By David Crane
defrev (at) gmail (dot) com
All photos and video clips contained in this article were shot by DefenseReview.com (DR), and are copyrighted. DefenseReview.com owns the copyright on these materials. The photos and video clips were shot with a Canon PowerShot S90 10-megapixel digital camera (still camera with video capability).
June 1, 2011
Last updated on 6/03/11.
DefenseReview (DR) recently got the opportunity to test-fire the Colt SCW (Sub-Compact Weapon) (LE6945/SCW0921) select-fire 5.56x45mm NATO (5.56mm NATO)/.223 Rem. AR (AR-15) SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) again during the 2011 NDIA International Infantry & Joint Services Small Arms Systems Symposium, Exhibition & Firing Demonstration Range Day Shoot on May 26, 2011. We first reported on the weapon (Colt SCW) back in October 2008, after visiting the Colt Defense factory about a month previous to that and test-firing the weapon at Colt’s indoor range. We came away impressed with the weapon’s (Colt SCW) firing characteristics/qualities and operating system versatility, as it can be set up as either a direct-gas-impingement (DGI), gas piston/op-rod (operating rod), or DGI/piston/op-rod hybrid operating sytem. Colt’s proprietary gas piston/op-rod system is called the Colt Piston System (CPS), and their hybrid operating system is called the Colt Advanced Hybrid System (AHS).
Like the weapon we initially ran in 2008 at the Colt Defense plant, the Colt SCW we test-fired on May 26, 2011 during the NDIA Infantry Small Arms Systems Symposium 2011 Range Day shoot operated via direct gas impingement. The Colt SCW shoots pretty smoothly in the DGI operating system configuration, and it’s proprietary folding/telescoping buttstock works pretty well. All things considered, it’s a cool little weapon. However, DR wouldn’t mind sticking a FERFRANS Specialties Rate Reduction System (RRS)/Delayed Sear Activation System (DSAS) in it to slow the cyclic rate of fire (ROF) down a little bit for enhanced full-auto controllability and sustained-fire (full-auto fire) capability. The FERFRANS RRS/DSAS brings the weapon’s (DGI or Piston AR-15) cyclic ROF down below the 700-rpm threshold, so you can rock and roll (fire on full-auto) with precision, and keep all your rounds on target.
DR would also be interested to see how the SCW performs with internal parts coating with something like Micro-Slick, which is a self-lubricating/lubricitous ceramic firearm coating manufactured and marketed by NIC Industries/Cerakote.
We experienced no weapon malfunctions during our firing session, but we don’t yet know how the SCW performs in adverse conditions and high round count.
The Colt SCW being fired by Defense Review owner/editor-in-chief David Crane in the video below is outfitted with a MagPul AFG (Angled Fore Grip), which worked well during our firing/shooting session. The AFG is a popular little tactical AR accessory, and was designed and developed by the good folks at MagPul Dynamics.
Colt Sub-Compact Weapon (SCW) Specifications:
Caliber: 5.56×45 (.223 Rem)
Operating System: Direct Gas Impingement (DGI), Gas Piston/Op-Rod, or Hybrid DGI/Piston System
Firing Modes: Safe, Semi-Auto and Full-Auto (Select-Fire)
OA Weight Dry/Empty: 6.75 lbs (2.98 kg)
OA Length (Stock Retracted): 28.5 in. (72.4 cm)
OA Length (Stock Extended): 30.25 in. (76.8 cm)
OA Length (Stock Collapsed): 22.81 in. (57.94 cm)
Barrel Length: 10.3 in. (26.26 cm)
Cyclic Rate of Fire (ROF): 700-950 rpm
Rifling (Barrel Twist Rate): 1/7 RH
Effective Range: 400 m
Magazine Capacity: 30 Rounds
Company Contact Info:
Colt Defense LLC
547 New Park Ave
West Hartford, CT, 06110
800-241-2485 Toll Free
© Copyright 2011 DefenseReview.com. All rights reserved. This content/material may not be republished, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without first receiving permission and providing proper credit and appropriate links.
DR Runs the Milkor USA M32A1 MSGL at the Range: 6-Shot 40mm Multi-Shot Grenade Launcher Gets Test-Fired During NDIA Infantry Small Arms Systems Symposium 2011 Range Day Shoot (Live Fire Demonstration Video!)
DR Exclusive Video: HK416C (also written HK 416C) “Ultra Compact Assault Rifle” SBR/PDW (Short Barreled Rifle/Personal Defense Weapon) Fired on Full-Auto at NDIA Infantry Small Arms Systems Symposium 2011 Range Day Shoot
Falcon Security Group (FSG) Demonstrates FERFRANS HVLAR (High Volume Light Automatic Rifle) Lightweight Mag-Fed Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR)-Type Piston/Op-Rod AR Carbine: Who needs an FN M249 SAW Belt-Fed Light Machine Gun? (Video!)
U.S. Army Issues Sources Sought Notice Requesting Information for “Individual Carbine” Small Arms Technology: The Quest for the “Next Carbine” to Upgrade/Improve and/or Replace the Colt M4/M4A1 Carbine Continues…