great feel, great weight, accurate at least out to 200 (furthest we can shoot at my gun club) and people know a Colt when they see one. LWRC, Daniel Defense and others are nice to have and are big ticket AR’s but Colt is where it’s at man for sure.

  3. I grew up in NYC. I watched Die Hard and all the 80’s and 90’s action films and always wanted to own and shoot the guns in those movies as i had never even seen a real gun aside from a cop carrying his before. I moved to utah at 22 and first thing i was offered by a buddy was a colt LE6920 A2. came out of a new mexico swat teams arsenal that was getting new firearms. $700 bucks later I was a proud wonder of my first gun, and first colt. Was clearly a very well used gun in that it was carried everywhere but was not shot much. It has the old grey colt color and slim better seeming quality of furniture is cool. says restricted/ government/ military use only. I’ve put about 15,000 rounds down it in the past 7 years, best 224 i own. I’ve shot scars, augs, hk 93s, aks in 556 and many more and this is by far the most reliable gun i own. if you can find a colt, i would recommend getting one, and keeping it the way it comes.

  4. I am looking to purchase an LE6920 but can’t find one anywhere. I have looked everywhere locally and online. Any advice on how to go about ordering one and what entity could make that possible would be greatly appreciated.

    1. They are available just got one 2/28/16. LE6920-OEM1 for 750.00. Comes without the furniture so you can dress it the way you want. Colt is coming out of bankruptcy full steam ahead with 60 day backlog. Be PATIENT! Demand is high and they are on allocation. I was on a list with 6 large dealers for 2 months. One finaly came through. As you can see they are NOT discontinued.

    2. They made 3 diff models of the LE6920 the first edition LE6920 is what they’re referring about in this topic, 2nd Edition LE6920 had diff Rollmarks and M4A1 on side of reciever, 3rd design has M4 Carbine on it and can be purchased without furniture, Then they (Colt) sells a 4th 6920 in which uses same Rollmarks the 3rd Gen LE6920 has and comes with factory Magpul furniture, The Gen 2, Gen 3, Nor the Magpul Edition LE6920 rezemble even remotely close as the same Rollmarks on the Reciever, You can buy brand New 3rd Gen 6920 for less then a Grand brand new, Where as the Gen1 LE6920 this topic is talking about bring $2800-$3500 on Gunbroker gun auctions in Unfired condition, The Gen2 6920’s range from $1200-$1800, Again Gen3 and Magpul Edition can still be purchased from Colt for under a Grand…They aren’t even remotely close to having the same Rollmarks, Good luck

  5. Prob like the previous comment which means sporter. I bought my three Colts in 1992 and they are Sporter HBARs A2 type. Zero failures in 22 years, but I do have three part kits just in case. Did your Colts come with the larger trigger housing pins? Just wondering if Colt had changed to the standard pins or not.

  6. So i just received my 6920. The part number is le6920mp-fde. However it carries an “sp” serial number. The box and receipt both show LE. Why is it that it has both?

    1. @nathan: Your serial number has nothing to do with your model number per se. Colt has been using the “SP” prefix in their serial numbers regardless of the actual model number dating as far back as 1963.

      However, to make some sense of their serial system, the prefix in the serial number does indicate a broader class of that weapon. So for example one of the largest classes of their rifles is the Sporter line of ARs, but the LE model is a subclass within the overall Sporter line and intended for LE use.

      Another serial number prefix for example is “MT” witch indicates their Match Target line and is reflected in both the model number and serial number. So there is significance in Colts serialized prefixes, but it does not always make sense to the consumer.

      My understanding is Colt currently does not manufacture a specific consumer line of ARs, meaning when you order an LE6920, it is exactly what a police department would get if they were to put in the same order as you did and their serials would begin with “SP” as well..

      By-the-way, I own the same FDE model you just bought. It is a beauty. I love all the Magpul MOE furniture and MBUS. I added an EOTech EXPS-3 to top it off.

