Colt LE901

Colt LE901

Another little part upgrade for one of my guns. Pretty much everything on an AR-15 or AR-10 can be customized but when you have an oddball rifle that has special proprietary parts, there aren’t many options. The Colt LE901 uses a special charging handle that is longer than an AR-15 but shorter than an AR-10. Precision Reflex recently did a small production run of 901 specific Gas Buster charging handles. 

It’s a huge improvement over the stock factory Colt charging handle since the PRI Gas Buster is a little wider but has the extended latch. There are two latch options; the Military Big Latch and the Combat Latch. I went with the Combat Latch because it has serrations for more grip. The Military Big Latch is the same size but has a smooth latch. Aside from the size advantage, the Gas Buster latches are designed to divert gas, oil and particles away from the shooter’s face. Overall I’m happy with the upgrade since it shores up the deficiencies of the factory charging handle. As for price, it’s listed on PRI for $89 w/o shipping added, so about under $100. (GRH)

Thunder Five

Thunder Five

Decided to buy a set of inserts for my Thunder Five, which is considered the progenitor of the Taurus Judge and Smith & Wesson Governor. Its a large revolver capable of firing .410 shotshell and .45 Long Colt. The inserts I got for it allow me to use readily available .22 Long Rifle. Why? Its a cheap plinking option as well as doubling as a more user friendly introductory firearm if I take friends or family members to the range. There are other inserts which I will probably end up buying as well; one in 9x19mm, .32 ACP and .380 ACP. (GRH)

JRA M72 AB1 

JRA M72 AB1 

The regular version of this rifle maintains the RPK length barrel and bipod like the fixed stock model. James River Armory built a few of these M72 AB1′s and cut down the barrel to 16″ while eliminating the bipod and associated hardware. While not officially labeled as a Khyber from James River Armory, this style was already seen in some real world examples from the Khyber Pass, although mostly with the triangle folder instead of the under folder stock. They are sometimes incorrectly called “Tankers” because of the misinformation that these were issued to tank crews that needed something compact in their confined work space. (GRH)

Colt M4 Carbine 

Colt M4 Carbine 

Your standard civilian market Colt M4 Carbine made unique by the very rare and limited production run M203 Grenade Launcher from Colt. In this case it isn’t really a grenade launcher because it has a smooth bore 37mm barrel for launching flares. A genuine 40mm grenade launcher barrel can be installed but requires NFA paperwork since it turns the flare launcher into a Destructive Device. Colt only produced 300 of these M203′s for the civilian market and they sold out almost instantly, but are showing up for resale at absurd prices. LMT makes their own M203 flare launchers but for the collector and purists, the Colt M203′s will hold a higher value longer. (GRH)