Colt Canada Sa20 Rifle Review: The Canadian Forces C7

In this episode of TFBTV, Edward O takes a look at the 25th Anniversary Edition of Colt Canada’s Sa20, the civilian clone of the C7 rifle used by the Canadian Forces. For an additional perspective, Canadian Forces infantryman Wally F weighs in as a guest.



Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.


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  • Gus Butts

    The issued C7A1 and C7A2 rifles still use the weird slightly raised weaver type top rail from the early 90s before the standard 1913 picatinny was a thing. It has 14 slots instead of 13. (We had rails before it was cool, yo.) This is one thing to take a note of when buying a back up rear sight, you’ll need a shorter one. A.R.M.S. makes one specifically for the higher top rails of our C7A2s. The civilian SA20s and SA15.7s do not have these rails and have the standard MIL-STD-1913 rail on the top. I would assume the IURs and MRRs also have the standard 1913 rails.

    • The simplest and cheapest solution to this seems to me like it would be to go with standard rear BUIS and just buy a higher front sight post.

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    Can someone tell this guy to look into the camera more? In person that is.

  • tony

    20″ upper on carbine lower, what weight buffer to use?

    • Gus Butts

      It uses H2 buffers. With the new monolithic uppers, an H3 buffer is used.

    • Brian Fulmer

      I built one (CTR+MOE+) with a PSA/FN 20″ upper, I use an H3 buffer. Works a treat. Don’t get the people that complain/snivel about balance, shoots offhand AWESOME. The Canadians, what’ll they think of next (that isn’t beer related)? Oh, yeah, that cool Arctic Ranger rifle…..

  • Lance

    In many ways the C-7A2 is what the US needs for a infantry rifle. All M4 force has issues like how Nethaniel points out. C-7A2 offers some compactness over a M-16A4 but has better velocity and relighabity than a M-4 which was made for none combat troops to carry, hence carbine designated.

    • GD Ajax

      You have to be delusional to think that the Pentagon will get over their NIH syndrome anytime soon.

  • Great video! I like hearing about the Canadian firearms.

  • Joshua

    curse you TFB, now I’m looking at Colt Canada’s website going “I have no use for this, there is no way I could justify the expense, but I want it”

  • Ignoramus Maximus

    Ignorant question – what does it take for a canadian to be able to buy one of these? Some kind super duper special license? Or just background check and a credit card ? Maybe Edward could do a video on that – gun laws in Canada.