Colt Goes Retro Clone (ish) With AR15A4 Availability

I know this is not exactly breaking news, but when I saw Gary Hughes of Dead Air Armament post up the ‘In Stock’ notice for a Colt AR15A4 at Brownells, I was intrigued. Sure, other manufacturers have started making retro clone style M16/AR rifles. But when Colt talks, people listen.

Is it the newest/lightest collapsible stock, MLOK laden Instagram-ready rifle? Nope, but if you are a fan of classic styling and no frills controls and ergonomics with a roll mark to fit, this rifle may be for you. I do take offense at the inclusion of a Magpul magazine – this gun screams for two 20 round Aluminum mags, just because.

See below for specifications and availability.

Retro Clone Colt AR15A4 – MSRP $1099

About Colt Rifles:

Colt rifle customers want the genuine article. They know that the story of today’s Colt commercial and sporting rifles began with the Stoner AR-15® design that Colt transformed into a military-grade rifle — the Colt M16 automatic rifle. First deployed in the early days of the Vietnam War, the M16 followed in the footsteps of its Colt ancestors, establishing the quality, reliability and performance benchmarks by which all tactical military rifles have since been measured.

Nearly half a century has elapsed since the United States Government first fielded the Colt M16. Since that time Colt has never surrendered its position as manufacturer of the world’s preeminent combat rifles. During the War on Terror that followed September 11, 2001, American troops have increasingly been outfitted with the Colt M4 carbine, successor to the Colt M16 and proud bearer of the American and Colt military tradition.

Colt’s rifles are the only rifles available to sportsmen, hunters and other shooters that are manufactured in the Colt factory and based on the same military standards and specifications as the United States issue Colt M16 rifle and M4 carbine. Colt customers want the best, and none of Colt’s competitors can match the quality, reliability, accuracy and performance built into every Colt rifle.


Colt rifle customers want the genuine article. They know that the story of today’s Colt commercial and sporting rifles began with the Stoner AR-15® design that Colt transformed into a military-grade rifle — the Colt M16 automatic rifle. First deployed in the early days of the Vietnam War, the M16 followed in the footsteps of its Colt ancestors, establishing the quality, reliability and performance benchmarks by which all tactical military rifles have since been measured.

$999 – Brownells:

Retro Clone Colt AR15A4



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  • UWOTM8

    Ehhh I made an A4 clone with PSA parts complete with KAC rail for around $700. I’ll pass.

    • El Dude

      I second that. And we got CHF barrels to boot!

      • UWOTM8

        Heck you can even roll with the Freedom line and the nitride barrels will shoot straight.

  • DanGoodShot

    I’m willin ta bet those are already sold out. If not, they will be quickly.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Still in stock, for now.

      • DanGoodShot

        What I found funny MrGunsandgear, the YouTuber, just did a vid/rant about how he would like to see more 20-inch AR’s! Lol. You should forward him this article.

        • Matthew Zagone

          He did a review on the AR15A4 itself.

    • Joe Moore

      GandRTactical has at least one of these in stock for a good price.

      • Pete – TFB Writer

        Good people there too.

  • A Terrible Revelation

    I wish I could say I was surprised that no one at Colt noticed that they’re using M4 marked lower on a full sized rifle…

    • Anonymoose

      That must be that mysterious “M4 Rifle” I’ve heard so much about from internet gun writers…

      Also not that the main difference between this and the real M16A4, besides being semi-auto only, is that it has M4 feedramps (which are pretty much standard on everything now, and I’ve had a hell of a time sourcing A2-profile barrels that weren’t M4-cut).

  • Gary Kirk
    • UWOTM8

      That’s exactly what mine looks like except I have the carry handle instead of the $$$ ACOG.

      • Gary Kirk

        Yeah, that was a hard sell to the wife.. So my ACOG was even more expensive than normal, seeing that it required some “pretty rock/shiny metal” lubrication..

  • mcjagermech

    I’d prefer a three prong flash hider and a triangular forend myself

    • Anonymoose

      And a lightweight 1/14 barrel?

      • PK

        Personally, I’d dig the lightweight pencil barrel… but 1:7 twist would still be my choice for twist.

