By Brandon Council
Colt has made the decision to cease the manufacturing and sale of their AR-15’s for the civilian market. With all of the talk about impending gun control legislation, it makes you wonder if Colt has joined companies like Dicks, Wal-Mart, or any of the other freedom-hating companies who have changed their policies to pander to the left. Not in their words.
In a statement, Colt cited market saturation as their reason to stop sales. Basically, there are too many other offerings from other manufacturers competing for the market share. In all honesty, this could be true. With every Tom, Dick, and Harry offering their version of arguably the most popular rifle in America, the market is flooded. I’m sure their civilian sales have dwindled in the past few years, cutting their profits. At a certain point, it costs more to manufacture them than they make selling them. What I’m guessing, (or hoping), is that they are either at that threshold or coming close. If that is the case, it makes perfect sense for them to stop manufacturing them for civilian sales. Unfortunately for them, the timing is terrible.
On the surface, this looks like a major player in the gun industry is folding to pressure from gun control groups. This is most definitely something we as gun owners don’t need right now. Giving the left the illusion that their pressure is working, just adds gasoline to their fire. Thankfully, Colt made a statement and didn’t just stop sales without justifying it. If their word is true, it’s no more than Colt making a move to remain profitable.