I am a couple of weeks past completing my move and things are slowly getting back to normal as we continue the process of unpacking. I’m in the process of getting some additional drywall work done and a new safe delivered so that I can bring my collection back home. In the meantime, I have been watching sales across the internet.
One thing that has been interesting is watching the climb in sales prices of Colt AR’s….any Colt AR. There are many unique Colt AR’s hitting the market as people look to cash in the currently elevated values. Here are a couple of recent auctions that caught my attention.
Colt LE6940P (Piston)- This uncommon new-in-box example sold for $2779.00. The prices on these continue to creep up.
This past week, I watched an auction for a very rare Colt Dissapator and was surprised that it didn’t get a bid. The starting price of $2,395.00 wasn’t too crazy considering its rarity.
Lastly, one of the unexpected high performers of the ‘Coltpocalypse/Covid’ period has been the Colt LE901. Ashamedly, I passed on a M.A.R.C. 901 at $1499.00 right before the Coltpocalypse early in the year because I had my eyes on another Colt rifle at the time. At the end of August, this example sold for $3500.00.
All models of Colt AR’s seem to still be appreciating. The recent introduction of the ‘new’ Colt CR6920 into the market seems to have momentarily tamed price increases but I anticipate we will see continued increases after the November election cycle.
I have been watching for this release for a while and they are finally appearing on Gun Broker.
Colt has re-branded the iconic 6920 series of carbines again. The new release is now designated the CR6920 and is replacing the LE6920.
Colt has consolidated all Commercial & LE Rifle rollmarks under one common model naming nomenclature,”Colt Carbine”. This change allows for consistency in manufacturing across current and future rifle builds. Features on this model are identical to the prior LE6920 platform, with the exception of the changed rollmark.
All other features appear to stay the same.
I don’t have any grief with the rollmark change after seeing what litigation did to Remington. I would rather see Colt change a rollmark and stay in business than get sued by some virtue signalers because a rifle has ‘military’ markings. It will be interesting to see of Colts series of ‘Military Classics’ (2018 SOCOM, CRM16A1, CRXM177E2) stay in production with the replicated government rollmarks.
I plan to get one on order this weekend if I can find one in stock at one of my preferred sellers.
I was sent a photo of an SP1 lower with a ‘shaved’ magazine well. The owner asked if I knew why the magazine well was like that. I had not seen one before and was curious to learn more. If you look below the rollmark and to the right of the rollmark, you can see the line showing how much material was ‘shaved’ off or removed.
I posted an inquiry in my Facebook group and had some private message conversations which were interesting. I learned that when a mistake was made in the rollmark process or when adding the serial number (double print of a serial # for example), the factory would remove as much material as needed and then repeat the rollmark process or redo the serial number.
Anyway, I thought I would share this here so thatbothers can learn from it.
If you are familiar with the Vietnam War, you probably know what PBR’s (Patrol Boat River) are. The PBR crews were some of the bravest personnel of the war in my opinion. Well, apparently Colt manufactured some of the bow twin .50 caliber machine gun turrets for the PBR’s.
These turrets were also seen on Patrol Air Cushion Vehicles (PACV) used in the war.
Intact sets of these documents are rare. I never thought I would actually have a chance to own this document set so I’m pretty excited about getting ahold of it.
I am not familiar with turret/weapon configuration shown below being used in active service.