  7. I bought an LE6920 a couple of weeks ago. I love this thing. I am “investing” money into customizing to my liking. I have ordered Aimpoint optics, a vertical grip and looking for the top handle. I bought 4 Magpul 40-round mags (I live in Washington State so far no problems with anti-gun loons. ) I am shoot xm855 5.56x45mm through it. I highly recommend this rifle–it is a classic!

  8. Hi, I am a woman and want to purchase my first AR15- looking at Daniel DefenseV7 and Colt LE6920…you mentioned that the LE6920 is no longer made, but I see it listed on Colt’s website for sale. Is it a different year that you are referring to? I like the idea of having a piece of history as you pointed out…would like to find one of the model and stamp you are talking about…any information you could provide would be wonderful! I am new to this and just discovered my love for shooting and guns!

    1. @ Penny: There appears to be a bit of confusion the way the article was written. Allow me to clear up some confusion caused by this article’s inaccurate statement regarding availability of the Colt LE6920.

      The Colt LE6920 continues to be manufactured, however they no longer imprint the famous roll markings that read – “Restricted Military/Government Law Enforcement/Export Use Only” onto the side. These restrictive markings had been voluntarily added by Colt during the ban and only used for approximately 10 years (1994 – 2004) during the assault weapons ban.

      However, since the ban is no longer in effect, those voluntary restrictive roll markings have been replaced instead with new markings that read “M4 Carbine/CAL. 5.56MM” which can be found on any LE6920 in stores today.

      I also want to be clear here that this rifle is currently legal to be owned by both law enforcement as well as civilians now that the ban has expired and regardless of either type of roll markings.

      So the hoopla is in seeking out someone willing to sell their older Colt LE6920 with the old “restrictive” roll markings. But the rifle itself, for the most part, is no different than the Colt LE6920s made today. If you do find someone willing to sell the older version, expect to pay 3 times the amount for the privilege of owning this piece of history.

      So, with that bit of confusion cleared up, I shall now explain the Colt SP6920. Note the only difference is that the “LE” in the model number has been replaced with “SP” for “Sporter”. Otherwise nothing about the weapon itself is any different.

      The “SP” came about after the assault weapons ban was over. It was Colt’s intention to forever do away with the “LE” or “Law Enforcement” designation for good. The thinking was so they never again had to contend with any future stigma attached to “Law Enforcement” roll markings if there were ever more future bans.

      However, the “Sporter” or SP6920 markings were short lived as law enforcement procurement offices complained about having to update SKUs in their purchasing systems. As well, law enforcement officers simply did not care for the new “SP” markings on their rifles. And so the “SP” was dropped and “LE” added back. Until the production has run its course, we will continue to see both model numbers for sale, but the weapons are identical.

      As for your original question, if you have the opportunity to afford the old Colt LE6920 with the classic “restrictive” markings, I would go for it. However, if you are simply comparing a new Colt LE6920 with its standard roll markings against a Daniel Defense V7, it should come down to your personal preference and cost because both are very fine rifles.

  9. I see where Colt of Canada will be selling 2 models under the DIEMACO NAME for purchase by public and their third black gun to RCMP is an interesting item as it has a heavier lower for 308 or NATO SPEC and with its’ inserts for magazine well you can throw any of colt uppers in 5.56. And use the standard 5,56 mags.
    Colts twonew models are same mil spec as they supply Oggicial and Canadoam military only semi fire .
    Glad to see our NOB getting thrir weapons issues looking more positive.
    Complain all you want US but Canada is huge market and Colt through the KORTH GROUP under the respected brand name of DIEMACO will be introducing 3 more weapons this fall.
    Colts in wiyh US andbCanadian Gov gives it huge advantage in entering new weaponry and sounds like some changes will be coming from NOB to US no other w around.

    1. Hide Behind, I recently purchased a Colt Canada Diemaco Limited Edition SA15.7 Semi-Automatic Carbine. I haven’t been to the range to shoot it yet, but am excited as heck to now own one. I can hardly wait to try it out.

