What is it? A2 Law Enforcement Carbine?
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    What is it? A2 Law Enforcement Carbine?

    A buddy is looking for his first AR, and we found one at a local shop.
    The lower is marked Colt's Law Enforcement Carbine, the bolt carrier has a 'C' stamped on it, the bolt is marked for MPI, and it is a full auto carrier. The 16" heavy barrel is marked as chrome bore, 1:7, and 'C'.
    The stock is A1 length, grip is MagPul.

    Here's the issue; the upper is has A2 sights, and has a grey-green color, as compared to the grey lower. I can find no 'C' on the forging, but my A2 doesn't have one either.

    Not afraid of the rifle itself, but the guy is asking $950, which seems like real Colt money...As a shooter, I'd see it for at least $300 less.

    So what does the group think?
    Moon

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    Not sure about the color match, but the LEO carbines are the real deal. Colt made them up for police department sales with the flash hider etc. There really wasnt too much restriction on them in the non-commie states. Basically the same as marking 30rd mags Military or "Law Enforcement Use Only". I am sure they may command a slight premium but not to me. I quit caring about Colt AR's when they went to the lengths they did to make them compliant. If I was a collector, maybe, but as a shooter there are a lot of other brands as good if not better for less money.
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    No personal reservation about Colts; if they were still in production, it's what I would have suggested to my buddy who is shopping.
    Just hoping this example is legit, tho' I'm doubtful.
    Is there a way to identify the maker of the upper?
    Moon

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    I would think it would be marked if it was Colt. Colt was pretty anal about that. I am also sure the FA BCG is not factory. I am not sure if Colt sold just lowers like everyone else.
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    Quite a few Colts shipped with FA bolt carriers. Not unusual to see them in 6920's.
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    29', entirely agree about Colt marking things...except my CHPS carbine has no markings on the upper, and it is factory Colt.<br>It's becoming a moot point; the guy found a SIG that he likes, and is going to buy.<br>Moon

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    I would not recommend that Colt carbine your friend is looking at, from your description it looks like it is a put together FrankenColt.

    The Colt's Law Enforcement Carbine uppers are usually flat top not A2 sights fixed carry handle, the stocks should be not A1 type it should be retractable 4 position and the stock is either the earlier Colt FiberLite CAR type or the current M4 waffle type synthetic stock.

    The bolt should be marked MPC any other marks are not genuine Colt bolts.

    I also wouldn't be in favor of the SIG, their quality are known to be spotty and when there is a problem good luck with the factory to help.

    Other good AR brands are LMT (Lewis Machine & Tool), Daniel Defense, BCM (Bravo Company Mfg.) and Noveske, there are others but search the web to find out from satisfied owners.
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    Thanks, guys, really appreciate the comebacks.
    Buddy ended up with the SIG; haven't had a chance to talk to him since.
    Best,
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