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Posted: 9/5/2003 2:11:00 PM EDT
I have the opportunity to purchase a pre-ban Colt SP1 S/N: SP242XX. What are my advantages of owning this AR15. Are these usually just wanted more as a collectors piece? I have heard that these are easy to have legally converted to fully auto. If so what type of costs should I expect to have? Is the lack of a forward assist going to be a real problem? Thanks
Link Posted: 9/5/2003 2:13:43 PM EDT
reasons: - collectors item - pre-ban - looks about the full-auto: - You can get a RDIAS(registered drop-in auto sear) and install it to have full-auto - It will cost around $6,000-$7,000
Link Posted: 9/5/2003 2:22:23 PM EDT
I've got 3 AR's(RRA LEGP 16", Bushmaster 20" and a SP1. Of the three, my favorite is the SP1. The lightweight barrel makes this gun very easy to shoot and handle. I like this gun better than Colt A2 models because it weighs less. The forward assist is purely a cosmetic feature. If you have a jammed cartridge, jamming into the chamber further with the forward assist will not help at all, IMHO. As far as being a collector, I don't know. There are alot of SP1's floating around. Spambo
Link Posted: 9/5/2003 5:00:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2003 5:02:23 PM EDT by jimtash9]
I recently purchased an SP-1 Carbine myself because they are so different then the ARs being sold today. No raised fence on the lower, a screw instead of a pivot pin in front, A-1 carry handle and the fact that it is from 1975 is cool to me (I was only 4 years old then). Mine also came with a vintage Colt 3X20 scope so that kind of made my mind up there whether to purchase it or not.
Link Posted: 9/5/2003 7:17:19 PM EDT
I Love My SP-1 [img]http://www.hunt101.com/img/048438.JPG[/img]
Link Posted: 9/5/2003 7:55:47 PM EDT
Why? - Well for me personally it was the closest thing I could get to the M16 I carried for 3 yrs. Unfortunately I sold my SP1 many years ago [:(] I will get another one soon though [^]
Link Posted: 9/5/2003 8:04:17 PM EDT
Buy that puppy and post about what ammo you need.[:)]
Link Posted: 9/5/2003 8:12:58 PM EDT
They are the original model. Sorta like owning an original VW beetle.
Link Posted: 9/6/2003 7:41:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/6/2003 7:42:26 AM EDT by GoodGuy]
I have to admit.... for years I was a Colt AR15-A2 "snob". Why would anyone purchase the old model "retro" rifle when an "improved" model was available? Then I purchased an early SP1. Now I understand... Its light weight, ergonomics, accuracy, and "historical mystique" all contribute to making it one of my favorites. I like it as much as any of my A2's.
Link Posted: 9/6/2003 8:57:55 AM EDT
I bought mine in May 1969. It has put out over 15,000 rounds, with almost 0 malfunctions. I fired at at 25 degrees below zero and 111 degrees above 0 - no malfunctions. Great rifle - I still have it.
Link Posted: 9/6/2003 11:21:43 AM EDT
Buy it.
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