Pre-Ban Colt Sporter Target Model .223/5.56 AR-15 R6551 20” Semi-Auto Rifle

SOLD FOR: $1,425.01

WOA#: WY240309RM004

Make: Colt

Model: Pre-Ban Sporter Target Model

Serial Number: ST 010974

Year of Manufacture: Pre-1994, Circa 1991

Caliber: .223 / 5.56

Action Type: Semi-Automatic, Direct Impingement, rifle fed by detachable magazines.

Markings:  The barrel is marked “C MP 5.56 NATO 1/7”. The front sight is marked “UP” with a left-pointing arrow above it. The rear sight is marked “UP” with a left-pointing arrow and “DN” with a right-pointing arrow as well as “CM” on the opposite side.  The left side of the lower is marked with the Colt Rampant and logo, “SPORTER / TARGET MODEL / CAL .223 / SER.ST 010974” and also “COLT’S MFG. CO. INC. / HARTFORD CONN. / -U.S.A.-” “SAFE” and “FIRE”.  The right side of the BCG has forward assist notches and the left side has a “C” stamp.  The neck of the Bolt Head is marked “MPC”.   The auto sear block is marked “COLT”.

Barrel Length: 20”. 21” with A2 Flash Hider

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is an A2 Post Sight with elevation adjustment.  The rear sight is an adjustable A2 Dual Aperture in the carry handle.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The rifle is equipped with a standard A2 fixed stock, pistol grip and ribbed front handguard. There is some wear on the surface of the buttstock with a few scuff marks along the handguard. The pistol grip has some scuffs on the base and the checkering is mostly sharp. The butt plate is very clean and has sharp checkering. The LOP measures 13.75” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock, handguard and grip rate in about Very Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: Anodized Black

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. The feed ramps are smooth and shiny. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 8/10

Overall Condition:  This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The receiver set is very clean with only light wear. The exterior of the barrel, gas block/Front sight and triangle mounting plate have surface rust scattered throughout their finishes in all the nooks and recesses. The screw heads are sharp and pins are unmarred. Overall, this Pre Ban 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: None.

Our Assessment:  This Colt Sporter Target Model is an intriguing piece of firearms history, especially when considering its pre-ban status. Produced before the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, this semi-automatic rifle is essentially a civilian version of the military M16A2, chambered in the popular .223 Remington or 5.56x45mm NATO. With a 20” barrel designed to maximize the .223/5.56 cartridge.  Crafted by Colt, a name synonymous with American firearms history, the Sporter Target Model includes features that would later be restricted by the 1994 ban, such as a flash hider.  Mechanically, the Sporter Target Model reflects the reliable and robust design of its military cousin. Utilizing the direct gas impingement system, the rifle offers a smooth recoil impulse and excellent reliability when well-maintained. Its barrel length and rifling are optimized for accuracy, and the rifle comes standard with adjustable sights, providing a versatile platform for both casual shooting and more precise applications. Like its military counterpart, the rifle is built with high-quality materials designed to withstand rigorous use, embodying Colt’s reputation for durability. Today this pre-ban Colt Sporter Target Model holds a unique position as both a practical firearm and a collectible piece of American gun history. Its features and design mirror a specific period in U.S. legislation and firearms manufacturing, making it a compelling choice for collectors, historians, and shooting enthusiasts alike. Whether you appreciate the pre-ban model for its additional features, its historical context, or its solid performance, it offers a multifaceted appeal that transcends simple categorization. It’s not just a rifle; it’s a snapshot of American firearms culture before legislative changes altered the landscape.  Please see our photos and best of luck with your bidding!!!-R.L.

Pre-Ban Colt Sporter Target Model .223/5.56 AR-15 R6551 20” Semi-Auto Rifle
Pre-Ban Colt Sporter Target Model .223/5.56 AR-15 R6551 20” Semi-Auto Rifle