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Posted: 10/9/2007 9:13:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/9/2007 9:14:16 PM EDT by bigez]
If you have NIB Colt and never open the box, will it rust? Or, are you better off opening it up and storing it in a safe?

How are they packed at the factory? Are they covered in oil, etc.?
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 9:46:47 PM EDT
Given the right humidity conditions, yes it sure will. You need to at least open it up once and a while and wipe it down. The good this about the AR is there's not a whole lot other than barrel, FSB and controls that will rust.

But still, every 60 days or so...wipe it down.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 9:47:23 PM EDT
I don't think I'd risk it.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 9:55:21 PM EDT
Slather it in cosmoline...seriously.
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 10:01:55 PM EDT
Yes.


Link Posted: 10/9/2007 10:54:55 PM EDT
Now I can see if a rifle is rare or a limited edition that is numbered I would go through the trouble but an off the rack model, I would just shoot the sh!t out of it instead of making it a safe queen.

Getting back on the topic, I'm sure you could put a thin coat of long storage lube that will keep it from rusting. The post where you could vacuum bag the rifle is another cool idea and in addition maybe throw a Hydrosorbent silica gel container in the bag to make sure all moisture content is out of the bag. Good luck.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 7:10:11 PM EDT
Does it come in a vacuum bag from Colt?
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 7:14:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bigez:
Does it come in a vacuum bag from Colt?

My dad just bought one and it wasn't in a vacuum seal.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 7:14:54 PM EDT
Put it in a gun storage bag with some dessicant.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 7:55:55 PM EDT
take it out and look at it every couple months, wish you would shoot it, wipe it down with oil and put it back.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 8:15:29 PM EDT
Dessicant.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 1:46:12 AM EDT
Dont worry about keeping it in the box unopened as it will be opened by the FFL who is recieveing the carbine to compare numbers.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 2:11:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By bigez:
Does it come in a vacuum bag from Colt?



The LE series rifles do not

there is a product featured in the recent issue of SAR that boasts long term protection for your firearms

I think this is them ------ Z-Corr Firearm Storage and Preservation Bags

Our US Marines use them (allegedly)
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 7:45:50 AM EDT
My brandy new 6920 came in a dated plastic bag that was partially sealed at one
end. This is obviously not any type of long term protection, even though the
exterior appeared to have a light coat of ?? for protection. I always liked the
Essotex type coating that IMI put on the semi UZIs that came in during the '80s.
I'd wipe 'em down, inside and out, at least every few months...and more if yer
in a humid location. Where I'm at, mold seems to be a bigger problem than
rust.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 9:23:23 AM EDT
Look for a product called RIG. It looks like clean oily grease. I have guns from WW1 & 2 that have been stored 15+ years treated with RIG and never had any problems. You can handle the gun and put it back without having to worry about it.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 10:41:56 AM EDT
I only did it once with my former '91 Colt R6551 Sporter Target, A2 lower, 20" gov't profile barrel, no sear block, blue label, I opened the box and oiled it every several months and kept it in its original factory plastic bag (with one end open).

Kept it NIB never fired for 10 years in a safe with lots of dessicant, but I live in a desert area so no problems, sold it during the AWB in 2001 still in NIB condition.

I have other ARs, AKs, etc., that's why I never used it.
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