Remington to Produce M4 Carbine

Remington to Produce M4 Carbine

While the M16 has been produced by a variety of manufacturers over the last five decades, the M4 Carbine had until now been a Colt monopoly, with the exception of a few made by Bushmaster in the early 1990s.

That has changed with a contract issued to Remington, which will make as many as 120,000 M4 and M4A1 carbines at its factory in Ilion, N.Y. Interestingly, Freedom Group, which owns both Remington and Bushmaster, closed the latter's Maine factory last year and moved Bushmaster production to Ilion.

According to Military Times, Remington will provide the carbines at a cost of $673.10 each, compared to $1,221 for the last of the Colt production. The first order is for 24,000, with 2,000 a month to be produced through 2014.

The Army had been operating under a 10-year exclusive agreement with Colt starting in 1999, but at its completion acquired rights to the technical data package for the M4, enabling it to contract other makers to produce the carbine.

Maximum potential value of the contract is $180 million, so this is certainly a big get for Remington. Don't shed too many tears for Colt, however. It has gotten a contract to make M240B and M240L machine guns, formerly a monopoly of archrival FN.

Popular Videos

American Suppressor Association (ASA)

ASA is the unified voice of the suppressor industry and a leading subject matter experts on suppressors and suppressor related advocacy.

Performance Center M&P Shield M2.0

From Smith & Wesson, the M&P Shield M2.0 is a great option for a carry gun with optics option.

New Bushnell Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 Rangefinders

Jake Edson of Bushnell Optics tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead about the brand new Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 rangefinders.

See more Popular Videos

More Rifles


Ruger Announces Magnum Precision Rimfire

Jim Grant - December 28, 2018

The Ruger Magnum Precision Rimfire is offered in .17 HMR and .22 Magnum.


Brownells BRN-Proto Retro Rifle

Patrick Sweeney - July 02, 2019

Want the “Holy Grail” of AR-15 rifles? Brownells has made that possible with their BRN-Proto...


Savage's New Model 64 Takedown

J.J. Reich; Vista Outdoor Pressroom - March 28, 2019

Savage's new Model 64 Takedown offers great performance and ease of use.

See More Rifles

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.