Month: March 2020

Colt Advertising One-Sheets

I added four various Colt advertising one-sheets to the site tonight. There is one from 1984, two from 1985 and one from 1988. Three out of four are double-sided with technical information included on the back side. Links follow each photo below.

1984 Colt M16A2 Carbine

1985 Colt M16A2

1985 Colt 9mm SMG

1988 Colt M203 Grenade Launcher

Colt CSASS901 Rifle

I stumbled across this auction on Gun Broker. Description and photos are from the auction. This rifle is one of twenty-five that were produced.

Auction description: This is a Colt CSASS901 rifle, 25 were initially built for the US Army competition which Colt did not compete in. Serial number range is MCC009328 to MCC009352. Of those 25 rifles 5 were sold internationally, 4 to employees, and one to Bob Foulkrod as part of his 6.5 Creedmor setup. The rifle is hard coat anodized in a FDE color. The rifle has a smooth sided extended upper receiver, 16″ match grade barrel, Lightened Bolt Carrier Group, SureFire muzzle brake, ambidextrous lower receiver, Giselle Trigger System, ambidextrous charging handle, Rail mounting kit, extended receiver extension tube, Vltor IMod Buttstock, Magpul Pistol Grip.

What an amazing piece it would be to have in a collection.

Colt President Gary French AR-15A2 Delta HBAR

On Gun Broker is a rifle that Colt President Gary French was presented during his time as president at Colt from 1981 to November of 1989. The photos that are on the page that covers this rifle has an image of the Colt archive letter that gives you a bit of background on this rifle. The ‘Buy It Now’ price is $14,995.00.

You can see 21 photos at this link:

Colt LE901FDE-16SE On Gun Broker

The Coltpocalypse of 2019 sent the price of Colt AR’s skyrocketing in an ill-informed public buying frenzy. Standard Colt LE901-16SE’s were at about $1400.00 just prior to the panic. Purchase prices went as high as about $4500.00. Some sanity has returned to the market and prices have come back down to somewhat normal levels with all models except three. Colt LE6951 (9mm), Colt LE6920SOCOM (2018 model) and Colt LE901’s. Some sellers are still trying to get $3500.00 to $4000.00 for an LE901 but those auctions seem to be just sitting long term.

There is an occasional interesting piece to be found. Currently on Gun Broker there is one of the more rare Colt LE901FDE-16SE rifles. The seller is asking $3000.00 but I think this may be a bit high for rifle that isn’t New In Box. The seller does not have a box but he does have the box end label. However, this would still be a tempting buy in the current market. I see these FDE 901’s on Gun Broker about twice a year.

Colt Advance Piston Carbine Manual Variations

I am working through a large backlog of Colt manuals and advertisements that I have bought for my collection. In the process of this, I have noticed two variations of Colt Advance Piston Carbine manuals.

The top version is a ‘sky blue’ color and is 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″. The bottom version is gray in color and is just slightly smaller at 5-3/8″ x 5-1/4″.

Both manuals are dated December 2011. Both have the Part No. of 96351 with no Revision noted. Notice that the top manual is 68 pages…the bottom manual is 67 pages.

The spines of manuals are slightly different. The blue manual has a squared off spine, more like a book, whereas the gray manual has more rounded binding. Both are stapled.