Colt Competition AR’s

Colt has released a new caliber of AR in their precision Competition Rifle name. The photos here are of the .308 caliber model that was at Media Day on Monday. The trigger was crisp and short, as we’d expect from a competition rifle trigger. On all models the upper and lower receivers are matched together.


All Colt Competition Rifle models feature the “CR” logo on the right hand side, including the M2012 bolt-action on the website.

The rifle is not related to the LE901 series of rifles. Much to the exhaustion of the Media Day rep’s voice, the question of their relation would be repeated by each person in line. The series has its own website at and features the .223 models. Future plans include a 6.5 Grendel and a .300 BLK, the representative was hopeful both would be available later this year.


As you can see the magazine-well is flared for faster reloads.

The .308 AR10 type model (marked simply “Competition”) did not have an MSRP released (at the time of talking with the Media Day rep) and is yet to be added to the website. Below are the two AR15 models currently listed, we expect the coming calibers to not be too disimillar.

The Colt “Pro” CRP-18 in .223 Remington caliber has a free-floated 1:8 twist 18″ custom fluted stainless steel match barrel with a rifle length gas system. The rifle weighs in at 7lbs with an MSRP of $2029.00.

The Colt “EXPERT” CRE-18 is a lighter .223 at 6.78lbs with a Hogue free-float tube but still features a stainless steel match 1:8 twist 18″ barrel (minus the fluting) with the rifle length direct gas impingement. The MSRP is $1599.00

Ethan M

Ethan’s firearm interests are mostly with Cold War era select-fire weapons and their semi-auto counterparts.


  • David Hansen

    This is a pretty sweet gun. I have never shot an assault rifle before, but would love to see what they are like.

    • Esh325

      Careful, people will give you flak for using the word “assault rifle” to describe a semi automatic rifle.

  • Dale

    That’s a Geissle trigger in that AR, so it’s no wonder that the pull is so crisp and short. I had a chance to handle one of the 5.56 Colt CR rifles a few months back, and they are very sweet guns. They have an adjustable gas block system as well which is able to be tuned by the individual user. the entire package for the 5.56 version was extremely well balanced with an 18″ barrel.

  • Mo Guns

    No Flak, just clarification. Assault Rifle: a selective fire (selective between semi-automatic, automatic and/or burst fire) rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine. Assault rifles are the standard service rifles in most modern armies. Note the difference between the assault rifle and the battle rifle. Assault rifles use smaller cartridges and are used at closer ranges than battle rifles. The larger sized rifle cartridges used in battle rifles make fully automatic fire more difficult. Fully automatic fire refers to an ability for a rifle to fire continuously while the trigger is pressed; “burst-capable” fire refers to an ability of a rifle to fire a small yet fixed multiple number of rounds with but one press of the trigger; in contrast, semi-automatic refers to an ability to fire one round per press of a trigger. The presence of selective fire modes on assault rifles permits more efficient use of rounds to be fired for specific needs, versus having a single mode of operation, such as fully automatic, thereby conserving ammunition while maximizing on-target accuracy and effectiveness.
    Assault Weapon: any firearm that the media or gun hating politicians do not like. No military or scientific meaning.
    AR-15: rifle, semiautomatic rifle, modern sporting rifle. Don’t fall for their name games 🙂