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Offline SI VIS PACEM PARRABELLUM

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Colt to suspend civilian AR production
« on: September 19, 2019, 05:59:23 PM »
Yeah I know it's a company decision. Just hope others don't follow suit or the future of the AR market will be a gougers paradise.
    http://foxnews.com/us/colt-suspending-production-of-ar-15-for-civilians

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Re: Colt to suspend civilian AR production
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2019, 06:59:19 PM »
Anyone know how big their part of the market is?

They did this a few years ago (25??) when they announced they were going to quit making handguns (you remember, when they started to make that deal with CZ to make "Colt" pistol in the Czech Republic. 

I bought my stainless steel Colt Government Model one week and about 2 weeks later the gun stores magically doubled prices on Colt 1911s.

Only new Colt I ever bought.

And, as we all know, that didn't last long and they went right back to making/selling Colt handguns, or business as usual.

Didn't they lose the government contract for M16s to FN a few years ago?

I have a few ARs.  Not a Colt in the bunch.  The ones I'm buying up parts to build now don't have a single Colt part on them.  I'm not a "purist" when it comes to ARs.
I stopped carrying the SIG 556R.  SIG changed models and couple/three times and stopped supporting it with parts.  So, I stopped supporting SIG.  Back to the tried/true AR15 Carbine.

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Re: Colt to suspend civilian AR production
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2019, 07:55:33 PM »
Colt is caving to the Democratic liberal ideas, I wouldn't Buy one of their guns if it was the last on the market. They can KMA.
With an announcement like that let's see how many guns they sell now.
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Re: Colt to suspend civilian AR production
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2019, 08:17:50 PM »
Anyone know how big their part of the market is?

They did this a few years ago (25??) when they announced they were going to quit making handguns (you remember, when they started to make that deal with CZ to make "Colt" pistol in the Czech Republic. 

I bought my stainless steel Colt Government Model one week and about 2 weeks later the gun stores magically doubled prices on Colt 1911s.

Only new Colt I ever bought.

And, as we all know, that didn't last long and they went right back to making/selling Colt handguns, or business as usual.

Didn't they lose the government contract for M16s to FN a few years ago?

I have a few ARs.  Not a Colt in the bunch.  The ones I'm buying up parts to build now don't have a single Colt part on them.  I'm not a "purist" when it comes to ARs.

It’s very small. Colt hasn’t been a major player in the AR market in quite a few years. They have been stuck in that quagmire between low priced and high end ARs. The majority of the market share belongs to Smith and Wesson, Ruger and even a Springfield with their Saint offerings over the past few years.  Hopefully this decision helps Colt return to profitability.

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Re: Colt to suspend civilian AR production
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2019, 08:28:10 PM »
https://www.colt.com/news/2630

This seems like fake news. Colt is just focusing on fulfilling current foreign military orders at the moment (and maybe getting some panic buying to clear inventory). This is sadly typical of today's politicized/click-bait sensationalist/incompetent media fueled by Colt's own PR ineptitude.

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Re: Colt to suspend civilian AR production
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2019, 08:52:13 PM »
It’s not fake news. It’s legit. They have definitely discontinued production of civilian SKUs for the immediate future. It will end eventually. It’s people assumptions that are running rampant.

Offline Ron M.

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Re: Colt to suspend civilian AR production
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2019, 09:01:43 PM »
Guess I'll suspend my decision to buy a new Colt Cobra.  The Kimber K6s will do just fine.

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Re: Colt to suspend civilian AR production
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2019, 09:08:01 PM »
It’s not fake news. It’s legit. They have definitely discontinued production of civilian SKUs for the immediate future. It will end eventually. It’s people assumptions that are running rampant.

Did you read the actual link from Colt?

Also the person from Colt who first posted this to The Truth About Guns was fired.

Don't get me wrong. This does not bode well for Colt going into the future:

1. They can't make money on civilian ARs in the current market given their high overhead (expensive workforce, older machinery,cost of doing business in CT).
2. They don't have the manufacturing ability/quality control to fulfill both military sales and civilian sales given their high overhead.
3. They can't put out a simple press release without it becoming an embarrassing clusterf**k that requires the intervention from the CEO.

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Re: Colt to suspend civilian AR production
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2019, 10:20:58 PM »
Colt has been too long on the govt teat.

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Re: Colt to suspend civilian AR production
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2019, 10:24:20 PM »
Caving to Libtards means I'm done with Colt.
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Re: Colt to suspend civilian AR production
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2019, 10:47:09 PM »
I don't think they're caving to lib pressure. I think they're barely keeping their heads above water. Very few people were buying Colt AR's and they saw an opportunity to bow out of a market they couldn't compete in.

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Re: Colt to suspend civilian AR production
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2019, 11:36:22 PM »
With Earl on this.  In Colts case it's good business sense rather than caving on an item they haven't had decent sales in for years.
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Re: Colt to suspend civilian AR production
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2019, 11:38:03 PM »
Since few people (apart apparently from Earl, Larry, and me) are taking the trouble to read the actual story in their hurry to blame everyone and everything else..we'll put this to bed pre-emptively before toys start getting thrown around.

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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2019, 08:48:16 PM »
Quote from: DOC 1500
Colt is caving to the Democratic liberal ideas, I wouldn't Buy one of their guns if it was the last on the market.
I think you confuse Colt's obviously bad business  practices with Democrat liberal ideas.   And I doubt the California market has ever been a big one for Colt over the last 20-30 years.

Colt has demonstrated a unique skill for shooting itself in the foot (nd other parts of its lower extremities) for a number of years, now,  and as someone else has noted, they've done nothing to really lower prices.

There are too many ARs out there that are as good or better than the Colt offerings, but less expensive.  Only their .22 versions of the AR seems to be competitive.

 

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