Being underwhelmed at SHOT Show
So Colt came out with a reissue of their classic SP-1 style AR-15 (which they call a M16A1 reissue even though it is not select-fire) as part of their new line for 2017, shown off at SHOT. That’s cool, as it’s a vintage design and it seems like everyone is doing “old-school” A1 builds these days.
The semi-auto 5.56mm has the finger grooved triangular handguards, a 20-inch 1/12RH twist barrel, and factory 20-round mags.
However, the price is way off mark, MSRP’d at $2499.
Come on, Colt!
This factor was not lost on some in the collectible rifle market, who note real SP-1s are actually trending cheaper. The below from Rock Island Auctions:
“With Colt’s release of a $2500 commemorative M16A1, let us mention that there are several early, original Colt ARs and SP1s in our February Auction with much lower price estimates.”