Colt Goody Bag


I wasn’t a Colt fan until after I met Shawn. I had owned most of the other brands at that point and didn’t see the point of owning a Colt. Having met Shawn, his rabid Colt fanboyism rubbed off on me. Now most of the AR15s I own are Colt.

Why? Simply because I have had less trouble with Colt than other brands. Not “no trouble” but less trouble.

Anyways, I bought another Colt AR last year, and finally got it in this week. I’ll talk about it more later, but here is a teaser.

I like how the Colt used include a nice kit with each AR15. However in 2013 as a cost cutting measure they changed and reduced the kit to help keep the rifles price competitive with all the cheap low end ARs out there. I believe this kit was made back in 2012, as the kits were changing but not cut down yet.

This particular kit came with:

  • 2 30 round P-Mags
  • Cleaning Kit
  • Silent Sling
  • Manual
  • QD Sling Socket
  • Magpul RVG Vertical Forward Grip
  • 3 FDE Ladder Covers

In one way I wish more firearms would come with full kits of support equipment. But the simple truth of the matter is that most of us won’t use most of what comes in these kits. By leaving out accessories Colt was able to shave down the price a bit, and we can then buy what ever we want to use separately.


  1. My 6940 came with a similar kit. Tye differences were 2x 20 gi mags instead of the pmags, black rail covers, and no VG. Mine was also super early so the manual is 8.5×11 and punched for a binder. It also has an insert to explain how to remove the bottom section – it was forgotten in the first priniting.

    It is a shame as I thought the kit they included was a nice touch and added to the value of the gun. This is especially true for new shooter and 1st time AR owners.

  2. Colt has made a lot of bad decisions over the years, mostly regarding their product mix and getting too dependent on .gov contracts instead of diversifying into .com sales. But one mistake they’ve never made is pushing a lousy product out the door. (Well, they’ve rarely made that mistake. The Colt 2000 wasn’t a good product, but they didn’t sell it for long enough to let it do much damage to the brand.) For that reason, I think Colt as a brand will be fine. I have never owned a Colt, but I sure wouldn’t be sorry to own one.

    -John M.

  3. I like the ‘goody’ bags as well. You got some good accessories with yours. I look forward to future follow-on article.

    One of the things I am trying to do now is document as many of them as I can on a Colt AR website that I recently started. One thing that die-hard collectors try to do is make their weapons complete by trying to find the accessories they would have come with. If I can get some of the AR accessory packs documented now, it will be a good resource for a collector ten or 15 years down the road.

  4. Damn. Those are some old school PMags. I keep waiting for the day Shawn gets confused and starts shilling for Anderson because he got his ponies confused.


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