Pre-Ban Colt SP1 SP-1 .223 20” Semi-Auto A1 Rifle Carbine AR-15 M16

SOLD FOR: $2100

WOA#: WY230327MH007

Make: Colt

Model: Pre-ban SP1 AR-15

Serial Number: SP22400

Year of Manufacture: Pre-1989

Caliber: .223 / 5.56

Action Type: Semi-Automatic, Direct Impingement

Markings: Left side of the receiver is marked with the rampant Colt logo with “COLT AR-15 CAL .223 MODEL SP1 SER. SP22400”. Receiver behind the bolt catch marked “COLT’S PATENT FIREARMS HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. MFG.CO” with “SAFE” and “FIRE” marked near the safety selector. The bottom of the barrel is marked, “C MP B”. The side of the bolt is marked, “C” and the neck of the bolt head is not marked, “MPC”.

Barrel Length: 20”.  21” with birdcage flash hider

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is an adjustable post iron sight and the rear sight is A1 L-type flip aperture.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is an A1 style buttstock. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttstock. The handguard is a full length triangular A1 style polymer handguard.  The pistol grip is an A1 Style synthetic grip.  The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition for a pre-ban rifle. There is typical aging and light scratches on the polymer surface including some scuffs.  There are no chips or cracks.  The

Magazine Quantity & Condition:  One 20rd Colt Factory Straight Magazine Very Good Condition.

Type of Finish: Parkerized, Anodized

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition:  The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is little to no visible erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows some wear around the rear of the ejection port as well as some scratches on the receivers. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this SP1 rifle rates in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Total of one magazine

Our Assessment:  The Colt SP1 is an iconic rifle that was first introduced in the 1960s. It’s essentially the civilian version of the M16 used by the US military during the Vietnam War. The SP1 was the first commercial version of the M16 and was produced by Colt from 1963 to 1984.

One of the most notable features of the SP1 is its lack of a forward assist. This is because early versions of the M16 were designed with a self-cleaning mechanism that was supposed to prevent jams, so there was no need for a forward assist. However, this feature was later added to later versions of the rifle.

The SP1 is also known for its lightweight design, which made it a popular choice among hunters and sportsmen. It has a 20-inch barrel and fires the .223 Remington cartridge, which is a popular choice for varmint hunting and target shooting.

Overall, the SP1 is an important piece of firearms history and a popular collector’s item today. Its iconic design and historical significance make it a valuable addition to any collection.

Pre-Ban Colt SP1 SP-1 .223 20” Semi-Auto A1 Rifle Carbine AR-15 M16
Pre-Ban Colt SP1 SP-1 .223 20” Semi-Auto A1 Rifle Carbine AR-15 M16