Several months ago a friend of mine mentioned that Colt was prototyping a couple 3Gun rifles at his home range in Canby and said they looked like a serious contender in the 3Gun rifle arena. Not long after that I heard some rumors about them on the Enos forums and then they started popping up in magazines, and so it seems, they are legit. Fast forward to today where I took delivery of my new Colt Competition CRP-18 from Precision Point Arms. Until now I’ve been using my DPMS 3G1 which has served me very well but DPMS’ heavy 18″ barrel makes it a bit too heavy for a little guy like myself. And although I have come to appreciate the JP single stage trigger, I’m a 2 stage trigger aficionado. Plus who doesn’t want to try out a new rifle?

Building on Colt’s legendary reputation for producing a top tier rifle, Bold Ideas in Canby, Oregon has taken the CRP and make it one of the finest 3Gun rifles available. Look out JP! They have 2 models, the more affordable Expert and the high performance Pro model. I went all in and chose the Pro since it has a very ingenues tool-less adjustable gas block made exclusively by Bold Ideas for this rifle, a SureFire muzzle brake/supressor mount, a fluted barrel, and the coup de grace, a Geissele 3.5 lb. Super 3 Gun (S3G) Trigger. I love me some Geissele triggers! And going against the grain with Colt, it also sports a rifle length gas system which should make for a very light recoiling rifle.

Out of the box – Initial thoughts

The rifle arrived in a very unimpressive cardboard box not worthy of the rifle that lay inside. I pulled the rifle out and noticed a very nice little blue “binder” that hold the manual, the charging handle, the bolt carrier group, cleaning kit, a Magpul PMAG, a small bottle of CLP, and a card with a small 1 inch target that has three holes in it showing the accuracy of this rifle’s barrel at 100 yards. Looks to be 1/2 MOA by the looks of this card. Not a bad place to start.

I applied a bit of Slip2000 to the BCG and charging handle and inserted them into the rifle. Right away I noticed just how tight of a fit the upper fits to the lower. No movement whatsoever. I racked it a few times get a feel of the system and performed a function test. The Geissele trigger is just awesome, I can’t wait to try it out and see how fast followup shots are going to be, especially after I get the gas block tuned to my load.

Making it mine

It comes with a Magpul MOE grip that I immediately swapped out the Magpul MIAD grip which is the de facto standard for all of my ARs. It comes with a standard safety selector which I replaced with a B.A.D.A.S.S. amibi-safety and added a Magpul BAD lever.

I topped off the rifle with a Meopta ZD 1-4x which sits in a LaRue QD LT104 mount and adjusted the ocular lens and Magpul CTR stock to my position. It should now be ready to kick some serious butt at the range. 

Overall Feel

Now that she’s put together and sports an optic it’s time for a little dryfire work. After a few presentations from the low-ready it became obvious that the balance is really spot on and right where I like it. One of the fundamental problems I had with the DPMS 3G1 was that it was overly front heavy. Colt eliminated this issue by using a thinner profile barrel and fluting it where they could. It’s really nice how it just goes right into place and should be nice and quick moving between different positions on barricades. Even though it has an 18″ barrel it feels like a 16″ because of the weight and balance.

The 15″ handguard is a great addition to this rifle. One of my favorite things about the DPMS 3G1 was the 12.5 JP handguard which allowed you to add chunks of picatinni rail to it but remained “slick” because it was round so rolling the rifle wasn’t inhibited like the big quadrail handguards do. The Colt’s custom handguard is pretty close to the JP handguard and only edges it out because it is a full 15″ as opposed to the JP at 12.5″. In fact, I liked the JP handguard so much I have one on every AR I own with the exception of this Colt. The Colt does come with a 1″ section of picitinni rail that you can use to mount a back up iron sight or a flashlight. It’s a pretty decent design and I most likely won’t bother putting a JP on it.

The Colt also includes a Badger Ordnance Extended Tactical Latch on the charging handle which is another nice feature since I added one to my DPMS 3G1 and would have missed it here.

After a little more dryfire with the new rifle I am beyond excited to get this thing to the range and break it in and get the gasblock setup for my load. This thing wreaks of potential and I simply cannot wait to get it in the next rifle match. So far, it looks like Colt has a real winner on it’s hands and if it runs as well as it looks then I should be bringing a few more ribbons home.

Stay tuned because I plan on having a full range report after getting this out to the range.

Review Of The Colt Competition CRP-18
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2 thoughts on “Review Of The Colt Competition CRP-18

  • November 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm
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    I am seriously thinking of purchasing this rifle, is anyone making back up iron sights? Plus, I enjoy the challenge of iron sights long range shooting {Harkens back to my days in the Marines and shooting the M-14 with iron sights. And yes, I own a Springfield M1A1}

  • November 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm
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    Ed-
    Are you looking for custom iron sights? I would think that a set of Troy Flip Up Iron Sighs would work or the Dueck Defense sights would fit the bill.

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