The Colt Tactical Carbine, formerly the AR-15A3 Tactical Carbine, is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO or .223 Rem.
The carbine barrel is shorter than on a full rifle, and allows for easier handling when fighting in tight spaces. In that sense, Colt labels the Tactical Carbine as a weapon intended for law enforcement commonly used as a patrol rifle.
However, the rifle is slightly heavier than the Law Enforcement Carbine, but the added weight helps off-set some of the loss of accuracy in the shorter barrel.
The Tactical Carbine features a 16.1-inch heavy barrel. The rifle utilizes a four-position telescopic retractable buttstock that goes from 32 inches when retracted to 35.5 inches when extended. It has adjustable front and rear sights with a flat top rail for mounting optics.
The guns has an effective range of 600 meters and a rifling twist of 1 in 9 inches. The rifle also features a removable carry handle, which adds up to a final weight of 7.3 pounds.
Colt is a famed American gun manufacturer founded in 1836. The company is best known for its revolvers and pistols, but also produces a variety of civilian and military gun designs used all over the world.