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Posted: 12/5/2016 6:39:27 PM EDT
Need help deciding between these two machineguns at my LGS. I already paid for the 614 Model but he is giving me the option to pay $3k more if I want the one rollmarked "M16." Both are formed as AR15's. Going to be using one of these as a shooter as I am keeping my M16A2 NIB. Should I spend the extra $3k for it so say "M16" on the receiver and have a gun with a higher serial number, meaning it's newer?

-Colt 614 AR15 (ser. 400,XXX)
    -Form 4: 614 AR15    
    -Receiver: 'AR-15' on side and 'MOD. 614'
    -Price: $25,000

-Colt 613 AR15 "M16" (5,097,XXX)
    -Form 4: 613 AR15
    -Receiver: 'M16' on side of receiver
    -Price: $28,000

Colt 614 AR15


Colt 613 AR15 "M16"
Link Posted: 12/5/2016 6:46:09 PM EDT
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They're both effectively identical, factory machineguns. If you want an M16 rollmark enough to fork out $3k more, then do it - but the guns are pretty much the same.
Link Posted: 12/5/2016 7:09:36 PM EDT
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Exactly. The only reason I'm thinking about it is for if I ever sell it, the "M16" looks better to a potential buyer therefore yielding more money and larger buyer market. I think if someone is going to shell out for a Colt they are going to want an M16 model.
Link Posted: 12/5/2016 8:12:33 PM EDT
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The M16 marked lower looks refinished IMO.
Link Posted: 12/5/2016 11:19:56 PM EDT
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614 and buy some good ammo
Link Posted: 12/5/2016 11:28:21 PM EDT
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Yeah, the M16 lower has a strange glossy looking finish, could just be the picture though.

IMO if you want a shooter get the AR15 but if you're looking for an investment piece get the M16 and take good care of it, it will go up a great deal in the future.
Link Posted: 12/6/2016 12:49:02 AM EDT
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I have and love a 614, I personally like the AR-15 roll mark combined with an "AUTO" selection.  I wouldn't pay a penny more for M16, but would pay a bit more (not 3k..maybe 2k) for M16A1.  As an old timer advised me when it comes to MG buying  (a guy who owns literally millions in high-end guns) buy MGs based on condition, condition, condition.  So bottom line, always buy the gun that is in the best shape.
Link Posted: 12/6/2016 8:25:07 AM EDT
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I bought a 614 in 2013.  It has gone up in value, percentage wise, on par with other Colt M16s.
Link Posted: 12/6/2016 8:57:26 AM EDT
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a 614 should be found for under 25k
Link Posted: 12/6/2016 10:03:40 AM EDT
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Agreed, the price seems a little high on both. This is what I've seen lately.

M16 Market Data
Transferable M16 machine guns and estimated market values:
RLL $13-17k
RDIAS $30-35k
RR Non-Colt Cast AR15 Conversion $16-19k
RR Non-Colt AR15 Conversion $18-20k
RR Colt AR15 SP1 Conversion $18-20k
RR Colt AR15 614 $22-24k
RR Colt M16 $24-26k
RR Colt M16A1 $25-28k
RR Colt M16A2 $28-35k
RR Colt M16A2 Commando $33-38k (Marked "Auto" instead of "Burst")
Link Posted: 12/6/2016 12:37:31 PM EDT
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Thanks for the replies. I'm just going to stay with the AR15 614 model. It will be perfect for my needs of being a good shooter. Pricing is fair compared to what is available for sale in my state and it is at my local range so I can shoot it while I wait for it. I wasn't trying to buy one over the internet without checking it out first, etc.

My opinion is based on the exponential amount of people that are pouring into the NFA niche of the gun community, with suppressors being the gateway for that, I see the registered transferables steadily increasing in value as demand will increase and supply will dry up or hold out for higher. I have been watching the mg market for many months now and I don't think people realise Colt AR/M16 market has hit a higher support level.
Link Posted: 12/6/2016 8:27:19 PM EDT
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My opinion is based on the exponential amount of people that are pouring into the NFA niche of the gun community, ..., I see the registered transferables steadily increasing in value as demand will increase and supply will dry up or hold out for higher. I have been watching the mg market for many months now and I don't think people realise Colt AR/M16 market has hit a higher support level.
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With that in mind, you should buy both guns - one to shoot and the other as investment.
Link Posted: 12/7/2016 1:28:58 AM EDT
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A2s had dipped into the $25k range about a year ago.  It doesn't take much extra supply to dip prices.   Pretty much applies to everything.
Link Posted: 12/7/2016 11:00:34 AM EDT
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prices have been going up over all lately on M16's....or at least the asking prices are...on GB i dont really see any that have sold.

A2's are the bargain right now.......none are meeting reserve and offers are $25k, but i dont see any selling for that price as reserves are higher




Link Posted: 12/7/2016 11:52:19 AM EDT
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A2s had dipped into the $25k range about a year ago.  It doesn't take much extra supply to dip prices.   Pretty much applies to everything.
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A2s had dipped into the $25k range about a year ago.  It doesn't take much extra supply to dip prices.   Pretty much applies to everything.


Not sure where youre getting that number from.

I just did a quick search and found the following prices for M16A2s
$33,000
$35,000
$32,500
$30,995

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prices have been going up over all lately on M16's....or at least the asking prices are...on GB i dont really see any that have sold.

A2's are the bargain right now.......none are meeting reserve and offers are $25k, but i dont see any selling for that price as reserves are higher

The bid prices mean nothing if there is a reserve. Ive seen the same rifle get relisted dozens of times before either selling for their asking price or they just stop relisting it.

