Colt Canada made the surprise move in 2014 of releasing their first rifles to the domestic civilian market with the SA 15.7 and SA 20. Now a new run of Colt Canada gear is about to arrive on Canadian shelves: the IUR or Integrated Upper Receiver. These are the only IURs that have been released for sale to the public.
The IUR creates a free floating tube which removes all external influences from the barrel, with a full length, contiguous top rail.
Colt Canada has stated that these are overrun from a military contract. While they aren’t saying which contract, it seems likely to be the Danish run of 5000 M/10 C8 IUR carbines.
In an unusual move, the distributor O’Dell Engineering, has paired the Colt Canada IUR uppers with American Tactical Gen 2 Omni polymer lowers. O’Dell has a number of certified armourers who service the Canadian Forces C7 and C8 rifles, and have explained that they chose the Omni Gen 2 specifically for its steel reinforcing. From their in-house use they seem to feel it’s an acceptable lower and a way to keep the entry level costs down on an otherwise highly desirable rifle.
Because Colt Canada is a NATO spec manufacturing facility, they will never fit aftermarket parts themselves. Literally: no Magpul etc can enter through their doors. In this case they supplied the uppers to O’Dell who picked the parts and assembled the rifles.
A lone upper (no BCG) has an MSRP of $1099 CAD, while the complete rifle has an MSRP of $1599 CAD