ORIGINAL COSTA MESA FULLY TRANSFERABLE ARMALITE AR-18 MG

 

Spring 2024 Premier Firearms & Militaria Auction

June 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2024
This auction will feature an outstanding collection of items spanning multiple categories including Modern, Military, Sporting, & Antique firearms & militaria! Below is just a small grouping of select highlights from the massive offering to be featured in this upcoming sale!

 

ORIGINAL COSTA MESA FULLY TRANSFERABLE ARMALITE AR-18 MG

03-1693
Cal. 5.56mm
S# A5380

Bbl. length 18″. The original ArmaLite AR-18 was designed in 1963 in CA. as a potential alternative for the U.S. military. When it started to look as though it would not be adopted as a standard service rifle, production was licensed to Howa Machinery Co. in Japan where they began production in 1967. Because military sales to U.S. were effected by American-Japanese treaty agreements that forbid Japan in selling to arms to “belligerent nations”, it was determined rifles could not be sold to the U.S. due to our involvement in Vietnam. In 1974 ArmaLite & Sterling Ltd. in England signed a production agreement to manufacture both the AR-18 (Select-Fire version) & the AR-180 (the semi automatic commercial version) & started manufacturing rifles in 1975. This particular example was manufactured by ArmaLite Inc. of Costa Mesa, CA. as a transferable full automatic. Serial number located on lower receiver. It is a gas operated piston driven select fire rifle w/ a left side folding stock. Front sight is an elevation adjustable protected post. Rear sight is a windage adjustable dual aperture peep sight marked 200 & 400. The rifle is charged by a reciprocating handle on the right side of the rifle. Ambidextrous safety selector controls, black plastic furniture. Proper muzzle brake & the bayonet lug. Sling swivels front & rear. MAGS: 1 aluminum 20 rd. w/ ArmaLite floorplate. CONDITION: typical thin finish on exposed metal surfaces w/ additional thinning in areas of moving parts. A few light finish scratches on receiver. Stock locks tightly in open & closed positions. Bore is bright w/ strong rifling. Fire control mechanism appears to function correctly when cycled by hand. NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT MG REQUIRING BATF TRANSFER BEFORE TAKING POSSESSION. FULLY TRANSFERABLE.PROVENANCE: Lifelong Collection of Terrance McCarty.

STATUS: MODERN CLASS III

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