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Colt To Release LE901-16S Carbine

January 13, 2012  | 

Photo: Colt
Photo: Colt

Colt Defense LLC will bring to market the LE901-16S modular, multi-caliber rifle that the company debuted at SHOT Show a year ago.

With a proprietary adapter, the rifle can be easily changed from .308 Winchester (7.62x51 NATO) chambering to .223 Remington (5.56x45 NATO). The Colt LE901-16S will be initially offered in black with other finishes available later in the year.

"This is an exceptional rifle for a wide variety of shooters due to the interchangeability in caliber," according to David Ridley, vice president of Colt Defense. "With a simple swap of the upper receiver shooters can switch to the caliber they need for the shot they want to achieve."

In .308, the LE901-16S is suited to a law enforcement sniper. By swapping the upper receiver and buffer system, the rifle's chambering can be changed to .223 for tactical or patrol duty.

The Colt LE901-16S rifle weighs 9.4 pounds and measures 37.5 inches with the stock extended. It has an effective range of 700 meters and a rate of fire between 700 and 950 rounds per minute when configured for .308. The free floated, chrome-lined barrel measures 16 inches.

Operating controls on the LE901-16S are ambidextrous, including the magazine release, bolt catch and fire-control selector. The monolithic rail covers the fore end and can accept a variety of accessories. A back up iron sight (BUIS) is also offered. The LE901-16S features a black Vltor stock and comes with two black 20-round Magpul PMAGs.

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Comments (8)

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Steven Parker @ 4/4/2012 8:22 AM

What Magazine does it use when you change the upper to .223?

Austin @ 6/25/2012 12:59 PM

@ Steven Parker
A normal .223/5.56 AR-15 magazine (STANAG) will fit with the magazine insert installed and a .223 upper receiver.

Patrick Morris @ 7/13/2012 2:30 PM

Does anyone know a dealer that has an LE901 in stock for a reasonable price??

Stew @ 7/27/2012 7:30 PM

How about 30rnd mags in .308?

Herb Groll @ 7/31/2012 9:07 PM

Patrick, I am trying to locate one myself. I'm not sure if it is available yet. My friend works in our armory and is a licensed dealer so, I'm hoping he can get one for me. I will post any info I find out as to when it will be available.

John McArdle @ 12/12/2012 5:51 PM

The flash suppressor may cause issues in thick weeds. My experience with slitted suppressor was in jungle. It can catch on tall growth fairly easily. Suppressor needs to be replaced like present 15 m-4.

Raymond @ 1/13/2013 5:14 PM

It shoots 700-950 rounds per minute? Wow, like a mini gun then?

Steven @ 1/31/2013 11:17 AM

I had my hands on a 901 at BassProShops before Newtown. They were asking $200.00 more than MSRP so I let them sell it to someone else.

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