I got a lot of pre-SHOT Show emails and Facebook posts from people who were wondering if Colt was going to announce a return to the revolver business. One of their marketing people had gone on Tom Gresham’s show hinting that they may in fact do just that, and many people were wondering if this was going to be the year.
As I explained in my responses it seems as though Colt does this almost every year before SHOT, and has for darned near a decade. I have no doubt that they want to get back into the revolver business and I’ve made no secret that I want them to do so, but the time apparently isn’t quite right. Whether they can’t afford to make new guns or they’re unsure about what direction the market is going I can’t say, but it’s clear that they’re not ready.
One thing I think is pretty certain: as several people at Colt have emphatically told me, the Python and the Detective Special/Diamondback as we know them are not coming back. The old Colt lockwork and the superlative Colt Royal Blue finish are far too labor intensive and expensive for a production firearm today. I’m confident that a production Python would have to sell for well over $2,000 to make any money for Colt, and that’s if they could find the people to do the work. Most of the employees who had that level of expertise have left the company (retired or laid off, take your pick) and resurrecting those skills would be prohibitively expensive.
Colt certainly has opportunities in the hunting and self defense markets, which I hope they can take advantage of (and if anyone from Colt is reading this, I’m available for consultation!) It’s only going to happen, though, if it makes economic sense for their owners.
-=[ Grant ]=-