New Colts Announced For 2016

Colt Expanse M4

Colt announced several new guns to be released for 2016. It’s been some time since Colt has introduced new 1911’s for the general consumer market. Of course we’ve seen limited editions in past years but nothing like these.

What really caught my attention was the new Colt M4 called the “Expanse”. Called a starter M4 by Colt it’s appearance is not dissimilar to the standard M4. The surprise is the MSRP of $699.00 which is much less than the entry AR15 of recent years. As far as specs there were none in the press release but I’m sure we’ll post additional details as we report from SHOT. In fact I can almost assure the readers we will test one of these rifles after the SHOT show.

The other two guns are 1911 pistols with one for competition and the other a concealed carry 1911 based on the Colt Lightweight Commander. The Commander comes with high profile Novak sights, beavertail grip safety and oversized thumb safety. It also appears to have vertical cuts on the front of the grip. The Commander will be offered in 45 acp or 9mm. The pistol comes with G-10 grips and Colts double spring recoil system. The MSRP is listed at $949.00.

Colt Lightweight Commander

Colt Lightweight Commander

The second 1911 is the “Competition” pistol. This model also has the dual recoil spring system, Novak adjustable rear sight and a front fiber optic sight. G-10 grips are also standard on this model. This also comes in 45 acp or 9mm.A national match barrel is also standard. The MSRP is $899.00. This is also a lower price than we’re used to seeing on a Colt and that’s especially true for a competition pistol.

Colt Competition Pistol

Colt Competition Pistol

Could these guns be an indicator that Colt is getting back to it’s roots and placing more emphasis on new guns for consumers? Only time will tell but I do hope this is the case for the future of the company. If you check the Colt website you’ll notice a drop in prices over a range of guns. Colt Website

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (January 6, 2016) – The historic firearms manufacturer Colt is announcing three innovative new products for the start of 2016; the Colt Competition Pistol™, the Colt Expanse™ M4 Carbine, and the Colt Lightweight Commander®.

“We’re incredibly excited about these new offerings,” said Paul Spitale, Senior VP of Commercial Business at Colt. “The Colt Competition Pistol™ is race ready right out of the box, and the Expanse™ M4 is a great building block that’s easy to get into for both the first-time AR-15 platform owner and the more experienced collector alike.”

The Colt Competition Pistol™, which is available in .45 ACP or 9mm, offers several features that competitive shooters will appreciate, including Colt’s innovative Dual Spring Recoil System™ developed for the M45A1 in order to reduce recoil and help keep shots on target at critical moments. “This pistol is competition grade,” said Mark Redl, Team Colt sponsored shooter and Product Manager for Colt. “We designed a pistol that you can buy on the way to a match.” Other features include Novak’s new adjustable rear sight and fiber optic front sight, competition ergonomics including an undercut trigger guard and upswept beavertail safety, and a National Match® barrel. The Colt Competition Pistol™ carries an MSRP of $899.

The Expanse™ M4 puts a Colt quality AR-15 within easy reach of the modern sportsman looking to enhance his or her ir collection, or the first-time buyer looking for a starting point on which to build their dream modern sporting rifle. Either way, the Expanse™ M4 in 5.56 x 45 NATO (.223 Rem.) is a great way to add another Colt to the stable. The Expanse™ M4 retails for $699.

The Lightweight Commander®, offered in .45 ACP or 9mm, affords enthusiasts the ability to concealed-carry a real 1911 platform pistol comfortably. With a shorter profile and lower weight than a traditional full size Government Model®, the Lightweight Commander® offers the Dual Spring Recoil System™ and custom Colt G10 grips, among other enhancements. “We wanted to offer something special to the concealed carry enthusiast who wants that authentic Colt experience in a package that can add both confidence and comfort,” said Spitale. The MSRP of the Lightweight Commander is $949.

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Vitor Roma

    Welp, those are boing.

  • Major Tom

    Let me get this straight, the competition pistol costs LESS than the one intended for concealed carry?

    Sounds like it might be worth a looky.

    • ExurbanKevin

      Agreed. That gun is now #1 on my list of future guns for Single Stack. My concern is if they cut corners with the gun to make it so inexpensive, and if so, where.

  • TheMaskedMan

    Colt put all of their eggs in one basket with military contracts, so hopefully this is the start of a stronger showing in the civilian market.

  • DW

    Finally Colt gets it.

  • Lance

    Still too expensive for a AR.

  • Ian McCollum

    Soo….Colt is releasing the same two guns they have been making for 60+ years?

