Colt M4 Carbine
Colt M4 Carbine incorporates a direct gas operating system. The magazine-fed, shoulder-fired carbine is of straight-line construction. The forearm, buttstock and pistol grip are made of high-strength materials. Colt M4 Carbine offers a high level of fire-power and lightweight mobility.
The Colt also has shortened barrel allows the forces to operate in close quarters battle (CQB). The barrel configuration accepts all standard rifle grenades and all US as well as Nato rifle grenades. The weapon has a MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail and can also be fitted with optical sight night vision systems, laser sight, sound suppressors and bi-pods. The M4 has more than 85% commonality with the M16A2 rifle.
Colt M4 Carbine has an overall length of 84cm and a barrel length of 35.5cm. The weight of the carbine with 30-round magazine is 3.1kg. The weapon can be comfortably carried by soldiers, due to its compact dimensions. It is the only 5.56mm carbine in the world to meet or exceed the US Armed Forces MILSPEC standards.
Reliability of Colt M4 Carbine
The second phase of the PIP involves the acquisition of a new bolt carrier for the M4 carbine. The Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PM SW) concluded the competition for the bolt and bolt carrier assembly in April 2012. The PM SW received 11 designs from the manufacturers. The existing bolt carrier design surpassed the competing designs during the testing. Phase two also calls for a forward rail assembly competition.
Throughout the world today, Colt’s reliability, performance, and accuracy provide our Armed Forces the confidence required to accomplish any mission. Colt’s LE6920 series shares many features of its combat-proven brother, the Colt M4.
The US Army is expected to place contracts with up to three finalists in 2013. The final winner is expected to be short-listed in early 2014. The deliveries of new rails are to be made by the summer of 2014 depending on the decision of the US Army.