Now here is something we all wish we would find at a yard sale. A complete box of never issued twenty round Colt M16 magazines. Never used. Made in 1970.
The cotton bandoleer came with 7 pockets of two stripper clips of 10 rounds each. The box comes with 7 mags. The bandoleer will hold the loaded mags. Who knew there was a time when the government got something right that made sense?
Middletown, PA. (January 20, 2020)- IWI US, a subsidiary of Israel
Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd, has just released the first IWI US rifle
manufactured and assembled entirely in the United States.
IWI US is pleased to introduce their first M4 variant rifle, the ZION
15. The ZION 15 is a 16in Tactical Rifle that includes a 15in Free
Float MLOK Handguard, a B5 Systems Stock, and Grip, and includes one (1)
30 round Magpul PMAG. The ZION 15 is what America loves in a rifle,
with the IWI signature quality control and attention to detail. Built to
a stringent military specification set forth by the US and IDF forces
for operation, the ZION 15 will meet the expectation of today’s
The IWI US ZION 15 was developed as the flagship model to ensure that
production of IWI products will continue in the USA, even if the
shipment of foreign-produced firearms becomes restricted. The creation
and production of the ZION 15 is in no way an attempt to divert business
from Israel, but an attempt to stay true to the IWI roots and continue
to support Israel despite the impending threat of restrictions.
“This is a great step forward for IWI US and our supporters. IWI/SK
Group has invested a significant amount of time and money into this
process in order to have a long-standing business venture in the United
States and to continue to serve the American public with high-quality
firearms well into the future. The ZION 15 and the manufacturing
equipment it brings, fully establishes IWI US roots here in the United
States.” Jeremy Gresham, Director of Sales and Marketing of IWI US
The ZION 15 has an MSRP of $899.99. Additional information can be found at the IWI US website, here iwi.us/product/ZION-15. It should be free for every US tax payer who wants one.
who collects Colt AR-15’s knows that there are many part variations across
Colts AR production history. As a newer collector (I began collecting in 2017)
I come across new (to me) variations on a pretty regular basis. On December
1st, 2019 I came across a Colt rifle stock with a ‘CS’ marking on it. I had not
seen this stock variation before nor had I seen any online discussions about
the Colt CS stock. Curiosity leads me down rabbit holes and away I went.
search for information on the Colt CS stock began with a Google search. The
search results were limited to mostly archived posts on AR15.com. Simultaneous
with the Google searching, I had made a post on AR15.com in the Colt ‘Industry’
section looking for information as well. The Colt ‘Industry’ section has
several knowledgeable collectors that visit there. I additionally found some bits
of information from other places like snipershide.com and M4carbine.net. So,
the information that I am presenting here is a combination of data gathered
across the internet and some data that originates from me.
History and origination of the Colt CS
The history of the Colt CS stock goes back to World
War II and originates with the Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk I rifle as used by the Canadian
military. The rifles were produced with different lengths of stocks available
in Bantam (B), Short (S), Normal (N) and Long (L) lengths. The use of different
stock lengths continued when the Canadian military converted to the C1A1
(FN/FAL) rifle beginning around 1955. The C1A1 was available with Short (S),
Normal (N), Long (L) and Extra-Long (XL) stock lengths.
Canadian military had a simultaneous rifle development program going on during
the same time that the United States was developing the M16A2 rifle. These
programs were so closely aligned that the Canadian military had a Canadian
Forces liaison officer working with the United States Marine Corps in the
program that was officially known as the M16A1 Product Improvement Program. The
Canadian liaison officer would call back USMC test results to Canada and they
implemented lessons learned into their rifle development program. Born out of
the liaison with the USMC was the Colt Canada C7 rifle which was adopted by
Canada about 1984. This rifle later evolved into the C7A1.
Colt CS stocks discussed in this article were used on the Colt Canada C7/C7A1
rifles. Design specifications in the C7 program continued the Canadian military
tradition of having multiple lengths of rifle stocks available for Canadian
military personnel. The stock lengths used on the Colt C7/C7A1 rifles were
Short (CS) and Normal (A2 length). There was an additional .5-inch (13mm)
spacer available to increase stock length if needed.
with a ‘nestled’ S, as seen on the stock below, is an abbreviation from the
French / English combination of Court / Short. Court is the French word for the
English word short.