      • Twilight sparkle

        And a slightly shorter stock and a pistol grip without a finger grove, and a slab side lower and an a1 upper

      • Brett baker

        Naw, I want 1 of the 1-16 ones from the 1st run.

      • int19h

        Serious question: does anyone manufacture anything but 1:9 and faster these days, especially in mid-length or carbine-length uppers? I tried to find a 1:12 mid-length recently, and it seems that such a thing just doesn’t exist.

        • Anonymoose

          You are never going to find a 1:12 middy. The mid-length gas system came out long after the 1:7 became standard and cheapo manufacturers made 1:9 popular. You can get 1:12 14.7″ and 12.7″ (for pinning a 4.5″ XM177 comp) barrels from Brownells, but they had issues some with those which are probably corrected now. Be sure to match up your feedramps!

      • Gary Kirk

        Green mountain still makes both the 1:12 and 1:14 A1 style barrels

    • YES YES

    • Matthew Zagone

      The AR15A4 is a clone of the M16A4, not the M16 or M16A1.

  • Some Rabbit

    So you’re saying my old ‘pre-ban’ Colt ‘blue label’ rifle is back in style? Huh!

  • Anonymoose

    These have been on the market for almost 4 years now…

  • Realist

    Meh…I’ll take a BCM A4 over a Colt A4 any day.

  • alex archuleta

    What’s up with the M4 rollmark? Oh well at least it isn’t something stupid like $2,500. What’s old is new…

  • Joe

    Now you can go with either FN or Colt out of nostalgia, depending on who manufactured your assigned weapon. I’d like an FN A2 for most accurate nostalgia, please.

    • Gary Kirk

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ceeca5c19143593f0039e35c645f183be9d587a9e5c0df5bffeee0b93e848c3.jpg

      It’s an FN upper.. On a colt lower.. Same as I had on PI

      ETA: Don’t know why the pic is upside down..

    • Matthew Zagone

      If you were going for perfect authenticity in an A4 clone, it should be an FN. I do believe ALL of the Corps’ new-build A4s are made by FN. I know I’ve never seen a Colt made A4 that wasn’t a rebuilt A2. Unfortunately, the FN military collector M16 is a less authentic clone than the AR15A4 and costs more.

      I always loved seeing all the mixed parts on the rifles I was issued. Colt lower with an FN upper and Colt barrel. Upper looks almost new, while the lower is purple. The stamp that obviously read “M16A2” and was ground down and re-stamped “M16A4”. Five different rack numbers on the stock that have been painted over and remarked.

  • COLTonoscopy

    My FN 15 A4 style is way better in quality then any colt rifle in production. All colts, including my 6920, come from the factory with cheap looking anodizing and covered in scratches. My 6920 also needed the forward assist roll pin replaced because it was over inserted. Too bad FN doesn’t produce their A4 anymore. Only thing is that it has a button broached barrel as opposed to CHF, but still accurate as all get out!

    • Nicks87

      I was issued an FN produced M16A2 in the USAF and later received a Colt produced M4 when we switched to the new system. IMO the FN was more accurate and more reliable than the Colt and not just because of the longer sight radius because we used optics on both weapons too. The FN shot tighter groups and never malfunction while it was issued to me.

  • Dan Goodwin

    If Colt made a semi-auto clone of the M16A1 I qualified with at Lackland, I’d buy one. Jeez, that was 40 years ago!

    • Ryan Wagner

      They do make one, and they charge $2,500 for it. Your move.

  • Jim Slade
  • BeGe1

    Not even a proper A4 clone.

    No quad rail.

    • Bert

      They didn’t all have quad rails at first. When my unit had them, we received them like this. We received quad rails a few months later.

    • Ryan Wagner

      No reason you can’t buy one. I read on the ever-reputable “The Internet” that they started off with a KAC rail and then moved to something cheaper.

      • Matthew Zagone

        Nope, the KAC M5 RAS for the M16 and the M4 RAS for the M4 are still standard issue in the Corps.

