Video: Review of the Versatile Colt LE 901 16S

Video: Review of the Versatile  Colt LE 901 16S

The concept of modular firearms is gaining a toehold in the shooting world. For some, the idea of having multiple calibers based off one platform has plenty of tactical and practical allure.

Colt is among the companies that have embraced the notion with its M.A.R.C. 901 series. The Connecticut manufacturer's three models of Modular AR Carbines are sold as AR-10-style rifles, which shoot the hard-hitting 7.62x51mm NATO/.308 Win. round. But they can be switched over, lickity-split, to any AR-15 caliber.

In addition to thumbing off rounds in the above video, Hickok45 also demonstrates exactly how simple the caliber conversion process is on one of the M.A.R.C. Models. In this case it's a Colt LE 901 16S. While it’s not a procedure that can be done on the fly, it’s a simple one, requiring little material and absolutely no tools — save a bullet to push out the retention pins.

The M.A.R.C. 901 is an intriguing series of rifles and it’s a fairly safe bet shooters will see the modular concept continues to be applied as the years go on.


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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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