Lewis Machine (LMT)
Custom built Mk18 Mod 3 URGi features the new 11.5" Colt chrome-lined phosphated military spec barrel with 10.5" Geissele Mk16 rail and a Colt upper receiver, with just the right trimmings. Built to the newest military standards, and professional assembled by Potomac Armory for Charlie's. The 10.3" Mk18 is a classic, but time has shown that an 11.5" barrel performs better with a wider variety of ammunition without adjustments to the gas port or the buffer weights. The "upper receiver group improved" 11.5" Mk18 performs best with a heavy (H or H1) carbine buffer.
Geissele has proven the Mk16 upper rail to USASOC in the URGi for M4A1 in 14.5" barrel, and now the Mk16 is showcased in the new Mk18 Mod 3. The barrels are either Colt or Daniel Defense government profile chrome-lined barrel, both of which have been used widely by military and law enforcement units. As an added bonus, the Surefire SOCOM 4-prong flash hider comes as an option, perfectly timed and rockset into position. This upper receiver group will accept any of the Surefire SOCOM series of suppressors. Charlie's prefers the SOCOM mini, as the length is appropriately sized to the short barreled upper. To prevent gas blow-back, especially in suppressed mode, the Mk18 Mod 3 comes standard with the PRI M84 military Gas Buster charging handle. Charlie's has chosen a low profile long nose gas steel gas block from Sadlak, which makes many of the gas blocks on the market today, under various brand names. The gas block is set with two set screws into dimpled barrel and red Loctite in place for a secure setting. We also offer a Geissele blackened gas block, which is expertly set in-place with lower screwed set screws, as an option, for an additonal cost. If interested, contact our sales team. We do not think it is needed, but many like the Geissele gas block, and it will come with barrel pinning (which is recommended for extreme duty, but not necessary for most law enforcement and recreational shooting needs).
The Colt upper receiver comes standard with a Colt bolt carrier group. Currently, Colt is shipping the Cerro forged upper receivers with the "keyhole" forge mark. Many consider Cerro to be the best forging for upper recievers. It is 100% Colt, including white-marked T-marks, M4 feedramps and interior dry lube. The Cerro forgings do not have Colt "CAGE code" which is found on military receivers. If you would rather have the CAGE code marked Colt receiver, let our team know. Colt is currently using Brass Aluminum Company forgings, with the "sqaure" forge marking. There is no cost difference to you, so let us know if you have a preference. There could be an extended wait time on the Brass Aluminum forged upper with the CAGE code, as Colt is shipping far more Cerro forged uppers without the CAGE code.
Charlie's is currently sourcing both Colt and Daniel Defense barrels, and barrel supply is very hard to get, so this is not a choice, but which company is supply us with barrels on any given month. The barrels both meet military standards, and both are Government profile, 4150 phospated steel with 1:7 twist and 5.56 NATO chambered and chromed lined. The Colt barrel is generally preferred, but Daniel Defense makes a barrel just as good. The Colt barrels come to us either new, or are take-offs from LE6933 short barreled rifle, and may have had the front sight base removed. If so, the small pin grooves have been blackened and the Sadlak entended low profile gas block will cover those pin grooves. If you choose a Geissele gas block, you may see the forward pin hole, but you have to be looking for it.
Note: the forged upper receiver will fit any mil-spec lower receiver. Colt is recommended, but other military grade forged lower receivers will fit as well, e.g., LMT, KAC, FN. Commercial forged and billet receivers will fit, but are not recommended with this military grade upper receiver group.
NFA notice: This upper when assembled to a rifle lower and stock becomes a short barreled rifle (SBR) which is subject to registration under the National Firearms Act. If assembled to a lawful AR pistol lower without a stock, this item can be used as part of an AR pistol. Be sure you understand the laws concerning SBRs and AR Pistols.
pics courtesy of Potomac Armory, Geissele and u/GS556 from Reddit
Colt M4 military grade forged upper receiver, 7075 aluminum hard coat anodized with M4 feedramps and engraved and painted top T marks. Either Cerro (keyhole) or Brass Aluminum (square) forge marks. Brass Aluminium also has the military CAGE code.
Either Colt or Daniel Defense 11.5" military grade barrel: 1:7 twist, Steel alloy 4150 CMV barrel, phosphated exterior and chrome-lined. HP/MPI. 5.56 NATO chambered and 1/2" threaded with 28 thread pitch,
Colt barrels are new, but could be take-offs from other new rifles, and may have grooves from where a front sight base was installed. Any grooves will have been blackened and covered by the long nose low profile gas block. Colt barrels generally are CAGE code marked near the muzzle. Daniel Defense barrels will be stamped between the breach and gas bock, and might not be visible without removing the rail.
|Bolt Carrier Group||
Colt military grade High Pressure tested and Magnetic Particle Inspected carrier and bolt. Military grade staked gas port. Test fired for tested. Bolt is normally marked MPC. The actual bolt may be marked with a "C" or might not be, depending upon what Colt is sending when your upper is assembled.
|Upper Ral / Hand Guard||
Geissele Mk16 10.5" military grade upper receiver, roll marked "Geiselle Automatics" Hard coat anodized in DDC with T-marks engraved and not painted, as per military spec in the URGi.
Standard with no flash hider, options for Surefire 4-prong Fast Attach Flash Hider (215-A), Surefire SOCOM 3-prong or Surefire SOCOM Close Time or Surefire SOCOM Warcomp 3-prong expertly timed and secured with Rocksett. Note: we time the Warcomp in Neutral position. If you prefer the partially offset gas port, just let us know i the comments.
Note: 1) The Warcomp could be a bit much for an 11.5", as significant blast will project through the ports. Not well suited for indoor ranges, as you will make a lot of noise for your neighbor, but the Warcomp is still very popular. 2) The 4-Prong is a very attractive option, but is not compatible with current production SOCOM suppressors.
low profile Sadlak extended gas block, steel constructed and phosphated or black oxide coated and set in place with two set screws and the barrel dimpled to lock the set screws in place. As an option, you may upgrade (for an addional cost) a Geissele Super Gas Block, black oxide blackened, and set in place with lower set screws and an additional drilling of a pin through the barrel. For Colt barrels, a shaved-off low profile factory front sight base is also an option, upon request, which is very popular, as it is set in place by two taper pins.
PRI gas buster charging handle, M84 with military latch
|Country of Origin||
Made in USA with all component parts military grade made in USA
5.56mm / .223 caliber
Accepts all common ammunition. 55, 62 or 77 grain recommended