You've seen the gun in my other posts, originally a COLT 6420 AR15A2 Lightweight Carbine. 16" 1/7 bbl, slabside, no sear block, bayo lug, basic late 80's CAR.
I have the original 2-pos COLT fiberrite (sp?) telestock and the original A1 upper that came on the gun from Factory. It has forward assist but no case deflector. It is in very good to exc cond except for some small dings related to the damage on the lower.
I have an urge to set it back to "as issued" but am second guessing myself.
The original telestock is about an inch (?) shorter than the Bushmaster telestock that is on it now. I like that extra length but it is not essential.
Second the A1 upper has a weird rear sight. It has two peeps, roughly the same size and height (?!?). Forgive my COLT naivete, I am an admitted horsey rookie. It is also marked with a "C" and an "H" under the windage adjustment disk. I figure that I won't use the A2 adjustments anyway (triple guessing myself now) and that I could find a decent zero with the A1 setup to approximate it hitting point of aim.
Third is the fact that the case deflector has hits on it from todays range session. If I were to use it left side (Weak-hand stage IPSC style, or properly around any right-turn-corner) would I really get pelted or do they miss you? SP1'rs speak up!
I like the idea of having it original and the convienience of some of the enhancements it currently has.
Also the lower has been Bearcoated black as the previous owner marred the metal on the lower and only sent it instead of the whole gun. It does not match either the COLT grey of the A1 upper or the matte black or the "eagle" A2 upper (marked FK, unknown manf.)
I called COLT and they said they would refinish it for $220 in the original COLT Grey. More Bearcoating would be close to that, other finishes in the ballpark.
Maybe I will send both uppers and the whole gun to COLT for the refinish and decide after that.