POTD: The Colt SP-1 (1967)

Eric B
by Eric B

Still life photography is a genre with a large gray area between fine art and documentary photography. In today’s Photo Of The Day, we’re taking a look at a piece of history with this Colt SP-1 from 1967.

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The classic @coltfirearms SP-1. This one was manufactured in 1967 and is an early derivative of the modern AR-15 and was also first issued by the US during the Vietnam War. Thanks to @bernieconatser762 for letting me shoot some his collection!

This SP-1 seems to be in excellent condition.

Photo and caption credits: Francis Torres @cinematicarms on Instagram. Used with kind permission.
The quality of the photos as well as the firearms themselves are really worth a follow.
What do you think of the photos and the Colt SP-1? Looks great, doesn’t it? Did you ever try one, or a similar rifle?
Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • GhostOfUWOTM8 GhostOfUWOTM8 on Aug 13, 2021

    At the NMUSAF in Dayton OH they have an original Colt 601 in the Vietnam exhibit. I couldn't believe it and had to gawk.

  • BeoBear BeoBear on Aug 14, 2021

    When I went through basic they were still using M16A1 so several years later I bought a pristine SP1 because I liked the look and feel of them.

    When you compare one to a modern AR it's quite amazing how different the two are considering they are the same species. The SP1 is extremely light and fast compared to a modern 20" AR15 or even compared to a 16" carbine. The triangular handguards were very comfortable. Mine was very accurate which, combined with the light weight, made it crazy fun to shoot. If you're used to modern AR's or used an M16A2 or later in the military and get a chance, definitely handle an SP-1 and you'll see what I mean.

    Sure you gain a whole lot of accessory mounting ability with the new style and they are definitely better suited to modern combat but for the sheer enjoyment of shooting the SP-1 and it's kind are a blast.

    Sadly mine was stolen a couple years after buying it. Still makes me want to puke to this day.