Armed with the compact, portable GAU-5 variant of the CAR-15, 56 U.S. Special Forces left for the Vietnamese Army-run prison, Son Tây, on November 21, 1970 with one mission: bring American prisoners of war home.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Son Tây Raid, Colt Firearms proudly honors “Operation Ivory Coast” by producing limited edition, exact recreations of the U.S. Air Force version CAR-15. Also known as Air Force designation GAU-5/A/A.
The GAU-5/A/A was known for having no forward assist, and for reasons unknown had a flat black anodized finish, instead of traditional Colt grey.
On November 21, 1970, 56 US Special Forces left for the North Vietnamese ran prison camp. Armed with the compact, portable GAU-5 variant, and one mission in mind: to bring American prisoners of war home.
While no prisoners were found at the prison, located 23 miles west of Hanoi, the mission was deemed a tactical success. No American lives were lost in the harrowing 27-minute mission, and a new sense of morale was gained. A clear message was sent to North Vietnam that America would go through any lengths to bring POWs home, and a message of hope was delivered to POWs that America would never forget them.
U.S. property marked
Original serial number range
Exact duplication of the flat black finish
Permanently attached flash hider
What’s in the Box
Colt AR-15 5.56mm Retro Carbine
(1) 20-Round Magazine
Model: Retro Carbine
Caliber: 5.56 NATO|223
Barrel Length: 16.1″
Finish: Matte Black
Stock: 4-Position Telescoping
Sight: A1 Fixed Front and Rear
Overall Length: 32″ to 35.5″
Weight: 6.5 lbs
Receiver: Matte Black
Muzzle: Bird Cage Flash Hider
Features: Bulit to Original Colt 629 Specs US Roll Marks;
11.5 Barrel with Pinned Flash Hider 1 OF 500