Rare Full Auto Colt 601 For Sale On Gunbroker

A Gunbroker listing offering a super rare Colt 601 for sale surfaced recently. The machine gun appears to be completely original down to the Edgewater buffer and green painted furniture.

The buy now price is a bit tough for most to swing at $99,999 but the option for a 90-day layaway program is available if you use that option. If you happen to have the cash, the opening bid is $10k cheaper at $89,999 if you want to save a few bucks.

I have pulled some of the photos from the listing and dropped them below the description so that they will still be around after the listing has expired. I mean it isn't often that you see a Colt 601 for sale.

You can find the Colt 601 for sale on Gunbroker from seller abernaturlich if you are in the market for a pretty rare machine gun.

Here is the description from the Gunbroker listing:

Offering a fully transferrable Colt 601 AR-15 in excellent condition, serial number 111xx. This is a select fire machine gun. This is the first version of the AR-15 produced by Colt. This is ALL ORIGINAL FACTORY PARTS including a 1 in 14" twist barrel. There are no replacement parts on this rifle, this is exactly the way that it left Colt. This rifle was made around 1962.

The Model 601 was the first "AR15 Model" produced by Colt. Manufacturing started in December of 1959, with the first 300 rifles being produced, and continued until the summer of 1963. Changes made by Colt in the production process would include; painting the furniture green (after approx 100 were made), different roll markings, and changing the aluminum alloy from 7075 to 6061. Less then 14,500 were produced, with serial numbers in the 101-14,484 range. The bulk of the rifles went to the US Military with 8,500 going to the Air Force, 1,000 going to the Army for evaluation in project AGILE, and a handful going to the Navy SEALs. The rest went in very small numbers to police departments, and to foreign militaries such as Australia, Burma, India, Malaya, and Singapore. Many of the components found on the 601 were "Prototypes", and were unique to that only that model.

There are only a handful of transferrable Colt 601's with most of the production going to the US and foreign militarys. Of the few transferable 601's in the United States - this may be the only one that's all original and unmolested.

I would judge that it has been fired a few times as the internals and buffer show little to no wear. Another good place to look for wear is inside the mag well, and it's clear that there is little to no wear in that area too.

This is a factory built machine gun, not a conversion. Many M16's on the market are converted semi-autos that were 'drilled out' before the 1986 ban. This was a machine gun from day one, and this is how it left the factory in 1962.

The rifle is in overall excellent condition and has a excellent bore. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime oppurtunity! I am a class 3 dealer and this is in dealer inventory, meaning that it's ready to ship tax free to a class 3 dealer in your state. I will E-file the paperwork, and the transfer time to your dealer is only 3 or 4 days presently. This comes with one original Colt 601 20 round mag, original 601 sling, and will ship insured for the final auction value.

I can offer a 90 day layaway at the Buy Now! price, please message me if you are interested in that option.

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  1. Serial numbers 101-200 shouldn’t be green they should have the original non-painted Bakelite furniture so Iam not sure about this being 100% original but still an insanely cool piece of history if Iam wrong please correct me Iam always looking to learn

  2. I'm just viewing this awesome colt 601 right now Sept.5th 2022... I've just been looking and researching the m16 and ar15's since the year 2021 and I'm watching what I can online for the real mcCoy rifle... I'm wondering where this rifle ended up!

  3. This is what the modern M16 service rifle should be closer to, light and simple. I have seen many modern AR15s that I would describe as 15+ pound boat anchors. My most recent attempt at a "lightweight" carbine length AR15 in 6.5 Grendel tipped the scales at slightly under 7 pounds. That included optic but not magazine, ammo or sling. To save a little extra weight I spent a little extra for a fluted barrel. I did not spend money on expensive titanium parts but, if I had, I might have been able to get down to the weight of this original 601 which was my goal - about 6.5 pounds.

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