Colt suspending AR15 production

Discussion in 'Modern Firearms' started by bdl605, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. bdl605

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    i just saw on the nightly news that colt is halting production/sales of AR15 to civilian market! Colt claims it’s due to market swings and slow sales due to competition. Colt claims “ there are plenty of ARs on the market” I’m not a die hard black gun guy myself I have s couple ARs one a really nice old colt but at this point I’m thinking about putting every colt firearm I own on the road! Just seems like odd timing for an established gun company who should care about the 2nd amendment to stop producing a rifle in the center of so much drama. Seems to send a really bad signal! Let’s try addressing some of the real issues with mental health, no parenting accountability, being able to address warning signs without fear of hurting someone’s feelings etc. Am I the only one thinking this way?
     
  2. Dark Cloud

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    What I can’t understand ,the reasoning behind this announcement from colt, they’re still making these guns, marketing to military and police, so why make a big announcement you’re not marketing to the public.I think they’re playing both sides .
     
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  3. bdl605

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    That’s exactly what it seems like to me! That being said I am still reading on it and some people are saying colt will fire back up when their supply lowers. To me looks like a ploy to appease the liberals and take a little heat off them! If that’s the case I hope they never sell another firearm, very least I’ll not buy anymore if it is.
     
  4. JDMiller

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    Less than 4 years ago Colt was in chapter 11 bankruptcy. Up until then there were two companies under Colt. One was Colt Manufacturing and the other Colt Defense. The latter supplied M4’s for law enforcement & military contracts.

    During the bankruptcy they restructured into just one company as part of the settlement.

    So honestly.... I would take this info for face value and not read too much into it . Colts products are too high, quality down & sales are slow.

    Colt has been trying to price their self out of business for a long time now.
     
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  5. predator1

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    Basically what they are saying is “We’re overpriced and not near the quality of guns selling at half our price. We’ve lost our market share to the point it no longer makes sense to try and compete in the civilian market. Especially since we won military contracts and get to grossly overcharge the military at tax payers expense”
     
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  6. bdl605

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    I agree with every point made above , but they’ve basically been over priced and poorer quality for some time now. I just think it’s gonna do nothing but give more ammo to the anti gun movement right now regardless of their reasoning! The verbiage especially not making them any longer for the civilian market but still producing for military and police!
     
  7. Semp

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    Decided to revise my opinion. The Colt of today is not the Colt of yesterday it appears. Although the ones I have I like very much.
     
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  8. Dark Cloud

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    It also could be they made a private agreement ,in the lawsuit that was filed in July ,about the Las Vegas shooting ,to suspend selling to citizens, who knows .
     
  9. ojibwa62

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    They are still marketing to the public , they are claiming there are plenty of ARs in circulation or in stores.. it's mearly a political ploy by Colt..

    I would really like to know what percentage of ARs sold are Colt, I would be willing to bet other companies that build and sell ARs outsell Colt 10 to 1..
     
  10. davers

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    Sounds like Colt caved in to the anti-gun crowd.
     
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  11. bdl605

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    I agree with that statement semp. I love the old colts I have too, but I don’t think today’s colt price vs their quality is the same as it used to be and I too think they are caving a bit regardless of what they say! If they have s big stockpile of unsold AR’s then slow or halt production temporarily without saying no longer making them for civilians!!!
     
  12. mmayes

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    There are tons of better produced AR's on the market that cost way less than a Colt. Today all you are buying is Colt's name and that's about it.

    Mayes
     
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