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Lights, lasers, action! Walther offers a variety of interesting accessories for its Colt rimfire line to create the ultimate "tricked out" M4 tactical rimfire. Note the fake suppressor.

The flash hider muzzlebrake combo (above) looks very authentic, even if it is unnecessary. The rimfire 30-round magazine (below) functioned flawlessly. The mag is designed to look like its big brother once inserted into the mag well.

Lights, lasers, action! Walther offers a variety of interesting accessories for its Colt rimfire line to create the ultimate "tricked out" M4 tactical rimfire. Note the fake suppressor.

The New Colt Holding Corporation has licensed the Carl Walther firm of Germany to produce a complete line of dedicated M4 and M16 models imported, marketed and serviced through Umarex USA.

There couldn't be a better team than Colt, Walther and Umarex. Under the licensing agreement, the Colt features of the M4/M16 will be faithfully reproduced in a rimfire platform. The Carl Walther firm is world famous for the quality built into all its firearms, and Umarex USA has an enviable record as an importer and marketer for the RWS, Walther, Hammerli, Beretta, Colt, Smith & Wesson, Ruger RAM, Tactical Force and Magnum Research brands of replica air and airsoft rifles and handguns.

The new Colt .22s are available in two models and four variations. There's a standard-looking M16A4 rifle with a detachable carry handle for mounting optional optical systems, and the M16A4 "Special Purpose Rifle" featuring a fully integrated, aluminum Picatinny rail system forming the front handguard coupled with flip-up, auxiliary iron sights.

The second model, and the most appealing to me, is the Colt M4 carbine. With its 16.2" barrel and 4-position buttstock, it's a compact, well balanced superb handling firearm. No wonder it's the hands down choice of our fighting men and women. The M4, too, is available in two variations. There's a standard M4 with a conventional, detachable carry handle and composite front handguard, and then there's the "Ops" version pictured here in the article with a machined Picatinny rail handguard and an A2 type, fully adjustable, detachable rear sight.

The "Ops" is a cool-looking, little carbine with a 4-sided, machined rail system as a handguard you can trick out with lasers, flashlights, scopes, red dots and anything else you can hang on a Picatinny rail. My Walther/Colt M4 is currently in its plain vanilla format so my handguard rails are covered with detachable panels to form a fully rounded and comfortable forearm.

The range of Walther accessories available for the new M4/M16 models are mind-boggling. There are red and green lasers, compact 4x32 scopes, Xenon flashlights, red dot optics, 10- and 30-round magazines, alternative handguards, buttstocks, sights and even a realistic looking suppressor can, called a "compensator" in the catalog.

Faithful Clone

What I find commendable in the Walther/Colt is its faithful detailing when compared to a real M4 or M16. All the controls and parts are where they should be and function like an original. There's even a forward assist and a shell deflector incorporated into the right side of the upper as well as a functioning ejection port cover. The triggerguard hinges down giving a gloved hand access to the trigger.

The magazine latch and safety are where they should be and function as they should. The 4-position buttstock opens and closes like an M4's. The barrel contour and the flash hider/ muzzlebrake are profiled like that of an M4. Made of metal, the Walther/Colt M4 weighs in at a realistic 6.5 pounds. It even breaks down like a real M4/M16 for maintenance and cleaning.

The importance of this detailing can't be overstressed. Used as an understudy to a real M4/M16, the Walther/Colt

The flash hider muzzlebrake combo (above) looks very authentic, even if it is unnecessary. The rimfire 30-round magazine (below) functioned flawlessly. The mag is designed to look like its big brother once inserted into the mag well.

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