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Product Test: Accurate Armory LE Light M4

This quality carbine will give you tremendous value, and won't let you down on performance.

January 05, 2012  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author

Accurate Armory's LE Light carbine sets itself apart from others with a twist rate of 1:7 and reduced overall weight.

This quality carbine meets or exceeds Mil-Spec standards for barrel, receiver, chamber, bolt, front sight, and anodizing. The bolt is high-pressure tested and magnetic-particle inspected to ensure durability. The carrier and gas key are chrome lined, and the key is properly staked—it won't shoot loose. The weapon operates with a mid-length gas system. This means you have a rifle that's built to endure harsh shooting conditions. The rifle ships with one Magpul PMAG to ensure a reliable ammunition source.

As the name implies, the LE Light carbine weighs less than a standard M4. To achieve this weight reduction, the weapon arrives with Accurate Armory's Tactical Intent TI7 stock and two Magpul accessories—the MOE forearm and polymer trigger guard. Don't knock the MOE stock for arriving without rails; you can install Magpul's polymer Picatinny rails in the cut outs on the forearm. This reduces weight and allows you to install mounts where you want them; it also helps you avoid the sharp edges of a solid rail.

The TI7 one-piece includes wide cheek rests that double as storage areas for batteries or small spare parts. For a sling, you'll find a built-in ambidextrous quick-detach point or two attachment slots. To ensure the carbine stays where you mount it, there's a rubber butt pad.

My test model arrived from a three-gun match, so it has a few additional items over the base LE Light. This one shipped with a Yankee Hill flip-up rear sight, Magpul Angled Fore Grip (AFG), sling, Ergo Grip, and quick-detach sling swivels. These items would add approximately $250 to the price of the LE Light.

The heart of the LE Light is the 1:7-twist barrel. Unlike many of the M4s on the market today, this M4 has a standard M16 light-contour barrel that reduces the weight of the weapon to just under 7 pounds with an optic mounted. If you add SureFire's Scout Light on a Magpul MOE mount, the LE Light is a tad over 7 pounds. If you add an optic and light, your duty carbine will tip the scales at over 8 pounds. You'll feel the pound-plus difference if you have to carry this firearm for several hours.

Some would argue that the light-contour barrel doesn't perform as well as a heavier M4 profile barrel. I would argue all day they're wrong. I fired hundreds of rounds through the LE Light at distances ranging from 5 to 200 yards, and it performed with amazing accuracy. The carbine consistently kept all shots inside the "C" zone of an IPSC (International Practice Shooting Confederation) target, when I did my part with a good sight picture and solid mount. At 200 yards, rounds were hitting within a 6-inch area.

From a rest—using the same ammunition from Black Hills or Atlanta Arms & Ammo—the LE Lite shot sub-3-inch groups at 200 yards with a Burris XTR (Xtreme Tactical Riflescope) 1-4X. With a 10X optic, this carbine will shoot sub-MOA at 200 yards. At 100 yards, it shoots half-inch five-shot groups. At 50 yards, one hole groups. This is nearly "match grade" accuracy from a duty carbine with a low-power optic. With the XTR, the reticle is lighted and can function as a precision optic or red dot for Close Quarters Battle (CQB).

Tags: Accurate Armory, Carbines, Customizing Equipment, AR-Type Rifles


Comments (3)

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S. Griffin @ 1/9/2012 4:34 AM

I did a T&E on an Accurate Armory LE Lite early last year and they are definitely a rock solid quality product. I now own two Accurate Armory rifles and after almost a year of use I couldn't be happier. A top quality product and a company that is very customer service oriented, buy with confidence.

Rick @ 1/9/2012 5:26 PM

Military personnel use the 5.56 out to 600 yards, so a 400 yard shot is feasible, just not as likely, unless the officer is in a more rural environment. Agencies should consider a round with better power, such as the 6.8. Hunters across the country are sucessfully using it to take elk, deer, pig and even bear. A 6.8 AR would give better probability of stopping a suspect.

Bill F. @ 1/26/2012 10:01 AM

I agree about with the author's comments about light AR barrels. I have two 16" lightweight barrels from DEZ Arms and they both are sub 1" at 100 yds. As I get older I am trending towards minimumlistic instead of hanging a bunch of "cool" stuff on my rifles. When the M1 Garand starts looking lightweight its time to put the AR on a diet!!

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