    • Not an invalid observation by any stretch of the imagination, but consider that this is one of the first signs of Colt paying attention to the civilian market exclusively that we’ve seen in… Ever?

      • BattleshipGrey

        Based on the earlier post of Colt’s bankruptcy woes, seems like it was too little too late.

        IIRC, shortly after I got into guns in the ’90’s, Colt stopped making revolvers and stopped marketing to civilians to focus their efforts on government contracts.

        • Sciens is claiming “tell Jabba I’ve got the money”, so we’ll see.

          Frankly, if Sciens doesn’t come up with the money, I reckon that will actually be better for Colt.

          • BattleshipGrey

            How would it be better? Just in the sense that they can show they were trying to make it and the parent company botched it?

          • He means it would be better if gun guys ran it. At least that’s my thought.

          • BattleshipGrey

            Ahh, I see, and agree.

          • I wish that would happen it would bode well for the future of Colt. Certainly better than the previous owners over the last years.

          • Tassiebush

            So Colt will get a nice carbon ornament?

        • We shall see—-

        • blahb

          Something I’ve realized about IIRC … your statement will be read exactly the same if don’t put IIRC. Just sayin

          • BattleshipGrey

            I use it in case some of my information was wrong to begin with. It is how I recalled it, but my memory isn’t always the best…IIRC.

      • FightFireJay

        Congratulations, Colt has almost entered the 21st century.

        Meanwhile, Kimber and Sig Sauer (largest and 2nd largest manufacturer of 1911s in the US, respectively) both have models with similar features to these, and dozens of other combinations.

        Meanwhile, Colt still can’t figure out how to put novak sight cuts and front strap checkering on the Delta Elite. WTF?

    • CommonSense23

      Hmm, you have been releasing a lot of videos showing ARs trumping everything else. Colt starts advertising a new AR. Hmm. You guys are getting money from Colt aren’t you.

      • Not no but hell no. WE don’t get anything from any company for posting reviews positive or negative.
        I just got this press release yesterday and knew nothing about it before then.

        • CommonSense23

          That was sarcasm directed at Ian.

          • tts

            Can’t tell that in your post + lots of people really do accuse Ian and Karl of AR bias lately. Gotta slap some /s tags or something in there to let us know if you’re just being silly these days unfortunately.

          • Paul White

            I don’t think it’s bias, I just think it’s boring. There’s more to guns than *just* ARs. Or just bolt-guns. Or just poly 9s. Or just any one thing

            I’d like reviews of other, interesting products

          • Core

            They’re just butt hurt over the AK destruction test by IraqVet…

          • Hard to tell coming over the Internet—kinda loses something in translation:-)

      • Your handle does not reflect the content of your posts. Also, questions are ended with question marks.

    • Anonymoose

      They ditched the XSE models for basic 1991 models and expensive Special Combat Governments, so this is what we get to fill that gap.

  • Bullphrog855

    I know 1911 purist will hate this, but I wish colt or anyone would release a poly frame double stack 9mm striker fire 1911 that’s at least the same standard and price bracket as the Glocks, XDs, M&Ps, etc

    I love 1911s, but it’s cost is up there and the only thing really carrying it is its cool factor.

    • livingonenergydrinks

      I am 100% with you!

    • Justin Roney

      Exactly. What would actually get me interested in buying a 1911 would be “2011” features: threaded barrel, slide cutout for mounting red dot optics, bobtail frame with interchangeable grip panels for different checkering/stippling patterns, frame rails, and Glock/HK out of the box reliability. But a run of the mill 1911 is supposed to get them out of bankruptcy? Talk about ignoring consumer demand.

      • Kivaari

        Especially since Colt stopped making good guns decades ago. A new Colt M1911 restyle is still a new Colt. That means it’s just one more gun like a dozen other companies sell, but it will cost 2 or 3 times more than the others.

    • iksnilol

      Poly doublestack 1911s are already made by Bul.

      They’re even from Israel so all the patriots should like them.

    • Ben Loong

      If you want a striker-fired 1911 with a modular frame, there’s always the Detonics STX.

      …I wonder if Colt would be willing to collaborate?

      • R H

        Hopefully they’ll be willing to collaborate somewhere in between stopping and listening…
        But in all seriousness I wish they’d get into the striker fired game at sub $600

        • Kivaari

          Why? We have many fine striker fired 9mm pistols, and every thing Colt seems to touch gets worse as time goes by.

