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Reloadron
April 25, 2013, 09:02 PM
Never planned a new black rifle, new to me anyway. This afternoon I was looking at ArmsList and saw this Colt SP1 in a nearby town about 10 min away. The pictures looked real nice and the gun caught my interest. The guy was asking $1300 which I felt for a nice clean SP1 was good.

My wife was on her computer so I looked up and showed her the rifle. She looked at it and said "Do you need one of those"? Need? No I sure as heck wouldn't mind looking at it up close. She said buy it if you want it. So I contacted the seller and within half hour I had an email. He still had it so we arranged to meet.

Nicest guy you could want to meet. Looked at the rifle, field stripped it and bought it never even arguing price. Came with a Colt magazine and a box of ammunition. Everything is correct and the rifle shows very little if any use.

http://www.bearblain.com/images/Colt%20SP1%201.png

http://www.bearblain.com/images/Colt%20SP1%202.png

Never figured I would buy a gun today when I woke up this morning but I couldn't say no. I guess it can take up residence in the safe with a few other AR rifles I have and I am not really an AR type.

Ron

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Fishbed77
April 26, 2013, 10:50 AM
Nice-looking rifle!

Reloadron
April 26, 2013, 11:04 AM
Thanks Fishbed, even being a Nam vet I never had an overwhelming desire to own one. My brother got one just before everything hit the fan. I have a Colt target sporter, an Armalite AR-10 and a mixed breed AR-15. When I saw this one at the price I figured why not. I have since tore the rifle down completely and it is a perfect specimen as to being correct.

Time to load more 223 I guess and hope for a long summer. :)

Ron

taliv
April 26, 2013, 11:10 AM
nice! i still love that configuration

RainDodger
April 26, 2013, 09:25 PM
Oh, my. That is a nice one. Rare to find one so nice that hasn't been messed with. Keep it stock.... it will never be worth less than you paid for it!

Geno
April 26, 2013, 09:44 PM
Very nice rifle! I like the AR platform. They are uncomfortable for my neck after having had so many surgeries. Back to my original point, I really like the AR platform, especially this one! Congrats. It looks like it has had a good bit of TLC. Thanks for the photos.

Geno

straightShot
April 26, 2013, 10:23 PM
Sweet! Congratulations!

Reloadron
April 27, 2013, 06:55 AM
I'll send a few downrange and likely shoot my sporter target more now. It was just hard to pass up and I figure I can always get my money back on it. Hey, when I check out for the big range in the sky my wife can live well. :)

Thanks for the compliments guys.

Ron

Cooldill
April 27, 2013, 07:12 AM
RETRO! Love it!

madcratebuilder
April 27, 2013, 08:39 AM
Good score, nice rifle, love the serial number.

Starship1st
April 28, 2013, 10:18 AM
Very nice! Enjoy your rifle.:cool:

allaroundhunter
April 28, 2013, 07:43 PM
Madcrate, he greyed out the final 2 or 3 digits of the serial number ;)

Reloadron
April 28, 2013, 07:54 PM
Madcrate, he greyed out the final 2 or 3 digits of the serial number ;)
Yeah, the last 3 digits. :)

I got in that habit likely because I have watched others do it for years. Like saying Ser. No. SP 85XXX. I believe madcratebuilder had a handle on what I did and posted in humor.

Anyway, the serial ranges look like this:

Year Serial Number Range
1963 SP00001-SP00023
1964 SP00101
1965 SP02501
1966 SP05600
1967 SP08250
1968 SP10750
1969 SP14000-SP14653
1970 SP15001-SP15473
1971 SP16001
1972 SP19401
1973 SP24201
1974 SP32601
1975 SP43801
1976 SP55301
1977 SP67651
1978 SP83400
1979 SP96401
1980 SP112801
1981 SP134601
1982 SP158201

So at a 85K range the rifle should be a 1978 manufacture. A serial number of SP 85 would be interesting as it never existed.

Ron

Quentin
April 29, 2013, 05:05 PM
Beautiful rifle! Reminds me of what I had in 'Nam. At that price I would have bought it too. My ARs are modernized versions but I do still long for one of those!

Paul7
April 29, 2013, 05:12 PM
Nice, that's my favorite AR configuration, lightweight and with the slightly shorter stock.

Reloadron
April 29, 2013, 05:55 PM
Beautiful rifle! Reminds me of what I had in 'Nam. At that price I would have bought it too. My ARs are modernized versions but I do still long for one of those!
The Nam thing was a driving factor. :)

Trained with the M14 and got to Nam and was handed a M16. Got a Marine Corps reunion in June and I may just take it along with my M1A. Absolutely no plans t modify or change a thing about it.

Ron

Fishbed77
April 29, 2013, 06:21 PM
Absolutely no plans t modify or change a thing about it.

I would certainly hope not!

I'm certainly a fan of modernized ARs, but that SP1 should definitely stay as-is!

Quentin
April 30, 2013, 01:18 AM
The Nam thing was a driving factor. :)

Trained with the M14 and got to Nam and was handed a M16. Got a Marine Corps reunion in June and I may just take it along with my M1A. Absolutely no plans t modify or change a thing about it.

Ron

Same here, Ron! Trained/qualified with the M14 1966-67, then Feb 1968 handed the M16 in Nam. Never once qualified with it! Then on to Korea in 1969, issued the M14 again, and there had to qualify right away, finally qualified expert, sharpshooter before. Of course this was the Army. :D

Anyway what a great rifle you have there, Marine! And enjoy your reunion too...

Dr.Rob
April 30, 2013, 03:01 AM
Neat find!

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