[Video] Hickok45 Takes a Look at the Modular Colt LE 901-16S in .308
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In the above video, our favorite Tennessean takes a look at the modular (we’ll talk more about that in a second) Colt LE 901-16S chambered in .308/7.62×51 NATO.
The rifle is an AR style rifle, but has some notable differences from your standard AR-15 style rifle.
First off, we have truly an ambidextrous mag release and bolt release. Definitely not standard fair for ARs.
In my opinion, the coolest part of the this rifle is that it’s Colt’s modular system. What does that mean exactly?
That means you can take the upper off the gun and attach a standard AR-15 upper to the lower. Yep, you can just switch calibers on the fly.
The magazine well is designed to securely accept .308 PMags as well as standard STANAG 5.56 magazines by using a simple insert in the magazine well. You do also have to change out the buffer spring, but that’s a pretty simple affair when you already have the upper and lower separated.
There are numerous companies making pretty decent complete 5.56 uppers for very good prices these days. The availability and price of 5.56 ammo is started to normalize again (.22LR remains a unicorn). This presents some great options for cheaper practice using a 5.56 upper with this system while still giving you the ability to have a larger caliber battle rifle.
Of course other caliber uppers that fit standard ARs (such as .300BLK) will work with this sytem as well.
This system has been out for a little while and it’s cool to see an innovative system getting some good press. Street price seems to be a little north of $2,000.