View Full Version : AR-15 cost back when

September 16, 2010, 11:30 PM
AR-15 prices are a lot better now, Colts a little higher but that's normal.
But I was wondering what some of you paid say back in '85, maybe '90 or
'95? Just curious what they ran new back then.

September 17, 2010, 07:39 AM
I bought a barely used Colt CAR (carbine) SP1 barely used in 1990 - traded an H&R .32 self-loader (old mouse gun) and about $200 for it - value paid was somewhere about $350 - 400.

I put an A2 upper w/ heavier government barrel on it. I might have taken it out and fired it once - really don't recall. My plan is to put it back in its original condition (stored the parts - still look like new) - sell off the A2 upper, the barrel and some other parts. Then I'll have to decide if I really want the Colt AR15 - It's in nice shape, just never shoot it. I think I'd rather have that DSA FAL paratrooper carbine.

September 17, 2010, 09:12 AM
Don't know about the 80s and 90s, but I paid $800 in 2002 when they were selling for about $900-1000 retail. I just got a really good deal - then - for a Bushmaster model during the AWB; no bayo mount or collapsable stock.

NOW better models are cheaper. Heck you can get a decked out model for $700!

Baba Louie
September 17, 2010, 09:24 AM
In '86 I bought my first Colt AR NIB for $500. Dealer even threw in a bayonet to boot!

September 17, 2010, 09:33 AM
I think I paid about $270 for my first AR SP1 in the '70s.

September 17, 2010, 10:31 AM
As a point of reference, I bought a HK91 for $160 in the '70's. They were cheaper than Rem 700's. The Aimpoint I put on it cost nearly as much. That took a whole lot of thinking and persuasion. There was almost nothing to compare to.

IIRC - don't hold me to it - AR's went for $280 - 360 over the last of the 70's to the '80s. Ungawdly high priced for the reputation and caliber in the day. The HK had more accessories, but the claw mounted rail was simply too expensive.

All you could do with the AR was range shoot it, most states outlawed 5.56 as a deer round. Things are different now.

collector rob
September 17, 2010, 10:37 AM
I got my first AR around '84 or '85. It was a used SP1. I gave a Win 94 and $100.00 cash for it at a local gunshop. The shop was asking $280.00

September 17, 2010, 10:47 AM
When I got out active duty (Army) in 1986 I priced them and they were around 700 with tax and everything locally if I remember correctly - out of my budget at the time. I ended up picking up a Norinco AK for 300 at a flea market.

I'd really like to have an A1 with the triangle handguards just like I carried back then. Might have to pick one up someday.

September 17, 2010, 10:59 AM
I remember drooling over ARs back in the late 80s early 90s, and that $900ish price tag was a monster chunk of change for shooter in college.

September 17, 2010, 07:41 PM
I think it was in '86 that I got my FAL (SAR-48HB) for $645. ARs in standard configuration were $500. My FAL got up to $2400 during the AWB and we all know what AR prices did as well.

September 17, 2010, 07:51 PM
My first AR was an Olympic Arms 16" with aluminum handguards in the early 1990s (pre-ban) for $700. I sold it at a gun show a few years later for $750.

September 17, 2010, 07:59 PM
I paid $225 for my SP1 in 1974. Still have it too.