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Old 03-01-2011, 01:55 AM   #1
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I just inherited an AR-15 from my grandfather. I dont know much about the gun. Here is what i have:

Model: SP1
Serial#: SP128064
It has a rifle stock, triangle handgaurd and the carry handle upper.

I would like to know what year it is?
Is it pre or post ban?
How do i tell if it is a carbine or rifle?

Thanks for any help!

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Its a Colt SP1, I don't know what year it was built, try proofhouse.com

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I just inherited an AR-15 from my grandfather. I dont know much about the gun. Here is what i have:

Model: SP1
Serial#: SP128064
It has a rifle stock, triangle handgaurd and the carry handle upper.

I would like to know what year it is?
Is it pre or post ban?
How do i tell if it is a carbine or rifle?

Thanks for any help!
a pic would help.

however most SP1 run from 1000-1500 depending on condition. with original box papers and all accessories they can run up to 2500$ for the ones shipped with the real made in japan colt scope.

if its pretty beat on then its not worth nearly as much condition is everything for collector guns.

if it has long triangle handguards like the pic above its a rifle. the carbines have round short handguards and are fairly rare as colt was phasing out sp1s in favour of the sporter series. there were few sp1 carbines and they run a collector premium.

all sp1 are pre-ban which is an irrelevent designation today as that unamerican ban is gone.
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Hey another Utard Welcome!
Pic's are always nice.
I found this on another forum I'm on, From a guy in the know.

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I have a very low 6 digit SP1 that I purchased new in 1984.
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Doing a quick google search of the serial number it appears to be a pre-ban sporter model from 1980 according to the civilian model guide at Retro Black Rifle www.retroblackrifle.com

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Thanks for all the fast replys fellas! My gun looks just like the picture posted. So it is a rifle length. It is in very nice shape. I have no plans to sell the gun. I would like to start adding some things to it. First i would like a collapsable stock and an accessory rail handguard. Will most AR accessories fit this model?

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Thanks for all the fast replys fellas! My gun looks just like the picture posted. So it is a rifle length. It is in very nice shape. I have no plans to sell the gun. I would like to start adding some things to it. First i would like a collapsable stock and an accessory rail handguard. Will most AR accessories fit this model?
Why? You have an original Colt A1 style AR...if it's in decent shape it's worth more than it will ever be if you start tearing it apart and hanging "new" parts on it...kills the retro look. Just my .02 but if you want a shooter with a newer look to it start fresh and build one to suit your needs.
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I agree with Jpyle!! To tear the one you have apart and "Modernize" it would ruin the collector value.

Builds have been done recently by members here for less than $750! Just something to think about!

Kinda like saying, "I just inherited a classic 1968 Shelby GT 350 Mustang in great condition. I can't wait to put flared fenders, spinners and a hydraulic lift kit on it!"

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One more vote for "Leave it alone". The SP1's are excellent rifles that shoot very well.

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