  10. Got my Colt LE6920 SOCOM as an impulse buy at Wallyworld when I was purchasing a gift for my father (he wanted a DPMS .308 sportical). Saw it on clearance for $997.00 (marked down from $1500.00) and immediately laid down the cash. It was also the one with KAC RAS drop in rails, came with 4 KAC rail covers and 1 30rnd mag. One of the best purchases I have ever made. I’ve been in the AF for 10 years, and it is EXACTLY the same as the M4s my Security Forces brethren are issued (drop in rails and all) except for being strictly semi-auto. Did a search recently, and just the 2 piece drop in rails go for around $350.00.

    1. @ Wes: I am truly jealous. Hell of a deal. I fantasize about stumbling upon such deals and never seem to though.

  11. Came home in 67 and bought civilian version m-15 colt, sold it when it was found to be inaccurate because Col was producing bent barrels.
    It was senator Ted Kennedy who stepped in and made them fix new production but not old.
    Always wonder today how many names on wall came of it and also how many tens of thousands of Vietnamese military died for same corrupt manufacturing.
    Odd deal but reacquired rifle years later and what had been unregistered was now on Fed Books (early).It has the barrel from Colt that we civilians could apply for(shipping cost only).
    Still fires fairly accurate, with newer ammo and with bushings still can take newer uppers.
    Lower remains same and upper still retains bolt etc
    To myself it is part of own wartime history although it was not at war it represents the end of battlefield rifles and introduction of new hi-tech weaponry and associated military and field tactics that we see today
    Still the damage to firearms owners for purely profit motive done by both, Colt and especially S&W, that even though they make fine weapons today make me not interested in their products.

  12. QUOTE:
    “Colt was later able to offer this workhorse to the public, but sadly has discontinued the LE6920, while continuing to offer its twin brother, the SP6920.”

    Uh, that’s not at all true. The LE6920 is alive and well, ready for immediate purchase.

  13. Well I own a Colt M4A1 SOCOM. I love it. I got mine around later January 2013. At that time I paid $1600 + tax that came to around $1800. It’s pretty much an upgraded LE6920. It has all the bells and whistles and I get compliments on it everywhere I go and anyone who sees it. For those who do not know, they do not sell these type of rifles at Wal-Mart anyone. They immediately pulled them off the shelf after the sandy hook tragedy. So anyone who says they did is not being truthful. Anyways. I know I paid a lot for this rifle when I could have got another AR or M4 for way less. Knowing that, I decided to go with the Colt M4A1 SOCOM is because of the name, Colt. They’ve been building these guns for years, have massively improved and maintained their quality control, and have a proven track record. My rifle came with extra goodies. There are 2 versions of the Colt M4A1. The version with the Daniel’s Defense rail system and the one with the Knights Armament rail system. I got the Knights Armament version. The Daniel Defense rail guards are almost too the end of the barrel and I didn’t like that. It came with a heavy barrel with 1/7 twist, MPI tested, chrome lined, mil-spec iron sights with MBUS iron sights. Came with Knight Armament rail covers, two 30 round magazines, a 2 stage trigger which is very rare with any Colt, M4 feed ramps, shrouded firing pin, properly staked gas keys, upgraded M-16 bolt carrier group, upgraded H2 buffer, fancy muzzle break (birdcage I believe), it also comes with LE markings for a reason. To show that the people can and will have a militia to protect the 2nd amendment that shall not be infringed upon. And a few other things I could go on about. Bottom line is this IS what specific soldiers and other personnel receive when they are issued their rifle with one exception. The military version has a selector switch for rapid fire. With the specs on my rifle, it IS the standard for which all other M4 and AR-15’s variants will be measured and as long as the debate continues and other manufacturers attempt to duplicate the Colt M4A1 then it will always be the best.

  14. look the main reason to have a 6920 is that it is an exact issue rifle. A standard 6920 is a pre 2003 military issue carbine and a 6920 socom is the modern variant. If you join the army today you will be handed exactly the same rifle. Kac rails and everything. I know because thats what we all get issued.

