Apex Gunsmithing

Rant: The Colt LE901 Scrooge Edition

If you have an expensive new product and want to increase sales, you have a few options.  You can tell customers to suck it up because your product speaks for itself and is worth every penny.  You can cut corners and discount the gun, run special manufacturer sales or rebates and try to attract more buyers.  You can also take the current product, make a "budget" variant and remove some odds and ends and premium features that buyers can add later on.  With the modular LE901 rifle, Colt did the latter.  Sort of.

The problem is that Colt seems to have a different definition of odds and ends as I do.


SR-762 Bolt Group

In discussing the SR-762 recently the topic of carrier tilt came up, which is an issue that has plagued piston-equipped AR-15 type rifles for a long time.  Ruger's own SR-556 rifle had its fair share of carrier tilt problems at release, but after a year of working the kinks out the rifles from early 2012 or so onward seem trouble free.  Other manufacturers worked out their own fixes, but it seems like a common thread between them is reduction of part of the bolt carrier body.  This is the fix Ruger opted for in the SR-762, pictured below.


First Impressions: Ruger SR-762

Ruger has been on a kick the past several years: revisions to the venerable Mini-14, a wave of concealed carry type pistols, introducing a piston driven AR-15 platform rifle, and bringing back the takedown concept with the 10/22 Takedown.  Most recently in the rifle world they decided to take on the much smaller .308 AR market with the SR-762.