Colt disappoints, but there’s a reason for it.

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Some expected Colt to have a big announcement at SHOT. Here’s why I wasn’t surprised that they didn’t.
As you may be aware, I did not attend SHOT Show last week. There’s lots of news about the show floating around the ‘net, though, from the Gun Digest roundup of the new handguns to last week’s Gun Nation podcast, where we talked live with Paul Carlson of Safety Solutions Academy who was at the show. He had some great information for us, and if you want more than just a few words about the show give a listen at the link; we had a terrific conversation!

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 ]=-


About the Author:

Grant Cunningham is a renowned author and teacher in the fields of self defense, defensive shooting education and personal safety. He’s written several popular books on handguns and defensive shooting, including "The Book of the Revolver", "Shooter’s Guide To Handguns", "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals", "Defensive Pistol Fundamentals", and "Practice Strategies for Defensive Shooting" (Fall 2015.) Grant has also written articles on shooting, self defense, training and teaching for many magazines and shooting websites, including Concealed Carry Magazine, Gun Digest Magazine, the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors ADSI) and the popular Personal Defense Network training website. He’s produced a DVD in the National Rifle Association’s Personal Firearm Defense series titled "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals" and teaches defensive shooting and personal safety courses all over the United States.
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