Firearms

Colt’s Competition-Ready Bloodline 

Colt has been the sole manufacturer of the M16 rifle for the U.S. military since it was first deployed in combat during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. Since then, the M16 has proven to be reliable in combat and a performer in competitive shooting. In service-rifle competition, the rifle is as close to standard issue as a civilian can get with Mil-Spec A2-style buttstock, sights and round handguard.

With the booming popularity of 3-Gun competition, Colt’s ARs are going through a heretofore-unseen evolution of design modifications—many of them tricked-out for match competition by Colt Competition in Breckenridge, Texas. They are indeed genuine Colts—Colt Competition Rifles are licensed by New Colt Holding Corp. and are manufactured under license by Bold Ideas Texas.

Tricked-out competition guns include the CRX, CRP and CRL series of rifles, which are all hand-built in the U.S. with all U.S.-made parts. Built for 3-gun competition, these rifles come with an accuracy guarantee of 1 MOA (three shots at 100 yards) with match-grade ammo. Models are fitted with free-floated 16-, 18-, or 20-inch match-grade barrels made from 416 stainless steel and employing .223 Wylde Match chambers for reliable function.

They also come stock with Geissele two-stage match triggers, original direct-impingement action systems, extended tactical latch charging handles, and either two- or three-port Colt muzzle brakes. Most use a Magpul adjustable stock. Here are further details about individual Colt Competition rifles:

Colt “Marksman” CRX-16 and CRX-16E

Colt Marksman CRX-16
Colt Marksman CRX-16

 

 

Colt Marksman CRX-16E
Colt Marksman CRX-16E

The CRX series is Colt Competitions’ entry-level line, encompassing two models, the CRX-16 and CRX-16E chambered in .223 Remington with non-adjustable low-profile gas blocks. The twist rate for these CRX series mid-weight barrels is optimized for 50– to 77-grain bullets. They also have Colt Competition match triggers with nickel-Teflon coated parts, factory set at about six pounds. The CRX-16E is fitted with a match-grade 4140 chrome-moly steel barrel with a 5.56x45mm/.223 Rem. chamber and a 1:8-inch twist rate. The difference between the CRX-16 and CRX-16E is the buttstock. The CRX-16 is fitted with an adjustable 4-position carbine-style stock.  Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

 
Colt Marksman CRX-16
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 16 inches
Caliber .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO
Overall Length 32.50-36 inches
Weight Unloaded 6.45 pounds
Sights Colt Competition low-profile gas block
Stock Adjustable, 4-position carbine
Trigger Colt Competition trigger
Magazine 30-round Magpul PMAG included
Finish Matte black

 

 
Colt Marksman CRX-16E
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 16 inches
Caliber .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO
Overall Length 36.50 inches
Weight Unloaded 6.98 pounds
Sights Colt Competition low-profile adjustable gas block
Stock Fixed Magpul MOE
Trigger Colt Competition trigger
Magazine 30-round Magpul PMAG included
Finish Matte black

Colt “Expert” Model CRE-18

Colt Expert CRE-18
Colt Expert CRE-18

The Colt “Expert” Model CRE-18 series ups the ante for a mid-weight rifle with an 18-inch match-grade stainless-steel barrel with a .223 Wylde Match chamber. It’s also fitted with an extended Colt Competition charging handle. Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

 
Colt Expert CRE-18
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 18 inches
Caliber .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO
Overall Length 34.75-38 inches
Weight Unloaded 6.92 pounds
Sights Colt Competition low-profile gas block
Stock Magpul 4-position
Trigger Colt Competition trigger
Magazine 30-round Magpul PMAG included
Finish Matte black

Colt CRP “Pro” .223 Remington Models

Colt Pro Model CRP-16
Colt Pro Model CRP-16
Colt Pro Model CRP-18
Colt Pro Model CRP-18

The Colt “Pro” Model CRP-16 and Colt “Pro” Model CRP-18 rifles’ standard features include either a 16- or 18-inch barrel chambered for .223 Rem., a .223 Wylde Match chamber, and a low-profile finger-adjustable gas block. Colt Competition designs the CRP-16 for accuracy and performance. Test targets don’t lie. The CRP-16 features a match-grade 416 stainless-steel barrel with 6-groove button rifling and a 1:8 inch right-hand twist. The muzzle device is a Colt Competition “Triple-Port” muzzle brake.