  15. That’s about what I paid for mine at walmart on valentines day so they are out there. Congrats on your find …I love mine. On another note I bet if you put a pistol grip and a collapsible stock on a shotgun, the gov’t would call it an assault rifle .. just saying …..

  16. You got a great deal @$1139 bucks. AR15’s with similar configuration are selling for 3 times more than that.

  17. Bought a 6920 yesterday at Walmart. It came with a Magpul Dark Earth kit with no carry handle, the kit included the dark earth color adjustable buttstock, bois, handguard with foregrip, pistol grip, and a PMag30 magazine, and a carry strap ring. It was a Match Target Colt Rifle LE6920 for $1139.

    1. @ DrGadget: What you’ve described is mine to a T. I picked mine up mid-2012 just before the Obama gun control scare made AR stock fly off the shelves.

      I bought mine at the Sportsman’s Warehouse with my law enforcement discount for $1,100. The only disappointment was it didn’t make sense to come with a black P-Mag since it had all that awesome dark earth furniture. However, that was quickly rectified after I purchased a dark earth P-Mag to match.

      I love my Colt as it sits alongside my other M&P, Sig Saur, and Bushmaster ARs.

  18. I have found several Colt LE6920’s online and in dealers stores. The dealers usually have to order them and can’t give you a delivery date though. I have a question for experienced Colt AR owners. If you had your choice which model of the LE6920 would you purchase (i.e., M4 Carbine, M4 Law Enforcement, restricted, SOCOM I or II, M4/A1, etc., and why? Would you purchase the 6920, 6921 or the 6940 and why?

    I’m buying one this week and I can find most of the different models for about the same price.

  19. I was trained on the m-1 and m14 many years ago in the marine corp. they are both great weapons when needed but a colt 6920 with a 1 in 7 twist shooting 80 grain match bullets will shoot with either one to 700 yds. the 90 grain bullets should do even better. the fast twist from colt is the answer. most other ar manufacturers ar’s are 1 in 9 twist to slow for the really long 22 cal. bullets that shoot long ranges well.

    1. I bought three Colts when I retired from the military in 1994. All three are A2 models and are .223 1×9 twist HBAR, 5.56 NATO 1×7 HBAR and the 762×39 1×12 HBAR. I put 30 rounds through each and did not shoot them again until mid 2008. I enjoy the 5.56 the most as I normally shoot SS109s and the heavier 77 grains. I shot some .223 50 grain in it and all twisted so fast they were all basically flyers. Don’t want any bad feelings but I paid less for all three of my Colts than one costs nowadays. I also like the Daniel Defense and Rock River 15s. And remember you get what you pay for and if your life depends on your weapon, get one of the three above 15s and they won’t get you in a world of hurt. Also, use the best ammo you can afford.

  20. Geez! $3895!!!! CTD has it listed right now! Now I feel better about my $1800 LE6920mp! Wow guys, what a huge markup on a gun that was sold at Walmart for $1200 – $1300 prior to the panic!

  21. Just purchased this today for 1800 cash brand new. Got the one outfitted in magpul, 2 30 round mags. I know price is steep but I’ve seen this same one sold for at least 2500 used on gun broker. Fact is every ar15 right now is worth 2k plus due to the political nonsense. I’m happy with my purchase and the price i paid at current market value is the cheapest right now on a brand new colt LE6920mp. Ironically Obama is helping the economy lol. Good luck finding a brand new colt ar15 less then 2k right now.

  22. Back in Sept 2012 I was looking for a 6920 with military only type markings. I was able to purchase 2 additional ones without these markings 1)$1150 and 2)$1300. I had two bushmaster AR15 10″ at the time. Amazing how much my ENTIRE gun cabinet went up after OBAMA and Frankenstien went all whack on gun control/ban. I had also been buying 30rd Pmags w/window for $14.99 and glad I stocked up as the cost today is a f ing joke ($49.99-??)

