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Colt CM901

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

If you want to get your hands on a Colt CM901 in a more intimate environment than SHOT Show or AUSA then make sure you visit Colt at this week’s Soldier Equipment & Technology Expo & Conference at Fort Bragg.

The Colt CM901 can change calibers from 5.56mm up to and including 7.62 x 51mm NATO, by changing the upper receiver group at the user level. By simply disengaging the takedown and pivot pins, the user can quickly change from a 5.56mm Close Quarters Battle (CQB) to a full length 7.62 x 51mm Extended Range Carbine (ERC) configuration in seconds without the need to re-zero optics already mounted on the upper receiver assembly.

Colt CM901 Photos

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

At AUSA we were able to take a few snaps of the Colt Defense Multi-Caliber CM901 Modular Carbine.

The Army’s Dual Path Strategy for a Service Rifle

Friday, October 15th, 2010

PEO-Soldier posted an excellent article detailing the the Dual Path Strategy for the Next Generation of Army Service Rifles. The graphic below from PEO-Soldier gives you the main points, but make sure you take the time to go read the actual article.

There are however, a few things that the article doesn’t tell you. For example, while the Army is currently purchasing 25,000 M4A1 carbines from Colt Defense, the weapons needed to fulfill the remainder of the Army’s requirement as well as Sister Service buys and Foreign Military Sales will be offered as a free and open solicitation. That’s right, the Army requirement alone is 14,000 carbines, and someone will be building those weapons, as well as the others we mentioned. Look for the solicitation as early as next quarter. Additionally, the Army currently about 65,000 M4s and they need to be upgraded to the M4A1 standard which includes barrels, trigger control unit, and ambidextrous controls. That too will be an open solicitation. Lots of business out there, without even mentioning the Carbine Competition. Exciting stuff.

CM901 Details from DR

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Defense Review has opened the floodgates and released a deluge of info on the Colt CM901 Modular Carbine. Head on over to check out all of the details and take in the photos and video.

CM901 Magazine Confirmed

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

That was quick. Less than 24 hours after our article predicting that the Magpul 20LR would be the magazine for Colt Defense, LLC’s new CM901 Modular Carbine, it has been verified by Defense Review’s David Crane who seems to have the inside scoop. Go check out the photos. That’s an interesting finish on that weapon.

CM901 Magazine?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

There has been quite a bit of discussion on the magazine depicted in the Colt patent drawings for a Modular Firearm. Many have noted that it is an AR10 magazine and based on the date of the patent this was probably the case. However, in the ensuing four years since the patent was issued, a great product called the Magpul PMAG 20LR came along and is rapidly becoming THE industry standard for a 7.62 magazine for Stoner-style weapons. We won’t know for sure until AUSA when Colt has promised to unveil the CM901, but our money’s on the PMAG 20LR.

CM901 Patent?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Dating from November 2006, this Colt Defense LLC patent for a “Modular Firearm” covers an M4 rifle with a magazine well that “may be replaceable and removable such that magazine well may be replaced with a different magazine well to change caliber.” There are a couple of other gems in there as well so go take a look.

Thanks to a sharp reader for the heads up!

Confirmation of Colt CM901 Rifle

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

David Crane has verified the existence of the CM901 on He went on to state that he has photos and video of the rifle but is waiting for permission from Colt to release it. Additionally, Army Times staffer Lance Bacon briefly mentioned the CM901 as a possible contender for the new Army carbine.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, we have received several questions about this story so we will do our best to clarify issues that should be self evident. The rifle is 7.62 NATO and NOT 7.62 x 39. The CM901’s 7.62 NATO lower will mate with a 7.62 NATO upper as well as a 5.56 NATO upper. We hope Colt starts releasing info on this thing soon.