Colt SP1

The SP1 series of rifles for the U.S civilian market were sold from 1963 up until 1982, with several variations throughout the years. This particular example is an early model R6000 / SP1 but the fixed stock was replaced with a collapsible one. It also has an unknown muzzle device attached; most SP1’s come with a birdcage-style flash hider or an early 3-prong flash hider.

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Armi Jager AP-74

An Italian made rifle, this particular example is either a one-off modified custom build or a model that was never sold to the U.S market. Normally the AP-74 resembles a Vietnam-era M16. They were usually chambered in .22 LR, but a .32 ACP version was also available. (GRH)

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#1

A while back someone asked me if I could do a list of my top favorite guns, but this isn’t one of them. In fact someone also asked which were my top choices for ugliest guns.

Well that choice is easy; the Armscor M-1600. A .22 LR rifle that is supposed to look like an M16 but instead is quite possibly one of the ugliest guns to ever be sold on the market. I believe the only part that is compatible from a real M16/M4 variant is the pistol grip, maybe the front sight but more than likely not. I’ll do a complete “Top 5” list sometime later. (GRH)

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SVT-40

Although considered a military failure since it never managed its achieve its goal of replacing the Mosin Nagant 91/30, the SVT-40 did become a popular surplus firearm for collectors. They are surprisingly well balanced and much lighter than it’s comparable counterparts, the M1 Garand and G43. (GRH)

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Bears

Although Colt is known for their snake revolver series, there were two bear-named revolvers. The Colt Kodiak uses the Anaconda frame with a ported barrel and was chambered in .44 Magnum. The Colt Grizzly uses the Colt King Cobra frame but with a Python barrel and was chambered in .357 Magnum. Due to their limited production run both are very difficult to find and often command premium prices. Some examples have sold for $5,000+ based on condition. (GRH)

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Alchemy Arms Spectre

A .45 ACP pistol that some call the unholy marriage of a Glock and 1911. In spite its lineage, it shares no parts compatibility with the 1911, it supposedly could use certain Glock slides, barrels and recoil springs. The 4th photo shows one of the Spectre’s safety mechanisms; a locking device that uses a key to render it inoperable. Exact number produced is unknown, although the serial number for this one shows 534, but it doesn’t means 500+ were made. As for price, because its so obscure it has some value but it would vary widely. The one in the photo sold in 2007 for $375. There’s one on auction with a starting bid of $2,000.(GRH)

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Snakes

The entire family of Colt’s fabled “snake” series revolvers. They are extremely difficult to collect since most have several variations with different barrel lengths, finishes and calibers. Some models can easily push $4,000+ in asking price. The snakes are so popular that even European and Middle Eastern kings and princes have received special custom made Colt snake revolvers. (GRH)

  • Colt Cobra (.32 Colt New Police / .38 Special / .22 LR)
  • Colt Diamondback (.22 LR / .22 WMR / .38 Special)
  • Colt Viper (.38 Special)
  • Colt King Cobra (.38 SpecialĀ  / .357 Magnum)
  • Colt Python (.38 Special / .357 Magnum)
  • Colt Boa (.38 Special / .357 Magnum)
  • Colt Anaconda (.44 Special / .44 Magnum / .45 Long Colt)
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Alchemy Arms Spectre

If a Glock and 1911 were to get into a fight then have make-up sex, the love child born from that tryst would be the Alchemy Arms Spectre. The pistol, which was chambered in .45 ACP or .40 S&W is based on the Glock and 1911, incorporating several aesthetic and functional aspects into its design. It was touted as the “safest pistol in the world”, with 5 safety mechanisms in place.The Spectre never caught on and disappeared into obscurity, overshadowed by it’s “parents”. (GRH)

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Colt Boa

Colt’s legendary snake-named revolvers have been sought after collector’s items for decades. Although most people are familiar with the Python, King Cobra, and Anaconda, the Colt Boa is a very rare variant of the Python, using a different frame. Supposedly only 600 were ever made. This rather impressive example actually has a going bid of $9,000 but it has yet to hit the reserve price. (GRH)

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ESTSOF

Members of the Estonian Special Operations Forces during a public ceremony. The last photo shows one of the more modern configurations of the HK G36. Note the IdZ stock which can fold to the side, adjust its length of pull and height of its cheek rest. (GRH)

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SKS Bullpups

A trio of SKS’s converted into bullpups, but rather than going the polymer stock/chassis route, these use wooden stocks. The first two might be custom built by the owners, the last one however is made by Utah Custom Gun Stocks. (GRH)

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ETS Group AR-15 Magazine

The Elite Tactical Systems Group magazine for the AR-15 platform is a rather new entry to the polymer mag market. It is almost entirely transparent, a characteristic mostly associated with the Lancer AW5 magazines. There are two models of the ETS Group mag; one with the integrated magazine couplers and one without, basically a smooth-sided magazine. Whether or not they’re as durable or reliable as the Pmag and AW5 remains to me seen. (GRH)

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Custom SKS

A Norinco SKS Paratrooper with a plethora of Tapco parts installed. The relative low cost of an SKS makes them popular for modification, which can be viewed as a good or bad thing depending on your take of the practice. This particular example has a rather uncommon accessory; a MagWedge KwikRail. The company MagWedge is located in Canada and they can legally sell the rail to the U.S since it’s an accessory. (GRH)

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