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Are Colt ARs getting hard to find?

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  1. castile

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    I see they are out of stock at most places at least for the under 1200 dollar versions. I was wondering if they are getting hard to find and are prices going up?
     
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    I have never looked. There are so many better options than a Colt out there. After my first AR I have also never bought a complete gun. The closes I have come was buying an upper kit and even that I modified. The AR is too easy to build and tinker with to not build them yourself to fit exactly what you want/need.
     
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    Never cared to look either. I’m sure they are getting hard to find as they quit selling to civilians “to focus on government contract.” Oh well, there are much better options than Colt in my opinion for an AR, so collectors can have them. I’ve bought exactly one complete AR rifle in my time, ever since it’s been buying parts and putting them together for me, and I’ve been very pleased with the results.

    There is no way that I’m spending more than $700 on a Colt 6920 that’s for sure.

    A quick search on gun.deals for Colt 6920 says one can get a used one for $989 and a new one with MagPul furniture for $1,399. So if your a Colt fan there you go.
     
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    The AR is a commodity. The Colt name adds some cachet, but not enough to justify the higher price. I have three Colts (two from the 1960's and one in full auto from the 1980's) and that's enough for me.
     
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    I have one Colt M4A1 semi-auto I obtained in 2013 for a price I would not pay today, but thought justified seven years ago. It is a good gun, but I think today there are many equals and the prices are better.
    The Colt has features that weren't common then, but almost universal now.
     
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    They're getting hard to find because they became a market failure. A Ford Edsel is also a little tough to find these days, too.
     
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    Looks like :eek: $2000 + for a new Colt at Ammoseek & Buds Gun Shop.
     
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    A fool and his money...
     
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    …are soon parted.
     
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    As mentioned, Colt stopped selling rifles to civilians.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/business/bu...king-ar-15s-civilian-sale-says-there-n1056561

    Colt made solid, reliable rifles at a decent price at one point. When I bought my 6920, it might have been one of the best service rifles available for under a grand. I have owned a 6920 and I still own a 6960 CCU. I paid about $1200 for the Colt Combat Unit carbine, which was about $300 less than a similarly configured BCM.

    I wouldn't pay the prices they are asking for them now. You can get a CHF FN barrel on a PSA for 1/3 the price these days. Or find deals on both building kits and complete uppers/lowers on places like Aero Precision. Too many options out there to pay hundreds of dollars for a pony logo, unless you are a dedicated Colt collector.

    In fact, if Colt wants to play politics with my rights, I am done giving them money at all. They deserve every bankruptcy they get, as far as I am concerned.

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    A friend has a Green Box AR. He finished university in Essen Germany before moving here (for the now-defunct "international aviation school" in Bolivar TN) in the 80s.

    His 1985 Colt AR might be worth $1500 (?) and has seen very limited use or wear. Seldom touches it, and let me emphasize that the guy never really caught the 'gun virus'.
    I doubt that he kept that original Green cardboard box which people include in many photos.
     
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    :eek:" A Ford Edsel is also a little tough to find these days, too." :rofl:

    Thank goodness!:D
     
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    I personally wouldn't buy a Colt product anymore these days. I am not an expert, but it seems like the stuff they're selling now are overpriced and the quality isn't up to snuff.

    And now they're not selling ARs to civilians anymore, just a matter of time before they go bankrupt yet again...
     
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    My first AR was a Colt A3 HBAR, and it was a decent shooter, but I’ve built more accurate AR’s for a LOT less money. Never saw what was so special about Colt. Now that they’ve stopped selling to the general public I care even less.
     
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    They turned the "civilian" rifle assembly line over to work on a couple big military contracts. Once those are finished they are planning to start producing the 6920 and their other models again.

    The 6920 is a good rifle. It might not be the fanciest but it is built to correct specs and serves well as a fighting rifle. Before this all went down the 6920 could be had for 750 and you could find the Mexican Army overruns for under 700.
     
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    But who wants a 6920? Even for $750? You can have a nearly identically configured gun from PSA for less than $500 and the fit and finish is probably better than the Colt. But what are you going to do with such an AR? Other than my 22 LR upper all of my AR have free floated hand-guards. Again other than my 22lr none of them have a front sight base. I guess if you want an M4orgery for whatever reason that's all fine an dandy. Personally I am not sure what I would do with such a rifle. I am missing Colt even less than Bushmaster and DPMS...
     
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    At the Fort Worth Gun Show saturday, they were not common; not scarce, either. Just hard to see in all the black rifles afoot.
     
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    Folks want a Cadillac, when they pay a Cadillac price. Colt is a Chevy, going at the Cadillac rate. When you have a choice of 19 other similar rifles, just as good or better, at half the price,
    how many guys are going to fork over an extra 600$, just because a horse logo is stamped on the Lower ?
     
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    Runs on other people's fuel. Free maintenance for life. Auto loan forgiveness. Doesn't work at all until after 40 years old. Wicked.
     
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    This ^

    I'd get a Daniel Defense, Sig, LMT, POF, or H&K if I wanted to spend over a grand on an AR. I'd take BCM over all of them though.

    But for now, I'll stick with my very reliable and accurate PSA home build rifle
     
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  22. castile

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    Not always. I paid 650 for my Match Hbar new from a gun shop that just wanted it gone in 1996. I paid 1100 for my LE 6920 in 2013 when you could not find any ar15 under a grand.
     
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    "Are Colt's Getting Hard to Find?"

    If not now, they will be. And they'll be pricey.

    According to Father Guido Sarducci's 5 minute School of Economics, there are only two rules: Supply and Demand, and Buy Low, Sell High. Both will apply here.

    If I had to have a horse on my receiver, I'd buy an Anderson.
     
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    Had one,sold it tripled my money. I don't lose any sleep over it.
     
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    Same configuration doesn't mean the same rifle. The 6920 is built to correct spec using the correct materials and testing proceedures. I was issued a "just as good" Bushmaster years ago. They just flat out didn't hold up to real training use. The rifles were constantly down at training days. My rifle broke several times and went through a set of gas rings every 6 months or so. After we switched back to Colt rifles the issues went away. My 6920 is somewhere around 12 to 13 thousand rounds and has never been down.

    When you use your rifle for more than range work a properly built one gives you ease of mind and a much lower chance of failure in a gunfight.

    All that being said I like PSA. I have several of their rifles and just picked up one of their AKs. But if it goes down at my house I'm grabbing either my Colt or my Colt-BCM franken gun.
     
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