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Best new AR-15 for a collection?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Wenis, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. Wenis

    Wenis Tri-Cities, WA Member

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    I want to buy a new AR-15 for my own collection. Which ones hold their value?
    Colt LE6920? Wilson Combat UT-15? Noveske? Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I have never seen a Colt M4 or 6920 loose it's value. I have one myself, but I cannot speak to how nice it actually is since I have not been able to fire it. I know it sure is fun to hold and I am betting it will be as fun to shoot.

    I personally am not much interested in EBR's but I thought I better get a couple while I still could.
     
  3. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    note you said "AR15s" so you might want a real one since the only real ar15s are early colts that say "ar15" everything else is a clone

    early 3 digit or less (60s) colt sp1s all original

    colt m4 marked rifles as they are the only true M4s all others are clones

    colt gov carbines trasistional ones these had the a2 enhancements but small pin fcg holes

    colt carbine marked colts
     
  4. Wenis

    Wenis Tri-Cities, WA Member

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    learn something everyday, thanks
     
  5. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    I would go Colt for a collector rifle. Personally I would go an early SP1 also, there are a lot of buzz names out there that go for lots of money because people will pay lots of money for the name, will the the price stand the test of time? A Noveske AR10 lower goes for $600 to $700, guess what, it rolled off the same production line at Armalite as my $165 Armalite AR10 lower, an extra $500 for an Aryan Brotherhood roll mark.:D
     
  6. USMC1911

    USMC1911 Salem Active Member

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    True it is just a rollmark on the lower, but pitting an armalite, rra, oly, bushy up to a top shelf rifle is just unfair. 6920 or any of the preban colts will gain in value faster IMO.
     
  7. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    if it don't have a pony its a phony

    also there are some odd ball colts out there that add collectability like the colt gaurd nickel plated rifles
     
  8. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    eldbillbo,

    You know way to much about EBR's...I am calling Homeland Security just to be safe. What is you name and address again? :D ;)
     
  9. Dutchy556

    Dutchy556 Bend, OR Member

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    Wow there's a lot of Colt kool-aid getting served up over here...

    Not that there's anything wrong with that, Colts are great, and may well hold resale value better than some ARs. However who knows what the future market will be like for such things.

    Just to throw it out there, there are several "tier 1" complete rifles and uppers out there that will serve just as well as a Colt. (IMO)

    Novekse
    LMT
    Sabre Defense
    Bravo Company USA (uppers only for now)
    LaRue


    As I said there's nothing wrong with Colt, they certainly have all features you typically want in an AR.

    There are other offerings out there though, some with slightly different features out of the box (barrel length & material, gas systems, iron sights, handguards, stocks - do you want to leave it stock M4 style, or trick it out... or..?).

    Do your homework and figure out what it is you're looking for in an AR... I would seek out features I'm interested in over resale value.



    Links with info to help you make an educated purchase:

    "So you want to buy an AR-15, Huh? - Officer.com
    Another AR buyer's guide

    Even more to wade through


    ETA: Bear in mind, ARs and parts are in very high demand at the moment and I would jump on any decent deal I could find - though there have been greater numbers of EBRs staying on shelves a bit longer these days so you may well have some choice.
     
  10. jkraig

    jkraig West Linn, Oregon New Member

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    Colt, Bushmaster, Armalite - I have never seen any of these lose money, they only increase in value. I see the Colts bring the most money, but they also cost the most. LOL
     
  11. Contento

    Contento Seattle Member

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    Besides the Colts that have been mentioned, an S&W M&P "PC" might be a good choice.


    PC stands for "Performance Center". These are all hand built by master level gunsmiths from the unfinished forgings on up, each piece hand fit toward ultimate buildup and final assembly testing.



    Rare and expensive.
     
  12. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Yaaaaaaaaah not so much. They are made by Stag Arms and Smith & Wesson only put their name on them
     
  13. Dutchy556

    Dutchy556 Bend, OR Member

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    S&W makes the M&P 15 in-house now... original run(s) were built from CMT/Stag sourced parts.

    Haven't seen the performance center M&P 15s... I'll have to check those out.

    ETA: Yeah, for the price those aren't really my cup of tea though I'm sure the fit is quite nice.
     
  14. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Colt 6920 is the best option if you want an AR to keep and collect.

    I build ARs everyday, and the 6920 is what I have as my "Safe Queen"

    I have dozens of shooters, but I only use my M16 if I go shooting.

    The 6550 would be better, but good luck finding one for a reasonable price.

    Colt maked several collectible ARs, the SP1 is good and pretty easy to find.
     
  15. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    check this one out you dont see any other brands selling for this
    (edit to note except the hk416s )

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=123355227



    also note during the ban preban colt tactical carbines were selling for $4500 cause only 134 preban models were made at least a couple of them were here in oregon i saw them posted and i saw them sold for that price