Colt OEM Series Rifles

Colt OEM

Some AR companies add more accessories to their guns to appeal to buyers, but according to Shooting Illustrated, Colt is going the other way with the OEM series.

Understanding that many people customize the AR-15 after purchase, Colt decided to begin offering stripped down rifles: no sights, no stock, no hand guard, no trigger guard and no magazine. This allows a buyer to immediately begin the customization process without paying for any of the parts destined for replacement.

Of course, many shooters might argue that anyone looking for an obvious project gun could just start with a stripped lower. Perhaps that will be the next thing that Colt offers.

The OEM1 has an A2-style front sight. The OEM2 does not. The MSRPs are expected to be less than $800.

Hat tip to Karine for the information.

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  • Anonymous

    That’s…actually not the dumbest thing Colt has ever done. They’re capitalizing on their strengths, rather than selling that damn stock they no one likes.

    • Chase Buchanan

      It’s way better than the original CAR stock though.

    • The Super-Stoc? A higher mounted QD sling socket would be nice, but other than that I really like it.

  • noob

    hmm. it would be interesting if some other companies that sell $600 complete AR15s started offering an OEM line.

    Also should the pistol grip be omitted to reduce the cost further? It also is swapped out for an ergo grip.

    • CLTSlice

      You have to have the grip for safety spring and detent. They could put some sort of cover on it, but what is cheaper than the $1.50 grip?

      • noob

        Well spotted! Thanks!

    • Phil Hsueh

      I was thinking the same thing initially until I remembered that the pistol grip actually hods a couple of parts in. It would have been nice if they had put something there just to hold the pieces in but that would probably have added to the cost of the rifle since it would be a brand new part they’d have to manufacture and would be something that’s used only on their OEM line.

      • darthcoder

        As opposed to just shipping the parts and letting the end-user assemble them? You’re aiming this at a particular market, you have to assume they’re capable of figuring out the bits.

  • Gwolf

    If they have a mid length model I’ll be all over it.

  • Hank

    I like this concept. More competition is undoubtedly on the way, and welcome.

  • Sianmink

    That’s actually a very good move from Colt. also to have the lowpro/A2 sight options. That’s pretty much perfect.

    • M

      Also the fact they are actually selling a rifle with a shaved FSB. Most companies don’t usually just sell those that way, yet it is one of the most slimmest, lightest, and durable ways to have a low profile gas block…

  • Dracon1201

    I’ve been waiting on a manufacturer to do this. Just suprised it is Colt.

  • Full Name

    Not a bad idea. As long as it is priced substantially lower than a complete rifle.

    • lol

      sub 800 dollars is alot lower than their complete line of ARs

  • I’ve been expecting a “naked AR” for years now. Glad that Colt was the company to do it!

  • Paul White

    that…is really appealing. Please offer it in a heavy 18″ barrel.

  • Green Hell

    Interesting, is this A2 pistol grip some legal requirement to sell those OEM’s or something?

    • Otm Shooter

      The grip holds the detent and spring for the safety. I would imagine that, for liability reasons, they cannot sell a functioning firearm(with working bolt, barrel, upper, lower, etc.) without a working safety.

      • Joshua

        Also the fact that the A2 grip costs $1.50 to make and is actually cheaper than making a cover to hold those few parts.

  • iksnilol

    This is good for an ultra-light build, just use the magwell instead of a handguard and a add a stock to the rifle.

    Must admit, it is a good idea of them. Since most people just throw out/change the furniture anyways.

    If it is around 500-600 USD it might be a winner.

    • Grindstone50k

      Just wear a tactical pot holder on your support hand…

      • Joshua

        Or those asbestos gloves they have M60 gunners.

  • Vitsaus

    Colt got a marketing decision right. I applaud them.

  • Jay

    If they would sell A1 lowers, I’d be in for a couple.

  • nadnerbus

    Been a while since I broke one down, but doesn’t the grip hold in the selector detent spring? Or was that on my LR 308?

    • Ken


    • Grindstone50k

      It does.

    • Joe Liberty

      Yes the spring and the detent are held in but WMD does it without the grip somehow. They do include the trigger, but theirs at least has their Nickle-Boron (or whatever) coating so it is already improved.

  • dhdoyle

    Colt’s concept makes sense to me. Suppose you’re Colt and your ARs have such a solid reputation because of the high quality parts they use. Colt wants to avoid a situation where somebody takes a stripped receiver and builds an AR with junk parts.

    “This Colt AR is no good. It doesn’t work worth a darn with these high quality Asian parts I installed. Colt ARs aren’t any better than these Bushhamsters that cost way less.”

    These fools certainly aren’t going to blame the LPK that they selected.

  • michael franklin

    Old news, read about this months ago at the shot show.

  • Kivaari

    I’d still like to see a version of the M16A1. The only change would be to use the material used in the A2 variant, but having the original shape. The only thing wrong with the M16A1 was the weakness of the stock and hand guards.

  • Kivaari

    How about a Colt Mid-length? My favorite rifle is a Colt M4 with a Bravo Company Manufacturing Upper and Magpul furniture. The pencil barrel is just right, without the M203 launcher cut out. I hate that.

  • Damaso

    I prefer the “shaved” FSB over just about any low profile gas block. This is a great idea. You get a Colt and put what ever you want on there ,,,well done