By Shelley Sargent
This time last week competitors were resting up for the last leg of the Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Invitational, a historic event marked by top-level competitors and big-name sponsors.
One of the local sponsors was Colt Competition Rifles, located in Canby, Ore. I hadn’t had much of a chance to look at their products before, though my friend Andrew over at Vuurwapen Blog, who is knowledgeable in such subjects, speaks highly of them.
I’ll be the first to admit that CCR products aren’t cheap. Then again, if you’re shopping for a high quality competition rifle you’re not in the market for “cheap”. The two current CCR models are the “Pro” and the “Expert” which are both .223 caliber rifles, but a .308 caliber model is also in process. In fact, at the Media Day event before the 3-Gun match we had the opportunity to handle a prototype of the .308 as well as both the Pro and Expert.
What I found most unique about these rifles was the adjustable gas block. Usually adjusting the gas block requires some kind of tool, but all it takes on the Colt Competition Rifles is twist a metal knob that sits just forward of the rail. While I’m not well-schooled on the technical details of the AR platform I do know that adjusting the gas block changes the rifle’s ejection pattern and felt recoil. The idea, at least in these competition guns, is to get the recoil as light as possible while still allowing the gun to eject. The CCR set-up has several different settings that the rifle can be easily tuned depending on the shooter’s needs.
The Pro comes stock with this adjustable gas block, a fluted barrel, a 15″ rail, a Geissele 3.5lb S3G trigger and a Magpul CTR stock. These upgrades, in conjunction with the forged upper and lower, the guaranteed 3-shot 1″ group at 100 yards and all the other little add-ons and upgrades make the gun well worth the $1,999 MSRP.