With that being said the prices do seem to be coming down a little on both the A2s. Unless youre a hardcore collector its hard to justify paying and extra 5-10k for what boils down too slightly different markings.
Link Posted: 12/7/2016 2:19:51 PM EDT
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Boy I am sure glad, I didn't spend that much on any of my M16's, the last one I bought I paid $9,600 for!

Link Posted: 12/7/2016 10:54:01 PM EDT
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With that in mind, you should buy both guns - one to shoot and the other as investment.
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With that in mind, you should buy both guns - one to shoot and the other as investment.


Picked up an NIB M16A2 a few weeks back. This 614 is going to be my shooter.



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Not sure where youre getting that number from.

I just did a quick search and found the following prices for M16A2s
$33,000
$35,000
$32,500
$30,995


The bid prices mean nothing if there is a reserve. Ive seen the same rifle get relisted dozens of times before either selling for their asking price or they just stop relisting it.

With that being said the prices do seem to be coming down a little on both the A2s. Unless youre a hardcore collector its hard to justify paying and extra 5-10k for what boils down too slightly different markings.


I paid $34k for a M16A2 a few weeks back from an in-state dealer. The dealer called a few days later because he accidentally resold me a gun that had already been sold so he upgraded me to a NIB M16A2 at no additional charge.

People are crazy if they believe M16's are going to get any cheaper than they are. It's is literally a limited commodity with the market only getting bigger on a yearly basis. ATF numbers for F4 NFA registration filed on an annual basis has been going up more than 20-30%+ the past few years, with suppressors being the majority, and you will see that spill into the machinegun market.
Link Posted: 12/11/2016 6:52:21 PM EDT
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Boy I am sure glad, I didn't spend that much on any of my M16's, the last one I bought I paid $9,600 for!

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You've got me beat. I paid $9750 for the last m16 I bought, well actually it was a 614.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 5:11:19 PM EDT
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You've got me beat. I paid $9750 for the last m16 I bought, well actually it was a 614.
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Boy I am sure glad, I didn't spend that much on any of my M16's, the last one I bought I paid $9,600 for!



You've got me beat. I paid $9750 for the last m16 I bought, well actually it was a 614.


Just out of curiosity what year did you buy?
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:26:41 PM EDT
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You've got me beat. I paid $9750 for the last m16 I bought, well actually it was a 614.
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I paid $2500 for my 614 in 1995  It was originally from the West Virginia State Police.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:55:44 PM EDT
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I paid $2500 for my 614 in 1995  It was originally from the West Virginia State Police.
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You've got me beat. I paid $9750 for the last m16 I bought, well actually it was a 614.


I paid $2500 for my 614 in 1995  It was originally from the West Virginia State Police.


You both got me beat. Paid $13,500 for my Atlanta PD 614 in 2012.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 11:20:57 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/13/2016 2:26:47 PM EDT
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The first two I purchased while I was still in the Army and paid a very low price for them and did not ask any questions on where they came from they are both A1 Vietnam era rifles, the last one I purchased was from a Sgt. that I served with who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and he shipped it to me, that is the one that I paid $9600 for.  He did not have any kids and his wife didn't want to dispose of it after he passed away, he is a nice guy and him and I are very good friends.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 8:39:32 PM EDT
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I paid $2k for my Colt M16A1 in 1994. The FOIA showed she was Form 2'd in 1978, so when I bought her, my '16 was actually sweet 16.
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Nice!  Mine was made in May 1968, so it'll be a C&R in about 1.5 years.
Link Posted: 12/14/2016 12:18:26 AM EDT
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Just out of curiosity what year did you buy?
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It was either 2004 or 2005, can't recall.
Link Posted: 12/14/2016 12:19:55 AM EDT
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I paid $2500 for my 614 in 1995  It was originally from the West Virginia State Police.
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I paid $2500 for my 614 in 1995  It was originally from the West Virginia State Police.



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I paid $2k for my Colt M16A1 in 1994. The FOIA showed she was Form 2'd in 1978, so when I bought her, my '16 was actually sweet 16.




Well, hey I paid $2k for a pre-94 blue label semiauto Colt 6551 in 1994 right after the Clinton ban. Look at how much those are worth now!
Link Posted: 12/14/2016 3:43:08 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:58:38 PM EDT
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I raised most of the money for the '16 by selling my two well-worn SP1 rifles (one of them a rare factory Coltguard) for $650 each, so I only needed to scrounge up another $700 for the MG (plus the $200 tax). And believe it or not, I really, really sweated about paying that much for a firearm!!!!<img src=http://www.ar15.com/images/smilies/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Yeah, if only I had known at the time. Was 18yo and believed the line of BS told to me at my local shooting range about how MG ownership would result in loss of fourth amendment rights, ability of ATF to come to your house at any hour of the night, yada, yada.  I believed that BS gunshop tale for another 3 years, then it took another 2 for me to actually start buying MGs.  
Link Posted: 12/17/2016 1:30:25 AM EDT
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Yeah, if only I had known at the time. Was 18yo and believed the line of BS told to me at my local shooting range about how MG ownership would result in loss of fourth amendment rights, ability of ATF to come to your house at any hour of the night, yada, yada.  I believed that BS gunshop tale for another 3 years, then it took another 2 for me to actually start buying MGs.  
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Atleast you finally saw through the lies. I still run into people spreading those lies.
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