Most large gun manufacturers have this approach to the market when the gov is a major buyer for their goods.Historically every since the beginning Colt primarily sought government contracts over civilian markets. Nothing has over the last 173 years as far as who Colt sees as their main customer.
Thanks for this. You just reminded me to "do the work" before I run my mouth. Here's the story straight from Colt's website:They suspended civilian sales to concentrate their capacity towards government sales. MSM articles make it out like they (Colt) don't want to sell to the public, but that isn't necessarily the case.
There are recently rumours that Colt is abandoning the civilian AR-15 market. The truth is not quite so simple. With national news outlets picking up the story, Colt have today released a statement emphasising their commitment to the Second Amendment and reassuring that they 'highly value' their...www.thefirearmblog.com
Also, they didn't say it explicitly, but the civilian AR market is saturated with every major and many minor manufacturers making and selling some version of the AR, and/or AR parts/kits/etc. - Colt can't really compete on price/quality with them in the civilian market.
Now maybe they are putting a spin on this at an opportune time and they just don't want to be caught up in what will soon be a political mess, but maybe not - that isn't what they said, it isn't 'virtue signaling', despite what the MSM is trying to spin it as. So I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
There have been numerous articles recently published about Colt’s participation in the commercial rifle market. Some of these articles have incorrectly stated or implied that Colt is not committed to the consumer market. We want to assure you that Colt is committed to the Second Amendment, highly values its customers and continues to manufacture the world’s finest quality firearms for the consumer market.
In this hyper-saturated AR market it might not be a bad business decision. Seems like everyone and their uncle is producing an AR these days.
I doubt it but you could always start monitoring the gun auction sites.