Posts Tagged ‘Colt’

Colt Congratulates Team Colt for Strong Showing at IPSC Nationals

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Colt Congratulates Team Colt Shooters Maggie Reese and Mark Redl on Strong Showing at IPSC Nationals

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (September 23, 2016) – Colt is pleased to congratulate Team Colt for another outstanding showing at the IPSC Nationals, September 17-18 in Frostproof, FL. Team Colt shooters Maggie Reese and Mark Redl both placed in this elite competition, with Reese taking a win.

“We couldn’t be more honored by this performance,” said Paul Spitale, VP at Colt. “Team Colt is on the front lines of competitive shooting, championing the excellence that we strive for every day here at the Colt factory.”

Maggie Reese placed first in the Ladies Class in Classic Division. “I shot my 9mm Colt Government Model which is perfect for this division,” said Reese. “Shooting a minor caliber (such as 9mm) requires more focus on accuracy because of the scoring structure; consistent shot-placement is critical.”

“I used my off-the-shelf Colt Competition Pistol in 9mm for this match,” said Mark Redl, Team Colt shooter and Product Manager at Colt. “This was the type of match I had in mind when we were in the design process for this pistol, and the performance I get from it is excellent.” Redl placed third in the Senior Class in Classic Division.

The competition was grueling. Florida heat beared down on competitors as they navigated the course of fire. Featuring paper and steel targets at distances over 20 yards as well as penalty and moving targets, shooters were kept on their toes. Agility was also tested through stages featuring awkward shooting positions and strong-hand / weak-hand shooting.

Colt Unveils A New Expanse M4 – The CE2000

Monday, August 1st, 2016

For those of you not in the know, the Colt Expanse for Colt is essentially what the M&P-15 Sport is for Smith & Wesson; a reasonably-priced, baseline AR which functions as a good starting rifle, or a decent backup gun. The comparison is even more accurate, given the press release below announces that a new model of the Expanse, the CE2000, is now available with a dust cover and forward assist, just like the Sport II added a dust cover and forward assist over the original Sport. As they say, those who don’t learn from history…

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (July 29, 2016) – Colt, designer and manufacturer of the M4 carbine and M16 rifle, is excited to announce a new chapter in the evolution of it’s popular Expanse™ M4 carbine line with the release of the new upgraded model CE2000.

Expanse CE2000 RH

“This was a natural move for us,” said Justin Baldini, Product Director for Colt. “We simply listened to what our customers and our Colt Stocking Dealers were telling us, and the story was simple. Folks want the added features of a real Colt dust cover and forward assist, and they want it to come that way from the factory.”

And Colt did just that. Building on what made the original Expanse™ M4 model CE1000 special – the same Colt forgings, bolt, and other parts used on the rest of the Colt M4 line – the new Colt Expanse™ M4 model CE2000 is upgraded to include a Colt dust cover and forward assist.

“We couldn’t be happier to deliver to our customers exactly what they want,” said Paul Spitale, Senior VP at Colt. “It’s a proud moment to be able to build on the success we’ve had with the Expanse™ M4 in a way that provides an even better ownership experience to the discerning firearms enthusiast.”

Expanse Cover Assist SM

With this latest model in the Expanse™ M4 line, Colt continues it’s efforts to put a quality AR-15® within easy reach of the modern sportsman. The Expanse™ M4 is a great point of entry for an enthusiast looking to build the modern sporting rifle of their dreams or a collector who wants an authentic Colt. The Expanse™ M4 in 5.56 x 45 NATO (.223 Rem.) delivers a true Colt quality experience at an exceptional value. The Expanse™ M4 model CE2000 retails for $749.

A 1963 Colt AR-15 Advertisment

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

I’m digging the tag line at the end, “If you’re a hunter, camper, or collector, you’ll want the AR-15 Sporter.”

Colt Introduces Updated Models for Summer 2016 – Colt Delta Elite, Colt Defender, 9mm Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun, and 9mm Stainless Colt Rail Gun

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (June 1, 2016) – Building on the momentum achieved in early 2016 with the release of the Colt Competition Pistol, Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun, and Colt Expanse M4, Colt wastes no time in updating its current handgun lineup. Updated models include the Delta Elite and Defender which have been thoroughly revised, and the Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun and stainless steel Rail Gun which are now offered in 9mm.

