Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by marksman13, Oct 13, 2020.
Back when the “AR-15” was banned by name only in Ca, Colt got around it by calling their product the “Match Target.” It only lasted a short period of time before the overlords banned them by their name and by their parts.
I gave the original upper to my Dad and put on a BCM 14.5” with a pinned Phantom.
Cool find, it should shoot very well for you (mine did...and still does.)
Back in the day (during the ban era), these emasculated Colt guns were not very attractive to buyers. By that time, there were plenty of aftermarket receivers and other parts, out of which people were assembling their own without regard to the "ban" restrictions. The "ban" wasn't very enforceable.
"Looking" like an A2 isn't as important to me as it used to be ... back then the AWB was like a fresh wound ... it hurt and required striking back in defiance, just like swapping out the "Bush-hole" stock on your AK!
These days I would just leave it as is.
As a Match or Target gun it doesn't need a flash hider and most don't have them ... as for the bayonet lug, how often do you see a bayonet on any rifle anymore?
Of course, your money, your decision ... but I'd hope you don't make any permanent modifications, and keep the original parts ... barrels are cheap and its future value may surprise you.
I don’t intend to change anything other than swapping the stock since the previous owner decided to screw this one up. Probably gonna turn around and sell it at some point though. I’ve got so many ARs that I don’t really need this one and would rather have another Ruger No. 1.
Most of the A2 stocks available these days are cheapies made in China.
It seems to me that patching the holes in your existing stock, and refinishing (a coat of flat-black paint), would be preferable to putting on a stock of unknown origin.
Are there any markings on the stock that differentiate a aftermarket or even Chinese made stock from a Colt stock?
On the other hand, I know of several classic car guys that say, "every dent, ding & scratched was earned, and its only original once", meaning they would rather have an "original" than a repaint, and that is important to some people ... so even if you do replace it, it may be good to hang on to the original ... your gun, your money!
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