Colt to shoot or not to shoot


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Miterek
December 8, 2012, 12:20 AM
I recently purchased never fired Colt sporter lightweight. It is a Pre ban carbine 5.56. Came in original blue label box. I am primarily a handgun guy, and not too many places will let me shoot it where I live. I was in the Army where I carried a M-16a2. The real question is, Is there collector value in this rifle, and how much would be lost if I shot it, but not abused it?

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meanmrmustard
December 8, 2012, 12:23 AM
Collector value?

None other than face.

MachIVshooter
December 8, 2012, 04:05 AM
It is a Pre ban carbine 5.56.

No it isn't. Fixed A2 stock, bayonet lug ground off. That is ban configuration.

Is there collector value in this rifle

None. It's got the pony, but it's still just another AR, and one that really needs a few parts replaced. Around here, that rifle would probably move at ~$900-$950.

Me? I would pay $700 out the door maximum for said rifle in new condition, because it will cost $100 or so to put a correct buffer and decent stock on it, $50 for a correct front sight, and another $300 to put a decent mid length barrel and handguard on instead of the stupid carbine length 16" tube.

Gordon
December 8, 2012, 04:11 AM
Nice gun, enjoy it ! :banghead:

rondog
December 8, 2012, 12:16 PM
It's just an AR-15, and a basic one at that. Either shoot it and enjoy, or sell it to someone that will. It'll never be worth more than it is right now, AFA "collector value".

mtrmn
December 8, 2012, 12:29 PM
Definitely a shooter. I don't know why anybody would put a "correct front sight" on it unless they wanted a bayonet lug for some reason.
A "stupid carbine length 16" tube" adorns 5 of my AR's-no trouble with any of them. The A2 stock is very steady and reliable, but I might change that to the collapsible version.
All in all you have a very good weapon, just no real collector value. Shoot it and enjoy it.

MachIVshooter
December 8, 2012, 01:25 PM
I don't know why anybody would put a "correct front sight" on it unless they wanted a bayonet lug for some reason.

Um, to attach a bayonet. There are other accessories that can also use the lug.

A "stupid carbine length 16" tube" adorns 5 of my AR's-no trouble with any of them.

There is a good reason that mid lengths have become so popular. If you don't mind the silly looking 8" of barrel & FH hanging out past the front sight, the increased force on parts from excessive dwell time, and that a standard bayonet won't fit right, good for you. I said changing to a middy is what I would do to the rifle, not what has to be done to it.

He asked about value, and when Wally World is selling the post-ban 6290 for $1,039, the AWB ban configuration of this rifle hurts it's value.

Miterek
December 8, 2012, 04:48 PM
Thanks for the insight guys. Sounds like this is a rifle that I can shoot and not feel bad about.

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