Why spent $1,700 on a complete Colt Sporter One carbine when you can get the spirit of the beast at a fraction of the cost? All lowers are the same anyway, it's the upper where the distinctions come in and the spirit of the rifle lives!! Do you want to build the LIGHTEST weight carbine you can? This is what you need!
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What we have here is a unique piece of history and modern ingenuity that is sadly no longer available! Back when the original M16 rifle was considered a light and handy caebine (and it was) there were those out there who demanded even more. Originally made to fit the nitch needs of the special ops for an even lighter / handier rifle, the CAR (carbine version of the M16) was developed. The result was a carbine that was handier and lighter than any other shoulder fired arm made up to that point (even lighter than the m1 carbine) that still packed the lethality and firepower of its big brother M16.
Colt brought the spirit of this same design (minus a few tweaks) to the civilian market as the Colt Sporter One carbine. This rifle, when fully assembeled, weighed just over 5 lbs! This is a GREAT piece of history and practicality for those retro and KISS guys who appreciate the importance of a rugged lightweight rifle. It was pulled off a complete Colt SP1 carbine, it does not have the charging handle or bolt carrier group.
It has the original Colt SLICK SIDE A1 upper. These are hard to find, and are prized for their low profile, unsurpassed low weight, and collector's value. The upper is, of course, large hole but it comes with a adapter so you can fit it to any standard lower.
It has the original COLT pencil barrel with chrome bore and chamber.
Just how lightweight is an A1 slickside pencil barrel upper? Well, as you'll see below. a stripped slickside sporter 1 upper weighs under 3 lbs. It is 5 ounces LIGHTER than a stripped Colt 6520 upper (pencil barrel w/ A2 uppper) that was colt's latest "super light" rifle.
The front sight itself is bent slightly as can be seen in the pictures. The actual Front sight base is aligned straight and is fine. Easy swap out if you like.
Just How Lightweight is Lightweight?
See the Difference for yourself. Vs. a 6250 Upper (also super light in its own right)
Colt 6520 Upper stripped (3 lbs. 3 ounces)
Colt Sporter 1 Slick Side Upper stripped (2 lbs. 14 ounces)
Own this piece of history for $700 NOW ONLY $560!!!!!!
and stick it on any generic lower. Get the sporter 1 carbine without spending the $1k extra for the rollmark!!