Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Samopal

    So is this yet another mil/LEO-only “sniper rifle” that’s too good for civilians?

    • Brian P.

      Meh, it doesn’t matter. It’s Colt. Most of what they’ve got is overpriced, anyway.

      • W

        but its mil-spec dammit! :P

  • Reverend Clint

    butt stock looks straight outta star trek.

  • AZRon

    $3800.00?

    Damn, I was under the impression that it was HK that hated us.

    It’s way above my income level ($0.00), but I’ll give Colt credit for eschewing current labeling trends which include green “zombie” parts, a model designation which includes the word “tactical”, and having the cajones to offer a somewhat “same old” for an enormous chunk of change.

    I’ll let Colts slide this time, because I’m still diggin’ the Python.

    • W

      biggest mistake i ever made was getting rid of my colt python in the mid 1990s. i have since bought one back, though i paid a considerably larger chunk of change. classical pistol.

  • Mike

    That chassis stock looks a lot like the XLR Industries chassis (though it isn’t).

    However, the price is not that out of line, compared to building a custom tactical gun — figure a custom action like a Stiller or Surgeon will set you back about $1,000-$1,200, add $300 for a quality barrel, at least $300 for quality trigger, scope base, and misc. small parts, $200 for the Surefire brake, and $800-$1,200 for a chassis system like the XLR or an AI, and you’re looking in the neighborhood of $3,000 on parts alone, never mind another $300 for a gunsmith to chamber the barrel and install the brake.

    The action looks familiar, though no telling how much it costs Colt for the other stuff.

  • Julio

    A bit more info and a couple more hots here: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/04/foghorn/new-from-colt-m2012/

    • Julio

      “hots” !? Oops!. Sorry, that should have read: “photos”.

      • SpudGun

        Thanks for the link Julio, some very interesting reading – according to The Truth About Guns it weights 13.2 lbs – not a big deal if you’re lying in the dirt shooting from a bipod most of the time and it’s a parts bin gun – admittedly they’re probably very nice parts from really good manufacturers – but not Colt OEM.

        The stock is undeniably groovy.

  • Lance

    Looks nice but prefer it in .300 Win mag over regular .308 Win caliber. Looks too BIG for a .308 anyway just right size for a magnum rifle.

  • John Doe

    The price is similar to some TRG-22s I’ve seen out there, but I’m not sure Colt could muster up Sako quality.

    The choice of a few more calibers would be nice too.

  • Guest

    I noticed it on their website earlier at http://www.coltcompetitionrifle.com/Firearms/ColtM2012.aspx I just wasn’t interested. ;)

  • Thomas

    I have the pleasure of shooting the Colt M2012 at a local range today after coincidentally running into a nice gentleman I met at a LGS a few weeks ago. Using an unknown to me “Match” grade 168gr factory load he had purchased, I helped him zero the gun at 100 yards, as he had never fired it before today. Took about 5 shots to get from 5′ high 3′ right to a dead center bullseye. After he fired about 10 rounds he offered me a magazine to shoot. First round was about 3/4″ high of center bullseye. 2nd and 3rd shots stacked about 1/4″ above the 1st shot. I pulled the 4th about 2″ right and 1″ above first 3 (all me, not the gun) and the 5th shot split the difference of my 1st shot and the bullseye. Amazing rifle I must say. I’m hardly the best marksman, but this rifle sure made me feel like I was. I personally can not justify the price of this rifle, but I can say it performed beautifully in my hands.