PreBan Vintage Colt AR-15 SP1 SP-1 .223 20” Semi Auto Rifle MFD 1967 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,750

WOA#: WY240203TW003

Make: Colt

Model: AR-15 SP1

Serial Number: SP104526

Year of Manufacture: Pre-1994, 1967

Caliber: .223 / 5.56

Action Type:  Semi-Automatic, Direct Impingement

Markings:  Left side of receiver marked “COLT AR-15 CAL. .223 MODEL SP1 SER. SP104526” with the Rampant Colt logo.  Marked on left side receiver behind bolt catch “COLT’S FIREARMS DIVISION COLT INDUSTRIES HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A. MFG.CO.”.  Marked with “SAFE” and “FIRE”.   The side of the carrier is marked “C” and the neck of the bolt head is marked “MPC”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “C MP CHROME BORE”.  The reciever is marke, “C / M” with proof marks.

Barrel Length: 20”.Pencil Profile.  22” with 3 prong duckbill Flash Hider.

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is an A1 post iron sight and the rear has an iron peep sight. A1 sights.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The buttstock is a polymer A1 fixed stock with sling ring and checkered buttplate with trap door for storage compartment.  The pistol grip is an A1 grip. The handguard is an A1 rifle length triangular handguard.  The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate.  The stock rates in Very Good overall condition.  There are no chips or cracks.  There are some light scratches, scuffs, and loose storage wear along with a few small compressions on the handguard.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: One 30rd aluminum magazine in Very Good condition.

Type of Finish: Anodized, Dark Gray

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion  the bore rates at a 9/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows some light wear at the rear of the ejection port. There are some light scratches on the receivers. The screw heads are sharp, and the markings are mostly clear. The pins are unmarred.  Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good-Excellent condition for a Vintage SP1 Rifle.

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: 1 magazine, sling.

Our Assessment:  The Colt AR-15 SP1, especially this model made in 1967, holds a unique place in both firearms history and American culture. As one of the early commercial versions of the AR-15, the SP1 was a pioneer in bringing military-style semi-automatic rifles to the civilian market. It closely resembles the original design specifications of the Armalite AR-15, which would later evolve into the M16 used by U.S. forces. The timing of this particular model adds an extra layer of interest; its nearing eligibility for Curio & Relic (C&R) status will undoubtedly pique the interest of collectors and firearms enthusiasts keen on owning a piece of history.

In terms of features, this 1967 Colt AR-15 SP1 comes with a pencil barrel, a fixed carry handle, and no forward assist, staying true to the original design of the Armalite AR-15. The lack of a forward assist, in particular, is a nostalgic touch that differentiates it from most modern AR-15 variants. Its lightweight design and ergonomic features made it attractive for a range of uses, from sport shooting to varmint hunting.

In summary, this SP1 represents an intersection of historical significance and future collectibility. Its impending C&R eligibility will only add to its allure, making it an even more attractive acquisition for those interested in the lineage and evolution of the AR-15/M16 platform. Whether as an investment piece or as a functional firearm that carries the weight of history in every component, this particular Colt AR-15 SP1 stands as a captivating example of American firearms engineering and cultural impact.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid!  – R.E.

PreBan Vintage Colt AR-15 SP1 SP-1 .223 20” Semi Auto Rifle MFD 1967 C&R
PreBan Vintage Colt AR-15 SP1 SP-1 .223 20” Semi Auto Rifle MFD 1967 C&R