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Old 10-11-2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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Default X-Mas gift for the father inlaw.

Found this used at a local shop for $499, just need to get the right forward assist and flash hider to get it right.

I know the barrel isn't quite right, it a Gov. Profile chromed lined in 5.56 not .223. I know the barrel is suppose to be slimmer.

I will be picking up 5 steel 20rd mags to go with it as well and a hard case.

On a side note. The rear sight has two setting just like the a2 or a3, but on this a1 they seem to be the same. What's up with that.





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Old 10-11-2011, 09:17 PM   #2
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What a great gift for your FIL! You done good Nathan!

I would go with the aluminum 20rd mags. Colt would really dress the A1 up. What brand is this, one of the Century models? Looks great whatever it is.

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Yep just found some 20rd original Colt mags for $18 a pop. The rifle looks to be from a parts kit with an Olympic lower.

The trigger that was in it was the worst trigger I have ever felt, worse than my SKS.

So I cleaned up, polished and used some dry lube to the factory trigger that came in my American Spirit Arms rifle and now its smooth as glass.

The BCG looks to have been a full auto that has been ground down and it had the full auto trigger group in it (not good).

I can't wait to get the tear drop forward assist and 3 prong A1 flash hider on it, IM also getting an original Colt bayonet to go with it.

I also need a video camera cause I can't wait to see his face when he opens this gift.

I don't know if u can see the mirror finish I put on the trigger and hammer


Here is why I say the BCG was ground down


I didn't want to put the ser.# the pic but its and odd one very very very low #, only 3 digits.



This was also the filthiest rifle I ever had the misfortune of cleaning. I ended up needing to use brake cleaner just to see the metal on the BCG, the lower I got frustrated with the lower and stripped it, took out side, put in a vice, and pressure washed LOL.It was really that bad.

Also that pin holds the firing pin place needed to be tapped out with a punch and hammer. it was also replaced. After these issues were corrected 90rds down range and yet another cleaning and its now flawless.

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Nice Job Nathan!

Yeah..... we'd like to see a Pic of his Facial Expression when he opens it too!

Just two more months.....

Cheers!

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Great project and thanks for the excellent pictures! Your FIL better add you to the will.

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Great project and thanks for the excellent pictures! Your FIL better add you to the will.
well maybe lol, but atleast this will be the last year he keeps asking to shoot mine
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are the 4x30 Colt scopes woth the $300 i keep seeing them go for. should i just go for a NcStar, BSA, Barska, or who ever else makes a clone of it.

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are the 4x30 Colt scopes woth the $300 i keep seeing them go for. should i just go for a NcStar, BSA, Barska, or who ever else makes a clone of it.
The bdc on the original colt scope really works. The real ones are made in japan. But unless your a collector there is no real reason to get one. One came with my colt sp1 when i bought it in the late 80s. They are nice but not 300+ nice just as a shooting scope
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ok thats good to know. i have now orderd 4 colt 20rd mags, one colt bayonet, and i just need to make up my mind on what to do about the scope. i kinda want to give him a complete package

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The Colt 20rd magazines and M7 bayonet are a nice touch on that rifle!

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