Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 558: Howa/Armalite AR-180 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Very Early Production Howa/Armalite AR-180 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,500

Very Early Production Howa/Armalite AR-180 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Manufacturer: Howa Machine Company
Model: AR-180
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 5.56x45 mm
Barrel: 18 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Stock: synthetic
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 387
Class: Modern Long Gun

One of the earliest examples manufactured by Howa in Japan for ArmaLite, this rifle features a three prong flash hider, post front sight on the gas block, plastic ventilated forearm, smooth plastic grip and folding stock. The stamped steel upper receiver is marked "ARMALITE AR-180 CAL. 5.56mm -S000250/FOR ARMALITE INC. COSTA MESA CALIF./mfg by HOWA JAPAN PATENTS PENDING". The misalignment of the "0" in "AR-180" and 180 degree safety are features which set apart the early Howa manufactured rifles apart from the rest of AR-180 production.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 90% original parkerized finish with scattered scratches and handling marks. Other than some absent stock hinge parts the furniture is very fine with light scuffs. Mechanically excellent. This is a rare opportunity to add an early Howa AR-180 to your collection!

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