  23. well hopefully CTD will decide to quit price gougeing especally on there PMAGS the last time I looked they were chargeing almost $90.00 per mag, and thats agregious

  24. I had been searching for an AR15 and wanted a quality gun.There was already talk about the platform getting hit with a ban…. Then the mess in Newtowne…. prices went through the roof along with talks on a ban, and AR’s disappeared along with ammunition. Well I got on the net and saw fished through all the out of stock flags and finally stumbled on a limited availability for a Colt LE6920 at a walmart in North Carolina 2 hrs from where I live. I thought what the hay, so I called them and they said they were expecting a shipment in but didn’t know when. Kinda pot luck if you will and they took my name and number and told me they would let me know if any came in…… Well with everything going on and the news hit that Dick’s and Walmart were pulling their AR 223/556 cals and would not be selling them . I decided to build my own…. So I hunted and searched and waited and finally got everything on order settling for an AR BCG on a 6 month hold. then finally found a BCM BCG M16 auto for 360.00 available now so I gritted my teeth and paid for it. Just waiting for it to arrive home to join its Palmetto State 16in midlength upper matched with Palmetto State premium lower build kit to go on a LRB Arms stripped lower. and to join forces with the BCM gunfighter charging handle….Then it happened…on Feb.14th My wife sent me a text that I will never forget…”Call me don’t worry nothing is wrong” (she is recovering from surgery) So I called and she told me She received a phone call from walmart and they wanted me to call them so I did. The same walmart that I had called 2 1/2 months earlier advised they had a Colt LE6920 in stock and wanted to know if I still wanted it.. I didn’t ask how much, I just said yes and headed home. Four hours later I found myself 2hrs away from home standing at the counter of a walmart purchasing a Colt LE6920 for 1097.00 + tax …That’s cheaper than I had just spent to build my own !!I brought it home and pulled the BCG out and realized it was the the M4/M16 type ! Found some ammo and shot a half dollar pattern at 50 yards right out of the box.I absolutely love this gun !!! Now I have my other up for sale 🙂
    Oh by the way,I too saw the “our low price” price of 3895.00 at cheaper than dirt and now I laugh hahaha

  25. That’s because, my friend, prices change, but articles usually don’t. If you take the time to look up the LE6920 on Cheaper Than Dirt right now, 22Sep2012, you will see this rifle is available for $990.22. I’ve seen a lot of rifles at that price point, and not many cheaper that were worth it.

    Comment by Nauctshea — September 22, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Nauctshea, you did well. Today, Cheaper than Dirt has a limited quantity of Colt LE6920s, but they are asking “Our Low Price: $3,895.00” I think this is really gouging their customers. Very disappointed in CTD.

  26. I have read the Comments & I believe very few of you were actually in Vietnam. I was, 6th. 14th Arty, Nov.1967-Nov’1968, 175mm Self Propelled,Gun, guns have rifling, 8″ Howitzer, Howitzer, SMOOTH BORE, I know, you already know that.
    I had a Colt M-16, December 1967, M-14, Nov. 1967.Safe-Fire-Auto.
    The problem was in 1968 or so the Smart Government people changed the POWDER. The NEW POWDER was dirty & Jammed the M-16. They changed the POWDER back to a cleaner version.
    The Colt M-16 saved my life & others around me.
    Today’s market there is no such think as a Cheap Value AR-15. They are all priced too high.

    The COLT L.E.6920 has 4150 CMV Mil Spec. barrel, A Closed M-16 Bolt group. The proper F front sight to make it level.Other Manufactures use 4140 softer steel, a cut or half moon bolt, no MPC bolt. The fit of the upper to the lower is very tight. You will not see the light as other ar-15’s. The Quality is better than most, not all brands of ar-15’s are built the same.
    You pay for what you get. I know not everyone can afford the Colt. I can’t afford a Bentley.
    If you can find a L.E. 6920, compare the fit & finish to other brands. You can see & feel the difference.
    This does not represent Union or Management.

