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Posted: 1/30/2011 11:34:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2011 1:03:11 AM EDT by SecondAmend]
According to the information provided in the FOIA request I made, my Armalite/Colt, Model 601 turns 50 years old Monday, 31 January 2011. It's already classified as a C&R weapon, but tomorrow it will be a C&R on both counts. It is has a "three digit" serial number as well as dual Armalite and Colt labels.

The 601 was shipped to the original purchaser on 06 February 1961 and spent most of it's time there. It then went between a couple of Dealers in rapid succession in the 2003-2004 time frame, and I picked it up in 2005. It's a basic 601 except that the furniture was replaced by one of the Dealers. I had it for sale last year so pics have floated around, and I won't bother to post any. It does not appear to have ever been shot very much by any owners, myself included.

No cake or candles planned.

ETA on 31 Jan 11 - The Dealer who replaced the furniture also had the metal refinished.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:51:35 PM EDT
Let's see those pictures anyway. Happy Birthday!
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:53:30 PM EDT
Yes, post those pictures anyway!
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 2:18:03 PM EDT
Without pictures, it didn't happen.

Doc
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 2:20:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DocMike:
Without pictures, it didn't happen.

Doc

This^^^^^^^^^^

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 2:37:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SecondAmend:
According to the information provided in the FOIA request I made, my Armalite/Colt, Model 601 turns 50 years old Monday, 31 January 2011. It's already classified as a C&R weapon, but tomorrow it will be a C&R on both counts. It is has a "three digit" serial number as well as dual Armalite and Colt labels.

The 601 was shipped to the original purchaser on 06 February 1961 and spent most of it's time there. It then went between a couple of Dealers in rapid succession in the 2003-2004 time frame, and I picked it up in 2005. It's a basic 601 except that the furniture was replaced by one of the Dealers. I had it for sale last year so pics have floated around, and I won't bother to post any. It does not appear to have ever been shot very much by any owners, myself included.

No cake or candles planned.


Happy aniversary to your rifle! It was shipped to the original purchaser on my birthday, that would make one hell of a birthday present
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 3:04:32 PM EDT
It's great that your rifle is still with us after fifty years. Even better is that you've helped preserve a piece of history
Congratulations.

ps - pictures please
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 3:06:19 PM EDT
Ok I never saw any pictures so now you have to post'em
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 3:47:57 PM EDT
By popular demand, a couple links for all y'all:

http://i49.tinypic.com/mqc1k.jpg

http://i46.tinypic.com/13z0di8.jpg

http://i48.tinypic.com/52mdlv.jpg


When your baby turns 50, kinda makes you feel old - till you flip the selector to the third position and hold the trigger down for a few seconds.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 3:50:12 PM EDT
I guess I'll take one for the team.









Thanks for the pictures, SecondAmend!
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:15:12 PM EDT
Now I can say " HAPPY BIRTHDAY ol GIRL" Very very nice,,thanks for the pics!
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:53:55 PM EDT
Wow, she's as old as me and I WISH I was in that good of shape!!!

Thank you for sharing this bit of history. I've enjoyed it.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 1:03:45 AM EDT
Thanks everbody.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 10:32:05 AM EDT
That's impressive. Very nice.
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