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    Report: Colt to Cease AR-15 Production for the Civilian Market

    Colt Firearms has reportedly decided to cease AR-15 production for the civilian market.

    Source: Breitbart



    This will mark the end to some of the most iconic AR-15s ever, as Colts were a go-to AR for consumers as America’s love for the modern sporting rifle emerged in the late 20th century.

    Guns.com reports Colt senior VP Paul Spitale indicated the company is shifting away from ARs and toward the class 1911, Colt revolvers, and other guns Americans want for concealed carry. Spitale said:

    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.

    Shooting Illustrated quoted Spitale saying Colt’s decision to refocus production was based on “customer feedback.”

    Spitale made clear Colt’s position on making rifles for civilians could be reversed in the future, if the market changes to support a higher production of modern sporting rifles again. But for now, the 1911, the King Cobra family of revolvers, and similar firearms will be Colt’s focus.
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    The decision made by Colt Arms has nothing to do with the murders committed recently. It is purely a marketing decision based on prospective sales, since many other brands are available to private citizens... Frankly, I prefer to build my own.

    Steve Ellis, who owns and operates one of the largest gun shops and indoor ranges in the Midwest, has this to add about Colt's decision:

    "CEO Steve Ellis said there are several manufacturers of this weapon. Colt says there's an adequate supply of modern sporting rifles in the market. Ellis said he has no doubt this is a strategic move for Colt. That's because their share of this particular market has dropped.

    "I think the major factor is not that Colt didn't make a good product, not that Colt doesn't have a strong name, it's that Colt didn't figure out how to make this product at a better price point," Ellis said."

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    The supply is more than adequate on the civilian market. Colt is but a small fraction of sales to civilians. There are many, many makers of AR-15 rifles out there as well as the roll your own variety.

    They have also gotten a lot cheaper over the last decade too.
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