          • R H

            Because 1911’s and ARs can only get you so far. Because shooters are moving towards striker fired pistols with polymer frames. Because I’d like more than 8 rounds. Because it seems unlikely that they can bring back many of their iconic revolvers at a marketable price.

            I seem to remember quite a few people complaining when Smith & Wesson branched out into the polymer pistol market, but it seems that it worked ok for them.

          • Kivaari

            We’ve been using striker fired pistols for a long time. We used to see junk striker fired guns like Ravens, Jennings, Colt 2000s and some not so bad, but unsafe European guns from 115 years ago.
            Where some of the guns have gone works. Personally I don’t like the already compressed springs in XDs and similar. I am comfortable with systems like Glock. Colt has made so many poor choices in the last 60 years. We watched as Colt always over-priced the product. When the Trooper 3 and 5 came along they shot, but never did get any of the cop market back, simply because of frame sizing where Mk3s were too long of a reach to the trigger, Mk5s improved, but they put oversized stocks that kept the long reach. That limited police sales, as the cops had not shifted to auto-loaders yet, and S&W kept that part of the market. Pythons were made to be fired single action. Colt just never caught on why. Or if they did, they never incorporated features to correct it. Then we saw the new big frame Colts with very crude craftsmanship. A Colt Detective Special and litter mates were pretty good revolvers, until Colt decided to make them with a “war finish” 50 years after WW2. People stopped buying Colt’s revolvers since quality was in the toilet and the price was double the competition.
            When Colt bought the rights to the M2000, they simply did not research the market close enough. Putting the M2000 into the hands of shooters instantly showed them the gun will fail in the market place. Trying to make a Glock at Colt without obviously stealing patented features of Glocks failed. The first time I saw a photograph of the gun, I said it will flop. Then I put one into my hand and squeezed the trigger. That told a real story of Colt not having any common sense.
            Colt is slow to learn. I have only one Colt left, it’s an M4. M4s are hard to screw up. I stopped buying Colt’s of any kind nearly 25 years ago. It was painful to watch Colt commit suicide. Especially since the bleeding took so long. We all watched it happen. anyone in the gun business saw it up close. I would only buy used Colts or if a customer really had to have a new Colt, I’d get one for them. The last time I did that the Detective Special was new and already defective and without a warranty. It seems the warranty of one year starts the day it is made. I found out that particular Colt had been unsold for nearly 3 years on a distributors shelf. When I sent it back to Colt they wanted half the price of the gun when it was bought 2 months earlier. Colt is doomed. If they get saved from total collapse, they wont do anything to improve the product, they will just slap a new name on it because it will be new, and people will buy new, for a few months. Regardless of what might show up in a gun rag review.

          • R H

            So because a company had quality control and product development issues in the past, they should just give up completely? You’ve yet to contribute anything but doom and gloom. So what do you think they should do? Try to develop more iterations of the M4 and 1911, work towards a whole new rifle, jump into the suppressor market like Sig, or maybe import pistols and slap a Colt logo on the side (like Springfield)? I personally would like for the Colt name to stay around with some quality products.

          • Bullphrog855

            Colt is a pretty iconic name, I hope they pick it up someday as well.

          • Kivaari

            It would be great if Colt could make quality products having a good value to cost factor. Colt has ridden that name for over 150 years. In the last 30 years they simply slipped, losing focus on quality and demand.

