In the upcoming July 2014 issue of RIFLE FIREPOWER, author Doug Larson test-fires Colt’s new competition-ready CSR-1516 in 5.56mm NATO. Larson writes, “Colt has a sterling reputation for producing quality AR-15s and M16s, and has partnered with a company that can uphold that reputation in the manufacture of competition and sporting ARs. Bold Ideas Texas fit the bill and produces the CSR-1516, as well as other Colt-branded products, in its Breckenridge, Texas, plant under license from Colt.
“This gun doesn’t look like the typical military M16, and it’s not a mil-spec gun, but it doesn’t have to be in order to be great for competition use. For 3-Gun matches, accuracy, speed, reliability and handling are the primary requirements, and these characteristics were built into the CSR-1516.
“Starting up front, this AR has a birdcage-style flash suppressor/muzzle brake that looks similar to the military’s A2 version, but is a bit longer and has slots that are configured a little differently. The bottom line: The brake is pretty effective at reducing muzzle rise, which helps greatly in making quick follow-up shots. I wasn’t able to test its effectiveness as a flash suppressor, but it looks like it would be at least as effective as the military version.
“The black, manganese-phosphate-finished barrel is 16 inches long and would be classified as being a mid-weight—somewhere between a bull and a pencil thin, lightweight barrel. It’s match grade and manufactured from 4140 chrome-moly steel with six-groove, 1-in-8-inch-twist button rifling. The twist rate is designed to be effective at stabilizing a wider range of bullet weights than a 1-in-7- or 1-in-9-inch- twist barrel. The barrel and chamber are air-gauged to assure manufacturing precision, which translates into greater accuracy.”
To learn more, check out the July 2014 issue of RIFLE FIREPOWER, available on newsstands and digitally April 15, 2014. To subscribe, go to https://www.tactical-life.com/subscribe/rifle-firepower