    • Matthew Zagone

      It’s cheaper to buy the Colt AR15A4 and KAC M5 RAS separately anyway. The FN military collector M16, which includes the M5 RAS but not the carry handle, MSRPs for $1,749. The Colt AR15A4, which doesn’t include the M5 RAS but does include the carry handle, is $1,099 and the M5 RAS is $276 for a total of $1,375. When you consider the price along with the fact that the FN is not as faithful a clone of the M16A4, the Colt is a no brainer.

  • john huscio

    No triangle handguards 😣

  • Ratcraft

    Wheres the triangle forend?

  • I thought Colt released the A4 several years ago? There was a thread on M4carbine that a guy posting showing the colt a4 and fn rifle side by side. The thread was from 2014.

  • Ed

    Not really retro either. The Military still uses A4 rifles.

  • Ed

    It’s not retro. The A4 rifle is still in use in the military.

  • Gregory Markle

    “Colt’s rifles are the only rifles available to sportsmen, hunters and other shooters that are manufactured in the Colt factory and based on the same military standards and specifications as the United States issue Colt M16 rifle and M4 carbine.”

    An odd statement considering that these are not being made by Colt in a Colt factory.

    • rennsport4.4TV8

      Where did you see that Colt does not make this rifle?

  • Rustybore

    Puts me to mind of my early 80’s vintage SP1 Sporter. Best AR I have ever shot so far…

  • Madcap_Magician

    The precise rifle that you have basic training nostalgia for varies by year, but I recall my A4 was a Colt with a quad rail. I honestly preferred the A2 setup since we did most of our shooting with irons and only used CCOs for ARM.

    I very much want a Colt A2 because reasons.

  • jerry young

    The first things I noticed in the picture is the flat top upper with a removable carry handle not a clone the M16 had no Picatinny rails, the second was the round ribbed fore grip that should be triangular again not a clone but an AR made to resemble, if you’re going to clone an M16 then make the parts the same not just resemble, I understand they can’t manufacture an exact upper due to the semi auto versus full auto but if you are Colt attention should be in the details you don’t say you’re making a clone of one of your past weapons and then pull parts of newer ones off the shelf throw a rifle together and call it a day, this to me isn’t even a good attempt

    • Bert

      it’s a m16a4 clone, those features are all present on this.

    • Matthew Zagone

      This is indeed the closest to an authentic military-issue M16A4 as you can get. The only differences are the ambidextrous safety selector and M4 feed ramps. All you need to do to make it look like USMC issue is add KAC M5 RAS and TA31RCO-A4CP ACOG.

      All the features you’re talking about haven’t been on military issue M16s for decades.

  • DR.NUMBERS

    Are these made in-house or out sourced like the other retro rifles?

    • Alex

      The one I have is all factory colt with C marks in the proper spaces and my rifle was purchased with in the past two months

  • Blackhorse

    “I do take offense at the inclusion of a Magpul magazine – this gun screams for two 20 round Aluminum mags, just because.”
    As for the MagPul magazines, I agree.
    Considering Aluminum 30 Rd magazines were standard issue even with the M16A2, I have no idea why a younger rifle would “scream for two 20 round Aluminum mags”.
    Would fit the M16 and M16A1 better, historically speaking.

    I like it too, even if it came with your 20 rd or their 30 Rd magazines.

    Just saying 😉

    • Matthew Zagone

      The Pmag is actually closer to authentic military issue; the gen M3 windowed Pmag is now standard issue in the Marine Corps.

      • Blackhorse

        We were referring to the “time period” the original M16A4 (the article’s AR15A4 clone) was issued with, not today’s magazines. (Historically speaking)

        • Matthew Zagone

          The M16A4 is still the standard issue in the Corps.

          • Blackhorse

            That’s today not when it came out nor in use by any other service still using it.
            M4/M4A1 is standard issue now with M16A2/M16A4 supplements it.
            Considering it was manufactured years ago, long before the PMag was adopted.

  • Ryan Wagner

    Pretty much, this is nothing new

    • Matthew Zagone

      The fact that is actually available is new.

  • Anon. E Maus

    How about an A2 clone? Fixed carry handles are the bomb.