          • Kivaari

            Yes, Colt had quality control and product development issued in the past. Colt is over 150 years old. They made some damn fine guns over that time frame. Unfortunately they made many mistakes and never adapted to the market. When a company made guns like the Python, old Troopers, and Single Action Army revolvers they were able to produce quality. But they never quite kept up with what the public and especially civilian police needed. As fine a revolver as the Python is (it’s a ribbed Trooper) it had issues that sent it into a lower use arena. That being, quick to go out of time, too long of a reach for DA shooting by most, stacking springs and over-priced.
            Colt tried to remedy those failures with the Trooper III and V. It did not work. I know I personally could not shoot a Trooper III as well as a S&W M19. Right before going to the academy in 1971 I bought a new Trooper III. A very accurate revolver. In single action I pretty much out shot everyone. With a M19 I was always shooting in the high 90%. At the end of that week I was not doing well, only shooting in the low to mid-80s. Once home I replaced the Colt with a M19/67/66. I was back into the high 90s. That showed how Colt built large revolvers ideal for single action standing in front of a bullseye target, one hand in a pocket, thumb cocking and slinging lead. Those shot well that way.
            Colt started dropping quality (not quality control) purposefully shoving product out the door that customers hesitated to buy, and eventually simply stopped buying.
            Decades ago I had suggested to S&W and Colt to get back to some of their roots. Make good guns. Make some like the Colt New Service (M1917) . Then since both companies failed to meet the European competition in regards to semi-auto pistols they lost the market they should have owned. I suggested to both companies in published comments that until they came up with viable pistols, they should join with European makers to dual label the guns. Like Browning did when they sold SIG pistols. Both Colt and S&W brought in designs that were market failures. Colts 2000 v. Sigma. It took S&W nearly 25 years to get beyond the M39/59 based pistols. S&W has made it with the M&P only it still is not as reliable as Glock. Colt has never gotten beyond 1911s and M2000. They need to do so while remaining at a competitive price. Always squeezing more money out of a customer for a gun having less value. Having “Colt’s Pat. FA” on the side of a pistol doesn’t carry much weight, when the gun it is on is a failure mechanically and in the market. I have one Colt, and M4. It is as good as a Bushmaster or S&W AR15. It does have penache’ with “Colt” on it. It could have Bushmaster or Windham and work as well.
            I never like to see gun companies fail. But they need to provide quality products at reasonable prices. Colt has slipped and are committing suicide by doing so.

          • Kivaari

            Colt can only be carried so far using its name. Colt is the company that ruined its own reputation by making and selling over priced guns. There was nothing stopping Colt from correcting the direction it was going. Selling guns that did not function, were very poorly assembled with crude finishes was their fault. With modern machining methods there really is no reason Colt could not make any gun they made in the past. If people buy crudely finished Ruger handguns that work they know they have a good value. Colt sold over-priced crudely finished handguns that did not work. Now tell me why other companies can make products that are better working and looking than Colts and sell for half the price. I’ve was in the business in one way of another for 50+ years. I watched Colt commit suicide. The first time a 1911 showed up with a plastic trigger and mainspring housing there was a collective gasp. It meant the already over-priced gun needed another $100 of parts to replace the OEM. The add the firing pin stop feature, and the gasp turned to a rumble. When a Python comes in and the fit of the yoke appears to be from another gun, and it is out of times NIB, the customers simply stopped buying Colt. Picking up an Anaconda .44 and finding the crude fitting and out of time cylinder makes people think. I can buy a working Ruger Redhawk and it will come with a warranty that I will likely never need.

    • Kivaari

      Look at the Colt M2000. It was not only a poorly designed pistol, they did not work.

    • Cymond

      “a poly frame double stack 9mm striker fire 1911”
      Say what point is a 1911 no longer a 1911?
      However, I have often wished someone would design a modern pistol that incorporates the 1911’s excellent trigger and thumb safety designs.

      • Bullphrog855

        I wouldn’t call this new gun a 1911, just following the 1911 form factor and what best way to describe that than just say 1911.

    • Tim U

      Also known as…. The XD.

    • John

      The thing is, Colt should make a poly-frame, double stack, striker-fired 1911 model just to gauge public opinion anyway. Sig’s new 320 looks like a plastic Sig without a hammer; ergo, a Sig Glock. Others are doing the same exact thing.

      Please Colt, by all means, make a Colt Glock. What do you actually have to lose at this point?

  • livingonenergydrinks

    Colt needs to make a new gun, and a new Design. Stop rebranding the same 1911 as 20 different guns. Changing the color of the grips DOES NOT warrant calling it a new model.

    • Zachary marrs

      colt doesn’t have the best record for designing new guns.

      • iksnilol

        What are you talking about? The All American was amazing!

  • The stirrup cut on the Commander slide’s dust cover is really off. I suspect that they did it to prevent slide cracking, but that is a bit excessive. I also suspect that blue will not be a popular color for the fiber optic rod on the Competition model. The dual recoil spring setup from the M45A1 is mostly likely just a throwback to original Delta Elite system from the late 1980s.

  • Bob

    Hmmmm… I’m an AK guy and I’ve been saying I’ll only get an AR if it is a Colt, but have been turned off by the $1,000+ price tag for a decent one. Perhaps if they are doing a good one for a few hundred less… I shall await reviews…

    • iksnilol

      Get a DPMS or Stag if you want a good AR for not too much. At least that’s their market here in Norway.

      • If you can find a Stag—

        • iksnilol

          Yeah, that’s got me worried. They were sorta one of the only sources for an AR in Norway. Together with DPMS ( I think) and HK.

          • Well as I’m sure you know the owner has to sell the company so I’m sure somebody out there will buy the company. Geez I hope they are gun guys whoever buys them!

