Just inherited an AR, help me identify it

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by MAX4utah, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. MAX4utah

    MAX4utah New Member

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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!
     

  2. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

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    Like this?
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    Its a Colt SP1, I don't know what year it was built, try proofhouse.com
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2011
  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    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.
     
  4. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    Hey another Utard :D Welcome!
    Pic's are always nice.
    I found this on another forum I'm on, From a guy in the know.

    Hope that helps, Again Welcome
     
  5. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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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

    And welcome to the forum, stop by the introductions section and introduce yourself when you get a chance,
     
  6. MAX4utah

    MAX4utah New Member

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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?
     
  7. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    :eek: 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.
     
  8. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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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!" :D
     
  9. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    One more vote for "Leave it alone". The SP1's are excellent rifles that shoot very well.
     
  10. Boyerracing343

    Boyerracing343 New Member Supporter

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    I agree on leaving it alone., It looks great the way it is.;)
     
  11. MAX4utah

    MAX4utah New Member

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    I would not want to devalue this gun at all. Aren't most of the parts just bolt-on? If the gun has to perminatly modified in any way, i wont do it. I plan on keeping all the original parts even if i do mod it. I just want to put a collapsable stock an an accessry rail handgard on it.
     
  12. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc New Member Supporter

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    Here's a place got lots of AR parts, decent prices. I got a few mods from them.

    Tactical Shooting Supplies
     
  13. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    You could just get a new complete upper for it if you want a shorter barrel. Get a set of "offset pins". Your Colt receiver uses a larger front pin than any of the other uppers you will find. No biggie to mate them up.