Colt CM901 Information

Colt has a fancy new weapon in development – it’s called the CM901. Basically, it’s a .308 caliber AR that will also accept standard 5.56mm uppers and magazines using a special adapter (which they aren’t displaying for the public at the moment). A PDF file with more info can be found here.

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11 responses to “Colt CM901 Information

  1. Ferris2son

    What’s the point? Wouldn’t two rifles be much better? Help me out…

    • There is a potential for improved logistics at the company/battalion level, if some institutional changes were made, because there would be only one serialized item (the receiver).

      Then again, unit armorers would probably scratch serial numbers into the uppers, so…

  2. Chris

    Doesn’t the scar allow this without changing the entire upper?

  3. Any news on when these rifles might be available to the public?

  4. Redchrome

    I may not like the AR platform for a whole host of reasons, but the people at Colt are very far from stupid and they look to have a winner here. The main reason this thing will be perceived as great is due to backwards compatibility.

    Microsoft and Intel learned to their detriment that trying to abandon broken-by-design-but-apparently-working-well-enough legacy designs in favor of better designs that were not backwards-compatible is a disaster from a business perspective. Partly this is because users have a ‘hurdle’ to overcome, which may be more mental than practical in some cases, but which may have substantial logistical implications in others. Another reason however is that if the end user breaks with the legacy system, why should they choose your new system over anyone else’s?

    So Colt has a huge incentive to keep the Army on the AR platform. If they can’t keep the government AR contracts coming, they may not be able to downsize and reorganize enough to stay in operation — and they certainly won’t be recognizeable as the same company.

    That having been said; the CM901 really is a tremendously innovative step forward for the AR platform. They have an opportunity to break with some of the bad design features since the 7.62 upper will not be legacy-compatible with anything. (Note that they talk about redesigning the bolt and putting steel inserts in wear areas).

    From a tactical perspective (I hate using the word ‘tactical’, but I think it is appropriate in its original sense here). The interchangeable uppers is a real win over designs that require changing barrels and lowers, because it allows very rapid conversion with no re-zeroing of sights. There are some weight penalties; but that’s the tradeoff. Add in some heavy-caliber uppers like the Zel Custom ‘Tactilite’ units that allow .338 Lapua on up to .50 BMG to be fired from an AR15 lower, and you now have a rifle platform that can shoot anything from .22 LR to .50 BMG with off-the-shelf parts. Only Duke Nukem might carry all those conversion kits with him on a mission; but armorers and commanders will be glad to have those conversion units sitting on a truck or in a warehouse at the base.

    • Chris

      So your saying it’s better to abandon all the AR lowers we currently have and all the 308 AR10 style guns to get a lower that our old AR uppers fit (which we are looking to replace with some sort of piston upper) and proprietary 308 uppers (which we’ll have to buy)?

      This makes no sense from any perspective. It doesn’t save money or increase our capabilities and doesn’t address any of the deficiencies in our current arsenal.

      It isn’t innovative at all and shows a clear lack understanding of current interests from the military in regards to small arms which lies in guns like the HK 416 and the SCAR family which are innovative, liked in the field, and give us capabilities we didn’t have before.

      • Redchrome

        Chris,
        I’m not going to claim that I know the future; and I’m not going to claim that I know for a fact you’re wrong. I’m just telling it like I see it (that the army owns a bajillion tons of M16 uppers and logistics associated with them and would like to avoid throwing that away) and not going to debate it and we’ll see who’s right.

        Really, in a lot of ways I hope you’re right.

  5. MrMaigo

    That’s not a standard upper, the pivot pin is in the wrong position.
    They could have just taken an AR10 and made a 5.56 conversion. Colt is just wasting more money.

  6. Eddum Tnecniv

    Sounds pretty potent, 4 MOA with M118 ammunition from the 5.56 variant.

  7. Redchrome

    MrMaigo,
    the part they aren’t showing is some kind of proprietary adapter that adapts a standard AR15 upper to this new lower design. They’ve been very hush-hush about it. All their documents so far (and all logic) indicates that this thing will need to be as parts-compatible as possible in order to survive.

  8. BaddFrogg

    THE COLT CM109 WILL BE A SUCCESS. THEY HAVE 30 MILLION DOLLARS IN RESEARCH MONEY. THIS IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. COLT HAS THE BEST TECHNOLOGY AT THEIR FINGERTIPS. COLT WILL NOT FAIL AND THEY WILL RECEIVE A CONTRACT. EVEN IF THEY DONT GET THE GOVERNMENT CONTRACT. THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WILL FUND THEM WITHOUT RECEIVING A CONTRACT. TO MASS PRODUCE THESE FINE RIFLES. ALSO THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL PURCHASE THESE RIFLES AND NOT THE CHEAP AK RIFLES THE INFERIOR VENEZUELEN GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE MASS PRODUCED IN A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY. FACT IS STRANGER THAN FICTION. GIL.

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