Originally Posted By echelon137:
Originally Posted By Alpha-Romeo3:
There are unconfirmed reports that the LE6900 are actually built for Colt by Anderson Manufacturing (KY).
I looked at AM's site and it is similar to what they're making, the barrels, tubular handguards and they even sell the Damage Industries mil-spec 6 position M4 with QD sling mounts.
I have Anderson Mfg. uppers, lowers, and BCGs sitting on the table in front of me right now, and the only markings that match are the Cerro Forge "keyhole" marks on the uppers/lowers. There are no other marks present on the "Colt" parts pictured that match. The only variation in markings present is 1 of the 4 Anderson Mfg uppers I have (newest, purchase post panic) has a Square forge mark, rather than the Cerro Forge Keyhole.
I wouldn't think they would take the time to add additional markings to the production process... unless they are just the assembler, and get shipped finished parts?
On the other hand though... Someone within Anderson Mfg. has told me they do OEM parts work for some of the larger brands, but wouldn't name names... I just assumed it was small parts work.
Anderson Mfg. and Colt won't have any common factory markings, as you said they only have the Cerro keyhole forge codes that are common and even these don't indicate who machined the parts, they're just the forge marking of the company that did the raw forging billet that are unmachinned.
The similarities that I noticed are the 4140 steel alloy barrel material used, 1/8 rifling twist, M4 profile, free floating tube handguard (except Colt doesn't have any vent holes, probably their own specified feature to have a lower cost component).
The only other unkown feature that we don't know about is does the Colt Light Carbine barrel, upper and lower have the Anderson's RF85 finish treatment that doesn't need any lube (it reduced friction up to 85 percent).
I also had unconfirmed communications from an Anderson worker that stated the same info that you have, that they do complete rifle assemblies and supplies parts for larger known brands but he won't specifically state who these companies are.