  27. Walked into Turner’s in San Diego today and they had a sheet of paper on the door, 6 Colt LE6920’s for sale, $1299 plus you had to buy $400 or more optics with it. I walked in, looked about and at my wife and bought one. Got an Aimpoint C3 Red Dot for $479. The store is empty, very few guns, little ammo. 30 seconds after I bought mine, the guy next to me buys one and ten minutes later they’re all gone. I can’t figure out how they got them, the whole country is ‘out of stock’.

    Same at all So. Cal dealers, no AR’s, no parts, no orders and no ammo. It’s very Feinsteinian. Went to Yuma, AZ last week and the same story. I suspect these will be outlawed here in California in a few weeks with the new democrat ‘super majority’ sitting in Excremento. I feel very lucky today that I beat the up-coming ban.

  28. LOL have your Colts I’ll stick to my Windham Weaponary anyday of the week and twice on Sunday LOL
    Enjoy your “new” Colt

  29. This was a fun and informative read (except for the Windham Weaponary rep) JK pops, you need a Colt LOL. But really the artical had enough historical facts that I secured a “Restricted Military/Government Law Enforcement/Export Use Only” stamped Colt LE 6920 today. Picking it up Thursday and taking it to the range on Friday. I know I shouldn’t use it because its mint and in the original box but I want to feel 17 again just for a day. Did the owner charge me 3000+ to return to my enlisted man days? No but he will do OK for the trade. Don’t pay crazy prices for these rare rifles from days gone by but if you have something of the asking prices market value and you are willing to trade then I say go for it. I will never let it go even if it will fetch 10k someday. It’s my little piece of history now and someday it will be my sons.

    We will wear that roll stamp marking like a badge of honor for the fight to bare arms until the day of rapture… then you can pick it up off the ground.

  30. The day after the election Colt sent a fax to all dealers telling them the price has gone up by $200. And good luck finding mags. “Cheaper Than Dirt” is no longer that with the price of P Mag’s at $60.00 and govt. issue at $129.00. It looks like the only company who isn’t price gouging is Windham Weaponary. I’m glad I purchased one of their rifles over Colt. I personally think they’re much better built than the Colt.

  31. This Blog was dead on and a good review. Today, January 16, 2013 you cannot find an AR of any manufacturer available. Cannot even find a lower so that you can build your own. It is going to be rough going and congrats to all those that were smart enough early enough. Ammo is out as well with restrictions on purchasing coming it seems. Wanted the Colt 6940 but would settle with the 6920 in any version looking forward.
    Take care all,
    Kevin Lynch

  32. I get so stinking tired of hearing that the original M-16’s were a piece of crap in Viet Nam…There was NO PROBLEM with the original Stoner design, nor a fault of the rifle itself…it was our OWN GOVERNMENT that changed the powder formula from IMR to ball powder with calcium carbonate (chalk) in it that caused the rifle to jam, and not enough cleaning kits were issued. WAKE UP!!! Get it right before you continue telling a story that wasn’t true about the design of the rifle. The congressional hearings back then (that Stoner himself had atteneded) had said who ordered the powder change was tantamount to treason!!!

  33. Excuse the typing errors on previous comment, I wasn’t a Remington Raider, in the rear with the gear. I meant early M16’s.

  34. The problems of the early 1916’s in
    vietnam were more from the formula change in the manufacture of the powder than the weapons themselves. I carried one for 18 months in Vietnam and have little problem other than overheating from firing to many rounds during combat. I have a Colt AR15A2 preban heavy barrel and have had it for 20+ years of good service. I served for 24 years, from M16 thru M16A2, as long as I took care of my weapons, they worked.

