Random Comment on Gun Broker Sales

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.

Brownells Charging $861.99 for LE6920 Upper No Hand Guards

I got an email this evening from Brownells heavily promoting Colt parts. Having drowned in the Colt kool-aid and being a collector I was excited to go take a look. But, I am now pretty disappointed.

I have always been a big supporter of Brownells but this makes it hard to have a positive opinion of them. $861.99 for a run of the mill LE6920 upper with no hand guards is pretty steep.

Obviously it is pricing in line with the times.

New Colt CR6920 Now On The Market

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.

Colt Lower Receiver With ‘Shaved’ Magazine Well

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.

Notice line below the rollmark and to the right of the rollmark providing a visual indicator of removal of magazine well material.

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.

Colt’s Crew Served Weapons

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.

Patrol Boat, River…more commonly known as PBR
Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Earnest McGowan sits in the gun tub of the twin .50-caliber gun mount on a new Mark II river patrol boat (PBR) on January 13, 1968.  Many of these newer PBRs saw action during the Tet Offensive.  On the Mark II, the “.50s” are electronically fired and sit low on the deck.  (Naval History and Heritage Command image)

These turrets were also seen on Patrol Air Cushion Vehicles (PACV) used in the war.

Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle

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.

The folder opened. Factory images on the inside of the front cover on the left. Document pocket on the right.

I am not familiar with turret/weapon configuration shown below being used in active service.

1966 ‘Colt Military Weapons’ Promotional Folder

Folder Cover

The folder has printing and images on all sides.

Promotional folder opened up showing inside of the front cover and document pocket.
Close-up of the inside of the front cover
Inside of the back cover showing technical data and the document pocket. The document pocket lists the four documents that are supposed to be inside.

There are four weapon system specification sheets that are 8-1/2 in. x 11 in. format and single-sided.

Back cover of folder