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    Why the U.S. Army Dropped Colt As Its Rifle Contractor

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    In business, as in many things in life, if your not moving forward, then your loosing ground. Colt sitting on their perceived laurels was huge mistake.
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    As much as I love Colts I sold my fussy Colt AR I won't keep what won't run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawgrider View Post
    As much as I love Colts I sold my fussy Colt AR I won't keep what won't run.
    If it don't run I get rid of it. I don't fix it or send it back to the manufacturer. If I start having issues with any firearm I loose trust in it and I make it go away, otherwise it's a paper weight. I typically do my research before I buy so I have had few issues but I had a DPMS AR that was finicky and not cycling so I sold it to a guy at work with full disclosure of course. I wouldn't sell a man a rifle he couldn't trust without informing him. He said he could fix it so let him have at it.
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    My Colt's run well. The ones that didn't moved on.
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    I do not own any AR, but my Colt pistols work as they should, even the one that is 101 years old and the one that is 98 years old.
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    The XM4 was adopted as the M4 in 1994, and would become Colt’s primary product throughout the global war on terror.
    I was issued a full-auto Colt M4 in 1996 or so, and it was a great gun; I went berserk on it, and I really abused it for a single afternoon. It never jammed, and kept firing with smoke rolling of it.

    I have never abused a gun like that, before or since, and it had me sold on the ruggedness of a Colt. My .45 is a Colt too, and I got it when the name meant something. But now? I don't think so, because the name is garbage, and Colt sat on their butts, and let the quality go to blazes.

    Colt in the 2000s and 2010s was happy to sit on their existing product line.
    The company executives committed a series of fatal blunders, by sitting around and doing nothing. They were negligent, and worse, and it is as I suspected.
    They just let the company sink into a mire, which it could not get out of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mills View Post
    I was issued a full-auto Colt M4 in 1996 or so, and it was a great gun; I went berserk on it, and I really abused it for a single afternoon. It never jammed, and kept firing with smoke rolling of it.

    I have never abused a gun like that, before or since, and it had me sold on the ruggedness of a Colt. My .45 is a Colt too, and I got it when the name meant something. But now? I don't think so, because the name is garbage, and Colt sat on their butts, and let the quality go to blazes.


    The company executives committed a series of fatal blunders, by sitting around and doing nothing. They were negligent, and worse, and it is as I suspected.
    They just let the company sink into a mire, which it could not get out of.
    I beat my issues M4 all to hell, two deployments, wet sand in the bolt etc and it came back for more. I paired that with an ACOG and hard sights, it was a great rifle.

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    My M16-A1 in 1969 was a Colt.
    Nice rifle, but it wouldn't take the same abuse as the M14.
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    My Colt LE6920 has never made me worried... it chews everything I put through it. Sweet rifle.
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