Digital Version of November/December 2014 Print Edition
CBP to buy hundreds of Colt M4 rifles for training and duty
CBP is planning to purchase 209 Colt M4 A1and 160 Colt M4 LE rifles from Colt Defense, LLC, of Hartford, CT, which it says is the only “responsible source” that can supply these specific weapons.
“The Colt M4 is currently the primary long arm (duty rifle) for CBP, as such all long arm training, tactics ammunition and accessories in the CBP inventory are based upon the Colt M4,” says a “justification and approval” document issued by the agency on September 11.
The rifles will be used for both training and duty use, says the notice.
“This specially designed law enforcement weapon system was built specifically for lightweight mobility, speed of target acquisition, and potent firepower, and includes features which have met the needs of CBP for many years,” says the agency’s document. “It has a 4-position buttstock fully retracted, the weapon is less than 30.5 in (77.5 cm) in length and weighs only 6.8 lb (3.08 kg) – ideal for tactical deployment and traditional patrol.”
In the past CBP has purchased Colt M4 rifles through a Department of Defense contract. Upon the expiration of that contract, DoD initiated a new contract process, which CBP was planning to use to purchase these new M4 rifles. However, to date, the DoD has not awarded a new contract, so CBP will place its own order directly with Colt Defense LLC.
The M4 offers several features that are important to CBP.
“This weapon is equipped with a step-cut barrel that allows it to accept a grenade launcher for less-lethal options,” the document continues. “Furthermore, the handguns are equipped with a quad rail system allowing for the addition of enhanced optical sights currently used by CBP.”
CBP expects to make this award on September 18. Further information about the contract is available from Matthew Korn at 317-614-4546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.