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  1. #1
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    Default Armalite AR 180 Costa Mesa

    Hi,

    Do any members here have one? I have a chance to pick one up. Store wants $1650.00 OTD
    It's a Armalite AR 180 made in Costa Mesa CA, not a HOWE or Sterling. It's in fantastic shape, probably sat in someone's closet. Unfired condition. This one doesn't have any accessories or even a mag. Good deal or not? Mags are hard to find it seems.....

    Thanks
    Makarov_EG

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    seems high to me, esp w/o a mag,

    there are usually a bunch on gunbroker,

    I have a AR18, great shooting rifle,

    mags can easily be made from AR15/M16 mags too
    what's so funny about peace love and understanding?

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    Default Costa Mesa magazines

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    Early Costa Mesa AR-18 magazines have been very difficult to find in recent years

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    In today's market, that is a high price.

    Magazines you can find, or modify M 16 mags.

    And it is Howa, not Howe for the Japanese maker.
    03man - Don Voigt
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    Co-author of "The Knee Mortars of Japan 1921-1945" 2011 edition
    Near Charlotte, NC

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    I've seen a bunch of these sell with accessories & mag for around $1500. I would spend your dollars elsewhere unless you can get it for $1400 or less.
    Curator, the Privett Museum for Unloved & Wayward Guns. Est. 2006.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS View Post
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    Early Costa Mesa AR-18 magazines have been very difficult to find in recent years
    WOW!

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    Thanks Everyone!

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    The ones I had, I bought for alot less, albeit a while ago. I had all 3 at one time and never could see any difference. I had a friend take M-16 mags and mill the slot so they worked in a 180. I still have one or two. Personally, they were all very accurate but I never cared for the "coffee grinder" op handle that stuck out of the side of the reciever. The AR-15 has smoother lines. I really don't see the value in one of them, but then, I never did like them as much as the 15, BB

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    Quote Originally Posted by 03man View Post
    In today's market, that is a high price.

    Magazines you can find, or modify M 16 mags.

    And it is Howa, not Howe for the Japanese maker.
    Ha, you think his price is high, I saw one at a gun show the other day, didn't catch the manu, had the scope. The guy wanted $4,500.00. I almost soiled myself laughing at his price.

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