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Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by drew4691, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. I'm selling my LE6920, so should i get the LE6940, or go with the S&W M&P 5.45x39 and get a 5.56 upper? The 5.45 i think is neat because the ammo is so cheap. But i still like the 5.56 round.

    I am not interested in doing the 22LR drop in bolt.

  2. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx

  3. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Keep the 6920, and buy a 5.45x39 upper
  4. thisaway

    thisaway Moderator

    Jan 11, 2000
    Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
    My opinion...get the 6940 and then buy a separate 5.45mm upper.
  5. djegators


    Mar 1, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    Why are you selling the 6920?

  6. family member wants to buy it. I think i'm going to go with the LE6940, then get the 5.45 upper later.
  7. crazymoose

    crazymoose Nonentity

    Feb 9, 2005
    Keep the 6920. I like that Colt is getting into the monolithic upper game, but the rail on the 6940 is too short, and the flip-up sight sucks compared to aftermarket alternatives. S&W AR-15s are overpriced and overrated.
  8. Truckee

    Truckee Aging Goat

    Jul 17, 2005
    Shenandoah Valley
    ^^ That ^^
    Have a 6920 w/ LaRue rail. My partner bought a 6940. Hands down, I'd keep my Colt over his.
    City PD is running the S&W M&P AR. They got a good price... but, no way I'd want it in my trunk, especially over the Colt.
  9. DRT


    May 6, 2001
    Either keep the 6920 or get the 6940 but do not get a s&w ar15. The s&w is junk compared to a colt.
  10. i went with another 6920, with Daniel Defense Omega 7.0 rail system. both should be in next week sometime, cant wait! Thanks for your responses
  11. fastbolt


    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    Keep or buy whatever suits you and meets your anticipated needs.

    Some folks get a bit too involved in over thinking the configuration aspect of choosing a duty weapon for non-military application, you know. ;)

    Personally, I've always felt the Colts offered a reasonably good value for the dollar.

    On the other hand, I've been watching a number of different M&P 15's exhibiting some pretty decent performance and functional reliability in the hands of some of the other instructors and armorers. There are some little differences in how they're producing their models, but they seem to be ramping up their abilities pretty quickly.

    We were told in the armorer class that they would have a M4 available for qualified purchasers in the near future. It was mentioned that the S&W name has apparently attracted a LOT of interest when it comes to their AR line and sales out of the country. They were reportedly initially caught a bit by surprise regarding demand.

    I'd buy a M&P 15 before I'd buy a handful of some other non-Colt AR's I've had the opportunity to handle and shoot ...

    When it comes to the AR design it really just comes down to the quality of the parts used, though, as well as the expectations and desire of the companies to maintain QC during production (or assembly) of the guns.

    Since I still work in the capacity of an instructor and armorer since my retirement, I still get my fair share of opportunity to listen to younger folks passionately debate (or argue) about the best combination of aftermarket gadgets and equipment to use to modify the AR system for various LE service. Most of the time the folks with the most strident opinions could be said to be folks who would better benefit from some more training & range time than so much debate and worrying about the configuration of their rifles/carbines.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2010
  12. glock22357

    glock22357 Got Ammo???

    Mar 1, 2004
    Benton Harbor, MI
    Check it out....I love mine, and it's got some features I value above those on the 6940, like better BUA sights and a longer fore-rail (both by Troy Industries.)
  13. kabob983

    kabob983 "Mostly" Dead

    Jun 27, 2005
    Birmingham, AL
    BUIS are interchangable, that's not exactly a big selling point. As for the rails that's all personal preference, it wouldn't cost any more to buy another AR and add the rail of your choice. That said, Troy is a good option.

    As for the rail being too short on the 6940 I suppose it's all personal preference. I for one don't understand WHY Colt hasn't embraced the future and made a monolithic upper with a middy gas system, I mean come on!

    -6940-style receiver w/9" rail and A2 FSB
    -14.5" or 16" barrel
    -Midlength gas system
  14. LarryD1130


    Aug 31, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I love my 6920 and I would never sell it.
  15. glock22357

    glock22357 Got Ammo???

    Mar 1, 2004
    Benton Harbor, MI
    One difference is that the 6940 is a true monolithic upper, and the M&P15T isn't. It probaly means nothing in a practical matter, just a difference. I gotta add that on my M&P15T, the only way to notice this is to notice the slight difference in finish and look real hard.

    Two questions; Is the barrel on the 6940 free-floated? Can you remove the rails on the 6940?
  16. Outstanding point.

  17. glock22357

    glock22357 Got Ammo???

    Mar 1, 2004
    Benton Harbor, MI
    While everyone can benefit from more training and range time, I'd suggest that modern weapon lights and optics make using an AR faster, easier and deadlier. Whatever level of performance one has, it's improved with those modern attatchments.

    I'd say that a weapon light is the most important thing, every home SD weapon should have one.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2010
  18. kabob983

    kabob983 "Mostly" Dead

    Jun 27, 2005
    Birmingham, AL
    I know the S&W rail isn't monolithic, I was just saying rails and such are all personal preference. I don't have a rail on any of my AR's as I don't really see a need for 'em.

    As fo ryour questsion yes, the 6940 barrel is free floated and no, you cannot remove the rail (it's a solid piece with the upper).
  19. Oh cool. I'm glad i went with the 6920 now. I can just put the handguards back on it if i take the DD Omega 7.0 rail off, and the 6940 flip up front sight post doesnt lock in place. .. (from what i read).

  20. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    Also, the special barrel wrench to remove the 6940's barrel isn't availible at this time.