Colt Defender O7800XE

“Long before I came to Colt I bought a Defender, which I love,” said Paul Spitale, Senior VP at Colt. “I quickly realized that there were a few things about it that kept it from being perfect for concealed carry, so when I came to Colt early last year that was a project that was very important to me.” The Defender is now offered in two finishes: the stainless steel model is available only in .45 ACP and features the same brushed stainless steel slide, stainless Cerakote coated aluminum receiver, and three dot sight structure as the outgoing model but now feature custom Colt G10 grips and a carry cut on the front of the slide for ease of concealment. The new black and blued model offers all the upgrades of the stainless model, as well as a blued carbon steel slide and black Cerakote coated aluminum receiver, a Tritium front night sight and blacked out rear Novak low mount carry sight for ease of target acquisition, and the option either of 9mm or .45 ACP. MSRP on the stainless model is unchanged at $899, while the upgraded black and blued model is offered at $949.

Colt Delta Elite O2020XE

The Delta Elite has always been the choice of enthusiasts who want the stopping power of 10mm in a genuine Colt 1911 platform pistol. “Although it was developed for tactical applications that require more power in a reliable package, nowadays the Delta Elite is for the outdoorsman who’s hunting medium sized game and wants a powerful handgun for when things get up-close,” said Justin Baldini, Product Director at Colt. “So we took the existing model and added modernized features that not only pay homage to its tactical heritage, but also make it an outstanding package for hunting or personal defense.” The redesigned Delta Elite features an upswept beavertail grip safety, extended thumb safety, composite stocks with Delta medallions, and Novak white dot sights. MSRP is unchanged at $1,099

Lastly, the Colt Rail Gun line has been updated to include 9mm versions of both the stainless steel Rail Gun and Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun. “Colt offering a Rail Gun in 9mm is a perfect example of us listening to what our customers want,” said Spitale. “The accessory rail allows for secure mounting of a tactical light while also providing excellent balance for the shooter. Add to that the combination of 9mm and our Dual Spring Recoil System, and the recoil is greatly reduced making for a very pleasurable shooting experience.” The standard stainless Colt Rail Gun has an MSRP of $1,199, and the Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun has an MSRP of $1,499.

NRA – Colt Classic Reproduction Military ARs

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

This is the coolest thing I’ve seen at the show.  Colt Classic plans to release a new line of reproduction AR-style, military issue firearms. The first two are the Model 02 and XM177E1. Other, similar reproductions have been offered but these are genuine Colt, using original examples as pattern guns to ensure accuracy. 

I spoke briefly with the folks working in this project and it’s truly a labor of love, recreating these limited edition firearms. There’s a whole lineup planned including the Shorty Commando, GAU-5A/A and others. I can’t wait to see these hit the market, considering an original Commando will run in the tens of thousands of Dollars.

SHOT Show – Colt Manufacturing

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016


This is the Colt Competition Pistol. It’s a 1911 which features a blued carbon steel receiver and slide, and a 5″ barrel. The sights consist of a fiber optic front and adjustable Novak rear sights. The most defining feature of the new Competition Pistol is the custom blue Colt logo G10 grips. The Competition Pistol is available in .45 ACP and 9mm Luger chamberings, with capacities of 8 and 9-rounds, respectively.

More M4s On The Way From Colt & FN

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Announced by DoD on Friday.

Colt Defense LLC, West Hartford, Connecticut (15QKN-15-D-0102); and FN America LLC, Columbia, South Carolina (W15QKN-15-D-0072), were awarded a $212,000,000 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract for M4 and M4A1 carbines for the Army and others, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 24, 2020. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

There’s a lot of conjecture out there about this contract, but keeping the lines open through 2020 is a good move, especially considering the USMC’s interest in the M4.  I don’t see this as a response by DoD to the Colt bankruptcy but rather indicates their faith in the brand as a reliable contractor. It is my assessment that the Colt portion of this contract is in spite of the bankruptcy, rather than in reaction to it.  

MDM – Colt CK901

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Walking past the Colt booth at Modern Day Marine I saw this out of the corner of my eye.

It’s the Colt CK901 which uses the 901 lower receiver type in 7.62×39 and accepts an AK47 magazine.