Did the SP1 always have a trapdoor stock ?
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    Did the SP1 always have a trapdoor stock ?

    Did the SP1 always have a trapdoor stock for a cleaning kit or did the early ones just have a rubber recoil pad ?
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    The first versions of the SP1 had the rubber recoil pad and no provision for a cleaning kit.

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    Any idea when the change occurred ?
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    Roughly 1969-1970.
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    In the 3rd AD in Germany, we were issued stocks with traps to replace the ones without in the fall of 1972. I don't know when commercial ARs made the change. All the M16s I saw in Viet Nam in 1969 and 1970 were still the early trapless stocks as were all the ones we had in the training center at Fort Campbell 1971.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redcat94 View Post
    Any idea when the change occurred ?
    I have an SP1 produced in 1971 and it has the solid rubber recoil pad (no 'glovebox')

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    The trapdoor buttstock and birdcage FH on the "later version" model R6000 SP1 should roughly coincide.
    The 1969-70-71 mentioned timeframes sound reasonable.
    Some with mixed features would not surprise me.
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    I wouldn't be surprised that when the military began specifying the trap-door stock Colt simply continued to use up the solid butt pad on civilian AR-15 production until inventory ran out then converted to the same the military was using. It makes sense to do so and we know Colt never really threw anything away when it was still usable otherwise.
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    I have a SP1 from 1971 and it has the rubber butt pad and the three prong flash hider. I bought it from the original owner and he didn't change anything on it.

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    There would have been a transition period with new components going to the military first. There was a war going on. Somebody already said it. Colt never wasted anything.
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