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Thread: Are LE6920 M4 Carbines sold by Walmart of lower quality than other LE6920 carbines??

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    Are LE6920 M4 Carbines sold by Walmart of lower quality than other LE6920 carbines??

    Does anyone know if there are any differences between the Colt "M4 Carbine" LE6920 carbines that Walmart has been selling for about $1097 for the past several months and other LE6920 carbines that may be purchased elsewhere? Any "dirty little secrets" about the ones carried by Walmart? For example, I believe some product manufacturers have two versions of what at first appears to be the same product: the "regular" version and the "walmart" version, with the "walmart" version being made specifically to meet walmart's specified price point, and production costs cut any subtle or not so subtle way necesary to do so, possibly reducing end product quality.

    So...does anyone have any reason to believe that the Colt LE6920 carbines currently being sold by Walmart are somehow inferior to the Colt LE6920 carbines available elsewhere?

    Thanks!

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    The rumor that Walmart sells substandard or "factory second" guns has been around forever.

    The fact is, as reported by posters on other forums who WORK for Walmart in the gun departments, local Walmart stores order their guns from the same big distributors the local gun dealer orders them from.

    Walmart, like a lot of department stores like Sears, Wards, and Western Auto used to do, sometimes have a special run of guns made specifically for them. These are just standard models with something custom for the store like a different barrel length or a different stock.
    These are ordered by Walmart corporation in Arkansas and shipped to the stores. As example a friend of mine bought a Walmart-only model of the Ruger 10/22, which was stainless, with a longer barrel, and a gray laminated stock.

    No gun company can afford to run two production lines, one to make good guns and one to make substandard guns for department stores to sell.
    In addition, the liability for a substandard gun would have the company and Walmart sued out of business ASAP.
    For standard model guns like the Colt LE6920, Walmart local stores just order them from a big distributor just like everyone else.

    Last, what gun company, especially Colt would want it known they make lesser quality guns for someone.
    The LE6920 you can buy at Walmart is the same rifle you'd get from the local gun store or anywhere else.

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    That is good to know. I know Walmart has a reputation of getting its suppliers to find ways to cut costs. I would not expect Colt to supply a "substandard" product in the sense that it was dangerous or could result in legal liability. I was wondering more about things like stocks, hand guards, metal finishes, etc.I'm glad to know you can get the standard Colt M4 LE6920 at Walmart. The last time the Walmart around here had a real Colt for sale and in stock, it was a basic black parkerized 5" Model 1991A1 .45 ACP Government, and that was back in the early to mid 1990s!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfariswheel View Post
    Walmart local stores just order them from a big distributor just like everyone else.
    I would imaging that they get a fairly sizeable price break for their 'bulk' orders.

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    All of this sounds entirely plausible and logical, and no doubt true.
    Moon

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    There is a difference between a 6920 and a SP 6920. IIRC, one is commercial line and other is mil/gov't line.

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    No difference in product. Same gun as everyone else gets. When Defense makes the rifles for us they do not know who they are going to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjt72 View Post
    No difference in product. Same gun as everyone else gets. When Defense makes the rifles for us they do not know who they are going to.
    Brent
    Thank you for clearing that up.
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    Some of the biggest distributors only order 300 to 500 at atime from Colt and I would say Wal Mart orders 10 to 20 times that amount at least. If anyone can sell them cheap it is Wal Mart. Plus they can sell them at cost and make 40 to 60% profit on the other items you buy while you’re there. We all know a Wal Mart trip usually cost 100 bucks.

    There is a reason the 4 Walton kids are worth more than the lowest 40% or our population, and that is a fact.

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