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I got a few pictures of the BCG stripped to show the differences in the parts and the size compared to a 5.56 and other 308 pattern rifles.
The BCG stripped for cleaning. The firing pin retaining pin slot has a very nice recessed slot to protect it.
Firing pin and firing pin spring. Colt says DO NOT remove firing pin spring from the firing pin.
901 bolt with firing pin. You can not tell from this picture but the gas ring on the bolt is one piece.
Front view of the bolt face. Notice how thick and strong the lugs are. This is a heavy duty part and shouts QUALITY. Just like all Colt rifles, the bolt is MP inspected, proof fired and hardened. Not in batches, but every one.
The inside of the carrier still looks clean even after 500 rounds fired with no cleaning or lube.
Massive cam pin.
Here is the charging handle. Notice the ridge, or lip on the bottom rear.
A look up into the upper receiver. If you look close you can see the part added for piston conversion on later models.
Check back for more testing of the 901’s accuracy out to 1000 yards coming up.
Catherine Kim submitted this:
Growing up in a beach city in Southern California, firearms were not a common household item. In school I was taught the NRA was “bad.” I had not seen or touched a gun until my mid-twenties. Because of the media, I associated guns with violence. Why do we need guns? Won’t the police protect me? Aren’t guns for criminals? In an idealistic world of course I want to believe there are no needs for weapons, but as my family members and I were put through dangerous situations I became realistic. I have to be my own protector.
We reach an age where we want to try different things and venture out. I’m a strong believer you can’t be judgmental unless you truly try to understand from both sides of the view. So after celebrating New Years in Las Vegas, I decided to go to the gun range. My first firearm was a M249 SAW… a machine gun. My heart was pumping with anxiety. I had never heard a gunshot before. It was loud and the room was cold. Will I do this right? Will I hurt others or myself? I quickly learned it wasn’t that bad at all. Actually it was exhilarating and fun. From that moment the inner firearm fanatic grew. I’ve learned there’s a whole other world to shooting whether for target practice or hunting. It’s not just for the “bad” people. It’s opened an exciting realm full of adventure.
Today, I have several firearms and although I have expanded my knowledge, I am still constantly learning something new. I love shooting guns and my bow. Sometimes you just need to conquer your fears and then you will realize that it’s not bad at all. You only fear what you don’t know. I encourage my friends (especially females) to try it. Go to the range with someone that is knowledgeable and have a good time. I think what most people will realize is it’s a lot of fun and with the proper training you can make it into a hobby you truly love. Now, I am the protector of my house and a proud member of NRA.
We are going to be adding a Q&A to looserounds soon. If you have any questions you want answered about anything gun related, or military related just ask. We have noticed a lot of people searching for info close to what we are writing about and realized we could answer those questions uf you just asked.
Also You can ask about the Colt 901. As far as I know we are the first to have any thing interesting about it up so feel free to ask whatever you want about it. We will have a lot more to say about it in the coming days, but if you can not wait or we didnt cover what you wanted. Just ask. Sorry but we can not tell you where babies come from. Try to keep it gun related.
Loose rounds was sent the new modular 308 rifle from our friends over at Colt Defense today. This is the new gun that has a 308 upper and a lower that can take a 5.56 upper to with a slight addition of an adapter block. I got the gun and did a few groups with it and took some pics to get them up for everyone to see. Much much more to follow in the weeks to come!!
I set it up for the groups using a Leupold in Larue mounts. Shot at 100 yards with match ammo.
A lot more to come. I will be running it pretty hard and shooting it out to 1000 yards. More if I can pull it off. But this is a hint of things to come.
and yes, the 901 will take a bayonet
I went on a trip to Michigan recently. During this trip I ended up using my hand held light for 40 minutes one night. It still boggles my mind that some people feel it is not necessary to carry a flash light, however that is beside the point. This use drained the battery in my light, so in the morning I went to replace the battery. Turns out both Panasonic brand batteries I bought with me as backups were dead.
So from now on I am going to check my spare batteries before I pack them.
LaRue has announced an upcoming price increase. At the 1st of next month prices will jump 7.5 to 12.5%. While I understand that prices will change, and that change is normally upwards, it saddens me to hear of this. I already know to many people who have bought far inferior gear just to save a few dollars. I hope that this increase in price won’t discourage new buyers from buying LaRue products. If you were planning a purchase from LaRue, might as well try and get it in before the price increase.
Yards vs. Meters. Turns out there really is a difference. In the USMC we often used the two terms interchangeably. However yards are not the same as meters. Currently the Army uses a 300 meter zero on their M4 carbines. This is accomplished by firing point of aim (POA) point of impact (POI) at 25 meters with M855 ammunition. This puts the round about 7 inches over POA at 175 meters, and 7 inches low at 350 meters.
Zeroing at 300 yards with the same ammo gives you a max hight of 5 inches over the point of aim (at around 175 yards), then the round drops to 5 inches below point of aim at 350 yards. However at 350 meters the round is about 9 inches below point of aim. I have not double checked the numbers yet, but it looks to me that the distance numbers on the detachable 6/3 carry handle for the M4 are a better match if you are shooting in yards instead of meters.
For many civilians, the 300 yard zero may be more practical then the 300 meter zero due to the flatter flight path under 300 yards. Most ranges are measured out in yards, so a reduced 300 yard zero could be had by having your impacts 1/2 inch low at 25 yards or 1 inch high at 50 yards using your 300 yard sight setting. As always, when possible confirm your zero at distance.
One last thing, please don’t try to get a 300 METER zero by shooting at 25 YARDs. This is closer to a 350 meter zero, and puts your rounds about 10 inches high at 200 meters. If you want a 300 meter zero on the M4, shoot at 25 meters.