  35. The main advantage to the Colt 6920 is that it is mil-spec thru an thru..not one part in it isn’t.Mine purchased this june will shoot 3/4 inch groups on the iron sights set at a mechanical zero.Got mine at Larry’s pistol and pawn here in Huntsville Alabama.3/4 inch groups cost me 1000$ an tax…great deal on a great platform

  36. I have a LE6920 that coupled with a Trijicon 4X32 ACOG will drive a tack at 100 yds. I was lucky enough to have gotten an M16 bolt carrier assembly in/with mine. I paid $1169 for mine new and do not regret a penny of it. It has all the “Restricted” verbage as well. Of the 27 or so firearms in my collection, my Colt AR15 M4 is definitely one of my top favorites.

    M4 SPEC Ops…
    It’s like Barbi for men

  37. Not to steal the thunder of a Colt 6920 but if you want the finest Colt AR, grab a Colt 6940 before they are no longer available at a reasonable price and new. Out of a collection of 50+ of the best paramilitary arms, I still turn to my 6940 for the gun I would rely on if down to one.

  38. In 23 yrs in the Army I’ve been issued Colts, and FN’s whilr there both good weapons, but to be honest with you I’ll take my New Windham Weaponary M-4 over all the weapons I’ve been issued. (btw just in case you haven’t heard windham Weaponary is the original “Bushmaster” people, and their back in business)

  39. The author of this article failed to also mention, though he did say there are others, he should have noted that LMT (Lewis Machine & Tools) is also one of the best AR manufactures out there. He also stated, “As far as I know… Colt and FN are the only companies that fire a proof load on every bolt before it is inspected.” Let it be known that LMT also fires each rifle off the assembly line beofre it is sent out. Additionally, alomg with Colt, LMT also magnetic particle inspects for imperfections in the machined parts before assembly: Bushmaster does not, neither does Stag Arms, and others. My LMT AR15 5.56 1/7 cost $999 at my local gun store.

  40. Good articel. However I have to agree with, Comment by James Beard — September 22, 2012 @ 8:38 am. The early colt M-16’s were crap. Many US Service men died because of poor quality Colts in the early days. Far forward to 1990/94 serving in the USMC in the Colt M-16 was a good weapon. I trusted it with my life! Again in 2009 I picked up an M-4 as to protect myself and do my job as an Armed Security Contractor in Iraq. Company issued the Expats M-4 Bushmasters. As for the Other Country Nationals, “OCNs” They were issused M-4 DPMS. DPMS is the biggest POS weapon out there. Do not trust your life or waste you hard earned money on that POS! Honestly, I never seen so many weapons that didn’t work and falling apart! Of 220 DPMS weapons issused we had about 9 weapons that did not worked. This is not including the dozen in the Armoury that were tagged, DO NOT ISSUE FOR SERVICE.” DRMO, “JUNK!” However my Bushmaster was a good firing weapon. Never jammed with rapped firing. Even in the 130F heat. Bushmaster is just as good if not better as a Colt, for the price.
    Personal note: Since we got the “Worthless Commander-in-Chief” in office he has sold more guns than any president. Yes, I bought a few guns to include a Bushmaster and a Colt 6920. Damn good weapons. However the price for the colt was $700+ more than the Bushmaster. Paid the extra money for the Colt simply for the name. “Never again.” Just because we have a POS In the White House and he is selling fire arms. This doesn’t give reason for Colt to sell a “mass produced” guns for almost $2K. A stripped down 6920 is not worth anything more than $900.(an that is a bit high!) I think the prices went down but they are going back up because of election time. All in all….If you are will to spend the extra money. Buy a Colt 6920.

  41. I am a vietnam combat vet, 11b40 !967-68. My brothers all ask me why to this day I do not own a m16. Very simple answer, I hate the guns!People here brag about 1/2 groups at 100 yards? I made kills at 600 yards with my m14 rifle!I would rather have one m14 than 20 m16s of any type!

