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BREAKING: Colt to Stop Making AR-15 Rifles for the Civilian Market

by Paul Goldberg

Did the Colt guns fall prey to the “Beto Effect?”

2020 candidate Beto O’Rourke recently made waves when he warned “Hell Yes, we’re going to take your AR-15’s” during the last Democrat debate.

Beto later added via a tweet:

The inventor of the AR-15 was “focused on making the most efficient and superior rifle possible for the military,” his family says. They say he would agree weapons of war like AR-15s have no place in our communities.

Kamala Harris voiced her support for the mandatory assault weapon buyback idea during an appearance on the tonight show Monday.

Guns.com reports Connecticut-based Colt Firearms last week reportedly signaled they are exiting the consumer rifle market in coming days.

The company, originally founded in 1855 by inventor Samuel Colt to make handguns, will stop making rifles for retail sales channels. The news came from The Truth About Guns who confirmed it with Paul Spitale, senior VP of Colt’s commercial business line and was verified by Shooting Illustrated.

“We’re going to focus on the products that our consumers are asking for. We’ve expanded our 1911s and our revolver line, and that market has been very positive for us,” Spitale said. Shooting Illustrated reported that Colt’s rifle line production is occupied, at least for the time being, with outstanding contracts which include orders through police and defense channels.

According to records from the ATF for 2017, the most current available, Colt produced some 31,987 pistols and 7,342 revolvers at their West Hartford, Connecticut factory that year. This compares with 13,942 rifles, of which 2,097 were exported. Since 2017, the company has been aggressively expanding its long-dormant revolver line, introducing several Cobra and King Cobra wheel guns, to an eager audience.

Historically, Colt has been perhaps best known for handguns, but rifles have never been absent from their catalog for long. At the same time, their famous black powder revolvers were making the company a household name, Colt was also producing Ring Lever and Revolving carbines and muskets.

This article was written by the staff of TheConservativeOpinion.com 

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Zero Nada September 19, 2019 - 03:21

Colt = Can Only Lose Trade, Cunts Over Lost Trust, Crappy Old Loser Technology

coolit10 September 19, 2019 - 05:49

I’ll bet the largest stockholders were told in advance so they could get out of their stocks. It is called insider trading.

yessah3 September 19, 2019 - 11:28

This is probably being driven by sales. My guess is they are not selling enough and figured they would virtue signal while removing a section of business that made very little for them. Throwing meat to the gun grabbers will hurt them in the long run.

AntiPCBS September 19, 2019 - 12:07

This is fake news. Colt is temporarily stopping civilian AR production to fill backlogged military orders and because the AR market is too saturated for them to be profitable currently (hence the focus on revolvers again). It has NOTHING to do with Beto or the lefts irrational fear of an inanimate object. The soon on this story makes it seem like they are catering to liberals and that is certainly not the case. This is just capitalism…

Freeland_Dave September 19, 2019 - 15:58

If you recall, Colt stopped manufacturing of the .45 ACP 1911 for civilian sales too. But you can still get them. Since the M-16 is the switchable semi-automatic/automatic version of the AR-15, which is only semi-automatic and illegal to modify to shoot full automatic, which is illegal to do, and virtually no military or para-military (law enforcement) organization would buy an AR-15 but the M-16 instead, this article is a business decision by Colt and not the anti-gun craziness that has all the Leftists in the US all giddy and excited. This has absolutely nothing to do with Richard Francis (Beto) O’Rourke but the Leftists will think that it is.


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