Colt Pro CRP-18 and Pro CRP-16 AR-15 Carbine/Rifles for Tactical 3-Gun Competition/Competitive Shooting: Adjustable Gas System, Geissele SSA-E Trigger, and Fluted Barrel! (Video!)

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May 30, 2013

Clint Upchurch of the Colt 3-Gun Shooting Team was kind enough to take DefenseReview (DR) through the Colt Pro CRP-18 (called the "Colt CR Pro" in the embedded video, below) semi-auto-only, direct-gas-impingement (DGI) AR carbine at SHOT Show 2013. Since this 18-inch (18")-barreled rifle/carbine was specifically developed by Colt Competition Rifles for 3-Gun competitive shooting, it comes with all the bells and whistles, just like th Colt Pro CRP-16 with 16-inch (16") barrel. The barrels on both guns are fluted for weight reduction, by the way.

Both guns feature Colt's proprietary and very cool toolless adjustable gas block/gas system, and are relatively lightweight (competition) ARs thanks to the fluted barrels and lightweight modular rail systems. The muzzle brake/compensator also looked interesting. If you're looking for a 3-Gun AR, they're definitely worth taking a serious look at.

Editor's Note: One of the reasons we wanted to take a look at these guns at SHOT was because one of our contributors' expressed an interest in it's out-of-the-box viability for 3-Gun competition, as it looks like a well-thought-out package.

Defense Review likes the handling qualities of this gun, although we haven't run it at the range, yet. The Geissele Automatics SSA-E (Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced) two-stage match trigger is excellent, as are all Geissele triggers. Obviously, a great trigger is crucial on any competition gun, and DR is a big fan of Geissele's.

Assuming the Colt Pro CRP-18 and Colt Pro CRP-16 go bang every time you pull the trigger and are accurate they're claimed to be, the guns should be winners.

The following information on the Colt Pro CRP-18 competion AR comes directly from the Colt Competition website:


Caliber: .223 Remington
Operation: Gas-Operated, Original Direct-Impingement System
Magazine Capacity: 30 Round Magpul mag included. 10-rd aluminum mag for MA, NJ. Fixed 10-rd mag for CA.
Overall Length (Collapsed): 35.25" (89.54 cm)
Overall Length (Extended): 38.25" (97.15 cm)
Barrel Length: 18" Custom-Fluted Mid-Weight (45.72cm)
Barrel Muzzle Threads: 1/2" – 28 T.P.I
Approximate Weight w/o Magazine: 7.22 lbs. (3.28kg)
Barrel Rifling: 6-groove, Button Rifled, 1 Turn in 8", R.H. Twist
Mode of Fire Options: Safe / Fire

Standard Features:

– 18-inch (18") Match-Grade, Air-Gaged, Polished 416 Stainless Steel custom barrel
– 6 groove Button-Rifling
– 1 in 8" R.H. twist Barrel Rifling optimized for 50 gr. to 77 gr. Bullets
– Chamber Accepts Factory-Loaded SAAMI Spec .223 Ammo & NATO-stamped 5.56x45mm Ammo
– Gas-Operated, Original Direct-Impingement System for Guaranteed Accuracy
– Colt Competition "Triple-Port" Muzzle Brake
– Magpul CTR 6-Position Adjustable Stock with Locking Adjustments
– Colt Competition 15" Vented Modular Float-Tube Handguard
– Full-length Integral Picatinny top Handguard Rail. 1 – 2" Accessory Rail.
– Magpul MOE Grip with Extended Backstrap, Magpul Enlarged Trigger Guard – Geissele Two-Stage Match Trigger (Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced) Model SSA-E. Breaks at ~3.5 lbs.
– Colt Competition "Patented" Low Profile Adjustable Gas Block – FINGER ADJUSTABLE without Tools
– Colt Competition Charging Handle with Extended Tactical Latch
– Matched Bolt & Bolt Carrier, with H-Buffer
– Forged & Precision-Fitted Upper & Lower Receivers with Forging Mark
– 13-Slot Picatinny Rail on Flat-Top Upper Receiver

– 1 Year Warranty.
– Each Colt Competition Rifle is test fired for accuracy.
– Accuracy Guarantee: 3-Shots in 1" or Less at 100 yds (with specified factory ammo).
– A signed, serial numbered and dated test target is included with each rifle.
– Shipped in a Custom Colt Competition Rifle-marked cardboard shipping box with Instruction manual.
– Also ships with a Safariland Cleaning Kit with a custom Colt Competition Rifle Cleaning Kit case.
– California, Massachusetts and New Jersey compliant models are available.
– Please contact Colt Competition at 1-855-308-2658 (COLT) for more information.
– Scope, scope mount and sights not included."

Company Contact Info:

Colt Competition Rifles/Colt Firearms
Phone: 855-308-2658 (855-308-COLT)
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