  42. Dear Cheaper than Dirt Shooters log:

    I use to own a BFR 45/70 single action stainless steel revolver single shot with 5 shot load. My Dad had a stroke on Christmas eve 2005 and I had to sell it. Well Dad passed away Oct 24th 2008 at 92 and a half years old. I had to pay out for nursing home after I could not take care of him on my own anymore, and sold my BFR 45/70 because of that. I am going to start saving up and buy the one you have for sale for $850.21 my local gun dealer I buy and had to sell from is Campbells in Hollidaysburg PA 3.4 miles from my home. It will be next summer before I can save the total amount you have listed. One question is do I have other fees and such seeing I am buying from you in the state of Pennsylvania like shipping to Campbells sporting goods in getting it here? Also any taxes and such? Please let me know.
    Also I really like the Colt LE6920 AR-15 in the picture by itself. I bet it would be fun shooting at the gun range I fill soda cans with water and shoot them for fun. A Winchester Model 70 30-06 can make the water fly! I am wishing to get the BFR 45/70 10″ barrel again before the LE6920 AR-15 so please let me know thank you.
    Please contact me any time except 10:00 am to 1:30 pm Sunday thats when I am in Church. Mom always use to laugh at me. She would say there you are on the last day in Heaven with Jesus and he looks sternly at me and says: “Stephan put the 44 magnum down you are not allowed to shoot satan!” 😉 My telephone is 814-626-1368 and my e-mail is and my address is 934 Shamrock Lane PO Box 25 Newry, PA 16665.
    I am Respectfully:

    Stephan G. Janosik.

  43. “Link stated “Best AR for the money”, funny how there is no price listed.”

    That’s because, my friend, prices change, but articles usually don’t. If you take the time to look up the LE6920 on Cheaper Than Dirt right now, 22Sep2012, you will see this rifle is available for $990.22. I’ve seen a lot of rifles at that price point, and not many cheaper that were worth it.

  44. staked bolts ? and thats why you should buy a colt ? there was a time when buying a colt meant getting a lower reciever that was built to spec instead of a reversed engineered copy, but no longer, now its all name brand reconition, but then some people will pay $200 bucks for sneakers with the right name on them.

  45. I love my LE 6920. Yes I paid a premium for the Colt name but it was worth it to me. I’ve shot thousands of rounds and the weapon has NEVER malfunctioned in any way. It’s light, reliable and extremely accurate. How accurate? 3/4 inch groups at 100 yards when scoped with good ammo. I can’t ask for anything more from a 16-inch carbine. My advice is to strongly conceder the LE or SP 6920 if you’re in the market for a quality weapon system.

  46. I can’t comment on the LE, having never owned one, but this article reads more like a Colt advertisement than anything else.
    Gun journalism is stuck in the 80’s, when military-type guns were status symbols for frustrated middle-class men to fantasize about. I want to know how well the thing functions, what the failure modes are… what practical reason is there to prefer it over, say, the SIG 556 when the ‘bangers kick in my door, or I’m roaming the plague-ravaged countryside looking for a tasty rabbit, or betting money on small groups with my shooting buddies? I couldn’t care less about the history of the design, the markings, etc. All you’ve done is make me aware the model exists, and one line would have sufficed for that.

  47. Yes indeed, Colt is the “standard” for all others to imitate. However, they have reached such a prestigious and lofty position from tax payers hard earned money (government’s lucrative contracts). They were also responsible for more of our military receiving Purple Hearts than any other reason during the early years of the Vietnam war. The M-16 would usually “jam” after the first two or three rounds fired. They did rectify the problem later.
    I agree with the article in it’s entirety, but whenever you are competing with the Federal Gov’t. for anything, you will have to pay top dollar plus.

  48. I continue to look for a LE6920 AR with the Gov’t Markings “Restricted Military/Gov’t Law Enforcement” so, if anyone has one or knows where to look for a good price on this gun, please send me a email ( ). I have found them but, they are either not in the greatest condition or, they are priced way to high for folks just looking for alittle history in Clinton gun ban happiness. I am sure that Bill and for sure Hillary would love OBAMA to pull off getting all AR’s along with lots of ammo types banned again.

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