Everything I've read (that's been accurately reported) about the timing and context of Colt's decision makes sense based on the current commercial market and military/LEO contract demands on their manufacturing capacity. That said, in the current and future setting, resuming production will not be a simple market/mfg capacity calculation, it will be heavily influenced by PR considerations.
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I guess Colt ceasing commercial rifle sales made national news. Everybody knows now.
The military classics are still in production. So it could be they are contracted out. Not for sure.
Colt laid some people off in 2017 because of a slow down in sales due to people not panic buying. I don't know if Colt recalled these workers or not.
The articles I read said Colt has a couple months supply so they stopped making civilian ARs to catch up on their military and LE contracts. But since someone leaked the info about Colt temporarily stopping production, people are spreading rumors Colt is completely out of the civilian market, which is driving prices up and causing a buying panic. Colt gives priority to military contracts since that is its main customer, law enforcement is next, followed by civilians. Colt said they have high volume contracts for military and law enforcement. If Colt's sales are normally lower, it does not make sense to expand its capacity. So it seems Colt is using its civilian capacity to temporarily make military and LE rifles. Colt has the ability to make 1000 rifles a day. FN is the other manufacturer that can make 1000 rifles a day.
Colt's CEO said the market for modern sporting rifles has experienced significant excess manufacturing capacity. This could be true as there are many companies that make ARs.
I think Colt should of have gotten out of the northeast along time ago. This would have allowed Colt to either lower their cost or at least have a higher profit margin to be more financially stable.
All of this information is according to Colt. I guess we will find out how true all of it is.
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Not a surprise rumors have gotten out of hand. Hell, I’ve talked to several people that think colts discontinuing commercial sale of rifles due to the gun violence issues and how ‘colts taking a stand against the NRA’ and all that BS. Some of them biased gun owners that just need any reason to hate colt.
People will believe anything.
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Chris Bartocci's take. Damn good history lesson.
Personally, I'll never buy another.
Still love mine, got it as a total AR noob. Figured "It's a friggin' Colt."
And it acts like one.
Since then have moved on to Aero Precision, FN, PSA, and others.
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Colt can produce about a thousand rifles a day. Not bad, but it makes sense to focus on military contracts if civilian sales are soft.
As to price and quality, civilians are getting essentially the same milspec rifle as the military.
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