Reviewed By: David L on 10/05/2014
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
I would describe this rifle in one word: Outstanding.
A couple months ago I purchased this for exactly $632. It's competitor, the Colt AR15A4, has a price-tag hovering around $1000. With this Del-Ton, you essentially get the same rifle and save over $300.
Quality: Out of the box this gun was in perfect condition. Everything firm and tight. A field strip showed properly staked gas key, M4 feed ramps, no issues. Everything functioned fine. As is normal with AR-15s, the buffer weight very slightly jiggles when the rifle is shaken. Stock is solid, standard A2 type with the small compartment. The upper and lower are decently tight, better than Colts, which are notorious for the wiggle. Bear in mind the upper/lower wiggle does not affect accuracy or reliability. The handguards are very impressive, with little wiggle. Front sight is standard F-stamped. Flash hider has cuts on the upper part to reduce recoil. This rifle unloaded and without rear sight is hefty at 8.0lbs. Over 9lbs loaded and with carry handle. Recoil is very smooth and manageable.
Reliability: Out at the range this Del-Ton ate through various types of ammo, from reloads to PMC without a single failure to feed or fire. 55 and 62 grain 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem no problem. Included magazine functioned just fine, although I think it's inferior to traditional standard issue mags and definitely inferior to P-mags. Bolt locked back on every single emptied magazine.
Accuracy: with front sight set to mechanical zero and aftermarket rear sight set to mechanical zero, first group of shots was high. I raised the front sight post a few clicks, and I was punching holes in the 25m M-16A2 target inside the black silhouette. Set up a military 100 yd target and scored multiple shots in the black. This won't necessarily be match grade accuracy, but with a 20" HBAR barrel, you're gonna be very happy.
Inside the cardboard box is the rifle itself, one magazine, a lock, and papers. That's it. No case. No sling.
Both times at the range, the #1 question I was asked was if this was a Colt rifle. Not only is everyone impressed with it, they're floored by the $600 price-tag for a brand new rifle. I've shot Colt ARs that are not only as accurate as this gun, but finicky with various ammo brands, wobbly with their upper/lower mating and handguard mating, and in need of a "break-in period." The only break-in period this Del-Ton needs is to be purchased. If you were to remove the stamped Del-Ton insignia and place Colt's on there, the most seasoned Colt expert would probably not be able to tell, and would be very excited he got a Colt without any problems...
If brand name is a big factor for you and you're not afraid to make it rain for the name, then move along. But if you're no-nonsense, and looking for a rifle just as reliable as the big names but at a reasonable price, strongly consider this one.
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