Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 552: First Year Production Colt SP1 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Very Fine First Year Production Three Digit Serial Number Curio and Relic Pre-Ban Colt SP1 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Very Fine First Year Production Three Digit Serial Number Curio and Relic Pre-Ban Colt SP1 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: SP-1
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 223 Remington
Barrel: 20
Finish: black
Grip:
Stock: synthetic
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 386
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 1964 the first year of production as a civilian equivalent to the M16 being fielded in the jungles of Vietnam. The SP-1 was designed by Colt after seeing the desire of shooters and hunters alike for a semi-automatic rifle chambered in the popular .223 Remington cartridge. The rifle's light weight made it a popular choice for hunters across the nation. The rifle has all of the features of the early SP1 rifles including a three prong flash hider on the pencil profile barrel, ventilated triangular forearm, A1 length buttstock, and "slab sided" receiver set with integral carry handle. The bolt carrier is properly smooth sided, with a flat end to the retention pin, and a chrome plated bolt marked "P". A two-piece buffer is also present. The left side of the lower receiver is marked with the standard Colt markings as well as the three digit serial number. The foundation laid by the SP-1 is found for the AR-15 platform of rifle which has become the most popular rifle in the United States, while also having a lineage that stretches from the jungles of the Vietnam War to the deserts of the Global War on Terror.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 97% original black finish with bright mill marks inside the trigger guard, otherwise typical light handling and ejection marks, Mechanically excellent. This rare original condition, early, three digit serial number is the perfect addition to any Colt Collection.



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