Background of the Colt’s Manufacturing Company
One of the most renowned firearms manufacturing company in the world is the Colt’s Manufacturing Company, headquartered in Hartford, in the United States. It is ranked as one of the premier manufacturers of handguns, revolvers, rifles, pistols and customized firearms in the world. The Colt’s Manufacturing Company boasts of producing a plethora of innovations, a pioneer in the implementation of mass production proficiency in weapon technology. This company is well-known for its zeal in always striving to maintain or improve its production methods in order to get ahead of its competitors. The Colt’s Manufacturing Company was founded by Samuel Colt in 1855.
The Colt’s Manufacturing Company – History
Samuel Colt was known by his cohorts as an inventive genius, a dreamer and a master planner and inventor of the revolving chamber in revolvers. In 1835, Colt engineered improvements on his revolving chamber design for which he obtained a British patent, followed by two U.S patents during the following year. Armed with his new patent, Colt established the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company of Paterson in New Jersey. He manufactured several revolvers but was sometimes unlucky there were quality problems with his weapons. Colt conceived the idea of producing firearms composed of interchangeable parts. But, being a new concept, this was not fully understood by the makers of firearms, thus leading to quality issues and followed by an abrupt termination of his revolver production in 1842.
Being a dreamer, Colt was not deterred and made a revolver production comeback in 1846. He submitted a prototype of his weapon to the US government who advised him to make it in larger caliber. This proved to be an uphill task as Colt’s earlier company; Patent Arms Manufacturing Company of Paterson was now defunct, for all practical purposes. Colt had neither machinery nor a factory to implement the suggestions given to him by his potential client, the US government.
The shortfall of machinery was remedied by collaboration between Colt and a company called Whitney Armory, led by the Eli Whitney family. Whitney Amory was fully equipped with modern weapon machinery and Colt utilized this to his advantage in a combination of renting the facilities and subcontracting the fabrication of some parts of his revolver designs to the armory as he pursued his firearms manufacturing dream. This time, Colt was lucky with his designs as Texans fascinated by his new revolver, placed an order of 1000 revolvers. The Texan order was a great and timely boost which put Colt on the map in the firearms market. In 1848, he opened his own business and in 1855 Colt changed it to a corporation with a name Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company, located in Hartford.
From this point onwards, the Colt’s Manufacturing Company continued to flourish in firearms production but also experienced its fair share of setbacks as well. The company flourished between 1960 and 1970. This was mainly due to the escalation of the Vietnam War and further boosted by the adoption of the M16 by the US army. Colt managed to sell over 5 million weapons during that time span. Firearms purchase was also rife during the Cold War. There was a decline as a result of a boycott of Colt products by the gun stores and gun owners leading to the purchase of Colt’s Manufacturing Company by Zilkha & Co. in the late 1990s.
Ultimately, the boycott ended and in the early 2000s a retired U.S. Marine Lt. General William M. Keys, returned Colt to its feet from the brink of bankruptcy when he took over.
Currently, Colt products available are mainly pistols, rifles and revolvers.
The present pistols in the market from Colt’s Manufacturing Company are semi-automatic pistols that originated from the famous Colt M1911 pistol that was designed by John Browning in collaboration with the standard-issue U.S. military sidearm. It is worth noting that Colt 1911 pistols and their descendants were employed in both the World Wars and also in the Korean War and the Vietnam-era. Today, Colt customers can get a feel of those pistols by purchasing reproductions of these weapons, fabricated according to the original design specifications and designs from factory blueprints.
The pistols that are readily available in the market include the 1991 series, XSE series, Combat Elite, Railgun, Gold Cup series 70, Defender, New Agent series, .380 Mustang, Special Combat Government that is only ordered by the US government and the Close Quarter Battle Pistol (CQBP).
Colt Single Action Army Revolvers
This revolver has a fixed front blade attached to a U-notch behind, a uniformly-polished spur hammer with black composite eagle stocks. The weapon’s cylinder bushing is of second-generation style, and its hardened case is either colored blue or has a nickel finish.
It comes with the following Barrel Lengths:
- 4 ¾” Barrel Length and 10 ¼” Overall Length
- 5 ½” Barrel Length and 11” Overall Length
- 7 ½” Barrel Length and 13” Overall Length
Colt New Frontier
The Colt New Frontier revolver has a sleek flattop design with an adjustable rear sight for wind deflection and elevation ease. It also has a target-ready ramp front sight.
This gun is offered in .44 Special and .45 Colt and has different barrel lengths. Colt royal blue offers a meticulous finish on both the barrel and cylinder and a hardened frame with a colored case.
The spurt of Colt rifles in the market commenced with the Stoner AR-15 design. This was attributed to the fact that these weapons served as both commercial and sporting rifles. AR-15 design was later transformed by Colt himself into the Colt M16 automatic rifle – a military grade rifle. The M16 (Colt rifles) are believed to have been deployed and majorly used in the early days of the Vietnam War. The rifles employed in that war to satisfaction of the militants formed the performance benchmarks by which all other tactical military rifles have ever since been measured. This can be attributed to the M16’s formidable reliability and established quality in combat. Today rifles by the Colt’s Manufacturing Company include LE901-16S, LE6940 series, LE6920 series, AR15A4
Final Analysis of the Colt’s Manufacturing Company
The Colt’s Manufacturing Company manufactures rifles for sportsmen, hunters and other shooters who just shoot for the fun of it. The interesting bit is that all rifles, even those used by sportsmen and hunters are manufactured based on similar military standards and specifications as the United States issue on Colt M16 rifle and M4 carbine. This establishes the fact that the Colt’s Manufacturing Company produces some of the most popular, yet standard firearms in the world today.
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