I disagree. My experience running Bushy parts on my M16 is that their bolts break a little more frequently and that their internal parts (at least the M16 parts) are out of spec more often than Colt parts. Every manufacturer puts out junk once in a while but the question is how good are they about servicing it? Bushy competes with Colt pretty well in terms of customer service but some of their stuff just isn't as nice.
Colt uses a different chamber size for each length of barrel and Bushmaster does not. Generally, the shorter the barrel the looser the chamber on Colt stuff. This has the effect of making their stuff cycle more reliably.
I used a Bushy 11.5" barrel on my M16 and it was very accurate and reliable. It also cost 30% of what a Colt 11.5" barrel would have cost and the gas port was out of spec and the chamber was a little on the tight side.
Colt has a good point in this case, although I think it's just sour grapes on their part. I'm no Colt fanboy or "pony licker" but their stuff IS generally better. It commands higher prices in the private sector and sells just as fast or faster than Bushy/RockRiver/ArmaLite/Oly/etc.
The right way for Colt to resolve this is through sales and advertizing. MAKE a better M4 and start selling a neutered semi-auto version once the assinine Cosmetic Feature Ban sunsets. Offer a semi-auto 14.5" barrel version to us mere mortals that live in states where we're adult enough to own them. I'd pay the $200 tax on top of $850 for a real Colt M4 short barreled rifle. They need to compete with Bush, Oly et al instead of suing them.
Note to the uninformed: Yes machineguns are legal. yes you can have them without a FFL/SOT in most states. you only need a CLEO signoff, photos, fingerprints, $200 and a 3 month wait. no you can't convert your junky post-ban neutergun until we get the 86 ban repealed.
Colt uses a different chamber size for each length of barrel and Bushmaster does not.
How great are the chamber variances from standard? I've heard of problems reloading brass caused by this (loose chambers), but have no personal experience.
posted on 04/22/2004 3:13:45 PM PDT
Yes machineguns are legal. yes you can have them without a FFL/SOT in most states. you only need a CLEO signoff, photos, fingerprints, $200 and a 3 month wait.
I can never remember: is the $200 a one-time ripoff, or annual? I have a short-barrelled pre-ban 7.62x39 Colt Sporter that I like just fine.
posted on 04/22/2004 3:57:16 PM PDT
by Hank Rearden
(Is Fallujah gone yet?)
I had a chance to compare a RRA and a Colt side by side. The Colt trigger sucked. It's a single stage trigger with tons of creep. RRA makes a two stage NM style trigger that breaks like a glass rod.
To top it off, the Colt was $400.00 more! I don't have to tell you which company got my hard earned Lurker bucks.
posted on 04/22/2004 4:21:12 PM PDT
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