Looks like Colt has decided to jump back into the x39 AR15 market. It’s been a long time since they offered a rifle in the commie round. The last one that was sold on the civilian market was the R6830 which I had one of for a while. You may recall I wrote a review of it years ago on the old site.
It show as well as you could expect. It of course suffered from lack of actual quality ammo when it came to accuracy. The non-chrome lined barrel was an odd choice too. And I wasn’t crazy about the A2 upper. They did make a flat top version of the carbine.
They also made an A4 upper in 762×39 could be purchased as a ” conversion kit.” That’s what I really would have liked to try.
The new one seems to be a straight M4 config.
Does Colt have their own x39 mags? Are they different in this iteration than in the older ones? The mags in the newer screen shots look totally different than in the older photos.
I agree with Shawn in that it appears that Colt may be providing C Products Defense magazines. We will have to see when more information becomes available. I would think there would need to be a low capacity magazine available as well for places with hi-capacity magazine bans.
I’m confident that Colt will not repeat using 5.56mm magazine bodies for 7.62x39mm ammunition like they did with the legacy models like the R6830.
Yeah, x39 mags in 5.56 Mag bodies seems like a recipe for disaster. Any kind of x39 in an AR seems pretty challenging based on the dimensions of the AR Mag well.
I dunno, I think 7.62×39 is an OK cartridge and useful for lots of things, but if you want one, an AR seems like the wrong place to put it. 5.56 is also a good cartridge and if you need something bigger bore in an AR, there are lots of choices for that these days that don’t give you all the trade-offs of x39.
And anyway all x39 is getting harder and harder to get with all the embargoes these days.
762×39 is a pretty lame round. much like 30.30 or 300blk out. I can think of nothing it does better than anything else in its class. The biggest issue is lack of actual quality ammo. The old colt 20 round bodies did work fine though, blocked at 10 rounds they fed fine. But who wants a 10 round mag only? I did have one of those Cproducts 30s. the old Cproducts, they work fine, Not sure about the current incarnation though. I hear bad things
I like both 7.62×39 and 30-30 as very capable deer/home defense cartridges that won’t beat you up. You can run either on somewhat larger and tougher game like black bear and elk, too, if at limited range, which is awfully tough to do with 5.56. I don’t like how 300 BLK tends to blow up 5.56 ARs so if I wanted similar ballistics from an AR, I’d probably go with 300 HAMR or .350 Legend.
But different strokes for different folks.
If I want something bigger for elk and bear I move up to a 308 WIn
The 7.62×39 and .300 blackout have very similar ballastics, but the ammo is WAY cheaper, and will more plentiful world wide, when the $hit hits the fan. I have an AK, but it is hard on recoil, and suffers from a tererible trigger. I like the idea of the AR platform with internal buffer, and can share ammo between both rifles.