The forged upper and lower receivers are precision fitted and are outfitted with a Colt Competition 12-inch vented modular free-float handguard. The grip is a Magpul MOE unit with extended backstrap and enlarged trigger guard. The trigger is a Geissele two-stage match trigger set to 3.5 pounds. The CRP-18 is set up like the CRP-16, except it uses a match-grade, custom-fluted, mid-weight 18-inch stainless-steel barrel, and a Geissele’s Super Semi-automatic Enhanced two-stage trigger that breaks at a clean 3.5 pounds. The flattop upper has a 13-slot Picatinny rail, making this AR optics ready. Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

 
Colt Pro CRP-16
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 16 inches
Caliber .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO
Overall Length 33.50-36.75 inches
Weight Unloaded 7 pounds
Sights Colt Competition low-profile adjustable gas block
Stock Magpul CTR 6-position
Trigger Geissele two-stage match
Magazine 30-round Magpul PMAG included
Finish Matte black

 

 
Colt Pro CRP-18
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 18 inches
Caliber .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO
Overall Length 35.25-38.25 inches
Weight Unloaded 7.22 pounds
Sights Colt Competition low-profile adjustable gas block
Stock Magpul CTR 6-position
Trigger Geissele two-stage
Magazine 30-round Magpul PMAG included
Finish Matte black

Colt CRL “Pro” .308 Winchester Models

Colt Pro Model CRL-16
Colt Pro Model CRL-16
Colt Pro Model CRL-20
Colt Pro Model CRL-20

Chambered in .308 Win, the Colt “Pro” Model CRL-16 and Colt “Pro” Model CRL-20 offer a step up in performance and power, with either 16- or 20-inch barrels. Geissele two-stage triggers and finger-adjustable low-profile gas blocks are standard equipment. The more maneuverable CRL-16 uses a Colt Competition Triple-Port muzzle brake to keep you on target when the shooting is fast. The 20-inch model carries an MOE pistol grip. The barrels are air-gaged for maximum accuracy.

 
Colt Pro CRL-16
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 16 inches
Caliber .308 Winchester
Overall Length 35-38.50 inches
Weight Unloaded 8.67 pounds
Sights Colt Competition low-profile adjustable gas block
Stock Magpul CTR 6-position
Trigger Geissele two-stage SSA-E match
Magazine 20-round Magpul PMAG included
Finish Matte black

 

 
Colt Pro CRL-20
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 20 inches
Caliber .308 Winchester
Overall Length 41.25-42.25 inches
Weight Unloaded 11 pounds
Sights Colt Competition low-profile adjustable gas block
Stock Magpul PRS
Trigger Geissele two-stage SSA-E match
Magazine 20-round Magpul PMAG included
Finish Matte black

How does your Colt rifle perform? Did you upgrade a standard model yourself, or buy one of the Competition specialty models? Let us hear about your experiences with the rifles below.

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Comments (6)

  1. My first rifle was a colt ar 15. I’m tainted now because I compare every other assault rifle to my colt. Hard to find a match in quality and accuracy.

  2. The AR-15 was first built in 1959 by ArmaLite as a small arms rifle for the United States armed forces. Because of financial problems, ArmaLite sold the design to Colt. After modifications, the redesigned rifle was adopted as the M16 rifle. In 1963, Colt started selling the semi-automatic version of the rifle for civilians as the Colt AR-15 and the term has been used to refer to semiautomatic-only versions of the rifle since then. Although the name “AR-15” remains a Colt registered trademark, variants of the firearm are made, modified, and sold under various names by multiple manufacturers.
    Quoted from Wikipedia.

  3. Colts are the original and beautiful guns. While on a long term contract in Iraq, my employer issued Colt M-4s (and Kimber 1911s), and they were top of the line. In two years I never had a failure of any kind no matter the circumstances or conditions.

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