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Need info on Colt AR 15 SP1

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by redfireftr, Jul 26, 2008.

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  1. redfireftr

    redfireftr Member

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    Yesterday I got an SP1 and it is my first black rifle let alone AR. I tried looking up the info but I am not sure of the info I found. The instruction manual is dated 1979. The guy I bought it from thinks he bought it new around 1982. He said that he might have put 200 rounds through it which looks right. Inside is VERY clean.

    I have one mag and I couldn't find the same stamp on the internet. He said if he finds any more mags I can have them if I drive out there and pick them up.

    I have yet to fire it but I think its my new favorite. Anyway, check out the pics. They were taken with my camera phone so they are by no means high quality. Let me know if you all want any other shots.

    Thanks!

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  2. rcmodel

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    Nice find!

    The SP1 67xxx serial number dates to 1977.

    Colt switched to two letter serial number prefixs in 1979.

    The last SP1 serial numbered gun was SP1 83400 made in 1978

    The magazine is a commercial Colt mag supplied with the rifle.

    It has a 1/12 rifling twist and will handle most 60 grain and lighter bullets. It was designed to use the the 55 grain M193 ammo.

    It will not handle the heavier .223 bullets now all the rage, and probably will not stabilize the longer 62 grain M855.

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  3. Shear_stress

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    Nice find indeed. I love the classic style of the SP1 and the way that skinny barrel handles. Mine was made in 1968. Some day I'll get around to posting some pics.
     
  4. redfireftr

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    Thanks for the great info rcmodel. I brought it to the range today and didn't know what to expect but it was very accurate.

    I know people collect all guns but is this actually considered a collectors item?
     
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    If you run across one with the box, original accesories, barrel tube, etc. they do have a body of folks who collect them.
     
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    Instruction Manual

    I was looking through the instruction manual and page 38 is a firearm record and its filled out!

    Colt Model: AR-15 Sporter
    Serial No: 67XXX
    Caliber: .223
    Purchased From: The Bullet Hole Gun Ctr
    Purchased Date: 4/30/82
    Purchase Price: $533.50

    When I traded for it the guys wife said she thought they bought it in 1982! Cool.
     
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  7. Shear_stress

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    Works out to a hair over $1200 in 2007 dollars. I guess Colt's really haven't risen all that much in price over the years.
     
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