Fixed stocks were gradually phased out of Canadian
service around 2004 as the Colt Canada C7A2 with collapsible carbine stock came
History of the Colt CS stock in the United
not able to identify exactly what year that the Colt CS stock became available
in the United States. Information found on the internet indicated that the
stocks appeared around 1991 on civilian rifles. The Colt CS stock is featured
on two Colt rifle variations in the Colt 1992 firearms catalog. The two rifle
variations that featured the Colt CS stock are:
Model R6530 Sporter Lightweight (.223 carbine with CS stock)
Model R6430 Sporter Lightweight (9mm carbine with CS stock)
If you look closely at the rifles in the catalog
photographs, you can see the ‘CS’ letters on the stock just behind the rear of
the lower receiver.
I have not been able to find any solid evidence of the
Colt CS stock being factory installed on any other rifles. However, we also
know that just because a product appeared in a catalog doesn’t necessarily mean
it appeared in the retail market and vise-versa…products could have appeared in
the retail market and not the catalog.
seen former CS stock owners discuss selling these stocks for anywhere from $50
to $225 dollars. This CS stock is the first one that I have seen for sale in
roughly two years (2018 – 2019) so they seem to be pretty rare. My winning bid
on December 1st, 2019 was $193 dollars so I paid about average current market
value it seems. Several people have stated that they still have factory rifles
with the CS stocks present. Several factory rifle owners have talked about
having removed the CS stocks over the years and replacing them with various
other commercial stocks. Obviously, that is not a good move from a collector’s
Technical details of the Colt CS stock
The Colt CS stock is popular for being made from the
more durable A2 rifle stock materials but maintaining the A1 rifle stock
length. For comparison I have provided the following data using three stocks
that I have on-hand:
A1 stock length: 9-7/8 in. A1 stock weight: 15 ounces
A2 stock length: 10-5/8 in. A2 stock weight: 14.9 ounces
CS stock length: 10 in. CS stock weight: 13.3 ounces
The ‘trap door’ on the CS stock storage compartment is
a metal assembly. The inner compartment is yellow to facilitate seeing items
I hope that you found this article informative. Please
feel free to comment and provide any additional information that you may have.
I have been using the BCM Mod 4 charging handles for years and it is my go-to charging handle on all AR type platforms. I have not purchased the newer BCM charging handles since they modified and changed the design about two years ago (to the Gen2 design).
When I first opened the packaging and threw the new BCM Mod 4 into my new AR, I was surprised that the medium latch appeared to be a lot smaller than the older original Mod 4 charging handles. I was immediately thinking I might have to go with the larger Mod 3 charging handle because there might not be the same amount of latch surface I was used to running.
I pulled one of my older BCM Mod 4 charging handles and compared it to the new Gen2 BCM Mod 4. The new charging handle is a lot sleeker/compact and does not protrude out as far sideways or forward with the latch.
After running the new Gen2 BCM Gunfighter in the same manner I have used the older BCMs, I really see no functional/operational difference even though it is slightly smaller. I can still run the Gen2 medium with the flat/palm of my support hand or with my index finger and thumb grip. With a shooting glove it is even easier as you can be extremely aggressive with the charging handle. I would suggest gloves if you are training hard.
The new serrated cuts in the back of the charging handle latch assist in the index finger and thumb grip, that I primarily use. The additional serrations provide a very positive grip and I can see it working well with a stuck case or having to aggressively charge the handle to clear the weapon or a malfunction that does not require mortaring your AR. This is still enough latch to kick start the thing if you are unfortunate enough to have to do this.
I do not feel it is necessary to move up to the Mod 3 Large charging handle with the new Gen2 design. With the new lower profile of the updated Gen2 BCM charging handles, I do not feel I am losing anything function wise, but it would appear it is even more snag free on gear.
Now if you have one of the older BCM Gunfighter charging
handles, do you need to switch it out for the new design? No. If you are
getting a new AR and want to have the same function and size as the older BCM
charging handles, stick with the same size in the Gen2 BCMs. Is the new design
an improvement over the older charging handle? I believe it is. The BCM Mod 4
medium charging handle is still the best option for snag free and positive
function compared to the other sizes. If you have a G.I. charging handle, upgrading
to a BCM of any kind is a must IMO. The Mod 4 medium is the best all around
size. I have seen them for under $40.00 dollars at several places. If AMBI charging
handles are your thing, BCM has them as well.