Colt suspends production of AR-15 for civilian market
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    Colt suspends production of AR-15 for civilian market


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    Typical poor business decision for Colt.

    Got a product like a Python that is seeing an unprecedented surge in price and popularity? Let's end production! Got a big-bore revolver- Anaconda- that people are phoning all over the country to get? Let's end production!

    They think the market is super-saturated with AR-15s and they can't be competitive? What do the other premium AR builders do? They double down on their quality, delivery, and customer service to make them more appealing to their customers!

    But this is typical for Colt. In the dog-eat-dog world of competitive marketing, it's the third-rate players who throw up their arms in defeat. Winners keep trying! Very sad to see another one of the legacy marques shoot themselves in the corporate foot.

    To the many manufacturers and suppliers who are dedicated to delivering products on a daily basis- no matter what their size or market share- I thank you!

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    Their timing is poor but the profit margin with AR's must be way down. A lot of competition to deal with.

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    Every gun show I go to is flooded with AR's and uppers dirt cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lever Jac View Post
    Their timing is poor but the profit margin with AR's must be way down. A lot of competition to deal with.
    Agreed - this is just a publicity seeking, "image building" cost cutting measure for 'looks' - it's Colt's way of stepping out of a portion of the market that they can no longer compete in due to costs now that just about anybody can, and has, duplicated -and improved upon - every aspect/component of their product for much less cost (both to manufacture and/or purchase and integrate). They may get a day or two's worth of 'positive image' Democrat Party media coverage, but Not One Single Gangsta Thug or any legitimate AR builder/Buyer (or even pistol purchaser) is going to say "I'll take the Colt (insert product) at full cost because of their 'Bravery' in suspending the manufacture of product 'X'"...….
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    yeah, they are after the big bucks, filling govt contracts and selling to municipalities. most enthusiasts shop around for parts or buy a kit and make an ar the way they want it, and bargain seekers buy the cheapest one they can find and that sure aint colt

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    Colt has priced themselves out of the market over the years and lessened their quality as well

    the last three new Colt handguns that I purchased had to be returned for warranty repair after the first outing (all were 1911's)
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    Discontinuing the Python because they were fat in government contracts and then losing the contract nearly killed them last time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewtoSkeet View Post
    Discontinuing the Python because they were fat in government contracts and then losing the contract nearly killed them last time.
    I remember they said Govt contracts was why they discontinued the snake series of handguns and everyone said it was stupid back then.
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