    • Zachary marrs

      its not hard to find colt 6920’s under $900

      • mosinman

        my father snagged one at walmart for about 800 dollars

    • Sam

      Why only Colt? They are a stagnant company that overcharges for old, outdated product. Nothing about their rifles is special. It’s a mil-spec AR-15, but it’ll cost you $300 more simply because it has a pony engraved on the side of it.

      • Bob

        Because my name is actually Colt, so I do like the idea of buying something with my name on it. Not an especially compelling reason, thus my somewhat hesitant interest…

        • iksnilol

          Psst, get a stripped lower and engrave it with the Colt logo.

          Does the same only way cheaper.

  • Gregory

    So Colt will continue to manufacture turds and sell them as firearms. What will we get? Will we get AR 15’s with loose fitting uppers and lowers? Will we get 1911’s with cosmetic defects? Will we get them with all of their surfaces over polished? Will they malfunction when fired? YES!

    • Stan Darsh

      Colt already has that. They are made by a small firm in Texas and stamp with the “Colt Competition” moniker .

  • AR-15’s and 1911’s! Wow, Colt’s never done that before!

  • milesfortis

    On Colt’s website: “The Expanse™ can be upgraded with the addition of a forward assist and dust cover.”

    Non Chrome lined barrel, per the listed specs. (Of course) No rear BUIS either.
    I’d bet that the extra machine time to contour the barrel has been eliminated as well.

    So take away the cost of parts and labor needed and you have a less expensive riffle.

    • TechnoTriticale

      re: “The Expanse™ can be upgraded with the addition of a forward assist and dust cover.”

      That explains why they only show the left side. I assume the projection for the FA is still there, but plugged. There’s no mention of any magazine or cleaning kit, and based on what they’ve admitted to omitting, I wouldn’t assume you get those.

      I’m surprised the trigger group and charging handle aren’t options as well.

  • Edeco

    Rawr, mediocre!

    Credit where due though, the logo on the G-10 grips and the small horse logo are classy.

  • Stan Darsh

    So… it’s a S&W/Del-Ton/DPMS Sporter with a “Colt” roll mark.

  • Darhar M.

    Well Colt may have historical ties in the US that does not mean they get a pass for forgetting about me the civilian shooter. My money has gone to other companies that cater to the civilian market and I have no regrets not buying anything from Colt.

  • John

    I am not excite about new Colt firearms you can get Springfield 1911 Range Officer offer same thing as Colt new match pistol cheaper with same quality that Colt put in 1911 . You get Ruger SR1911 Commander offer same thing full load Colt commander now offers Novak sights beaver tail grip safety all other thing much more affordable price point. As for double recoil spring thing most shooters find be pain in ass with most handguns that use it. Offer strip down m4 in market full strip down m4 other company make well as Colt does these day hardly reason get excited about. In my option I have agree all other people that have said they where unimpressed what Colt firearms say offering as new firearms.

    • Gunsmoke Jim

      Did you ever go to school and participate in English class?

  • Blue Centurion

    Without reading all the replies, I hope they reconstitute their revolver line and give us new Diamondbacks and Pythons. As always thanks for the heads up!

  • Gregory

    So, is anyone here excited about these guns?

  • Sam

    The ONLY cool product Colt has released recently is the LE6920-OEM2 rifle. But it’s so damn expensive. I think more companies should get on that idea. People change out furniture right off the bat anyway, and I thought it was actually a really surprisingly innovative idea from Colt… but it should be $200 cheaper. At least.

  • Slovko

    Disappointing. I was really hoping Colt’s recent bankruptcy would result in some greater levels ingenuity, or would at least get them to reproduce highly desirable classics like the Python.

  • Series 80 I’m sure. They don’t say either way.

    • TechnoTriticale

      re: Series 80 I’m sure. They don’t say either way.

      Because Colt is now so in touch with the desires of the consumer market that they recently decided they want to serve, or is that pander to.☺

  • RickH

    Maybe I’m the only one out here, but I absolutely hate beavertail grip safety’s on a concealed carry gun. How about that as an option instead?

  • gunsandrockets

    What? No love for the .38 Super? Still nice to see the lightweight commander return in some form. Would also like to see 9mm Winchester magnum offered.

  • stu reder

    Can you say 10 mm? Colt’s Delta Elite just doesnt cut it these days.

    • Kivaari

      They never did. Good guns for people that don’t shoot.

      • mosinman

        why are they bad?

        • Kivaari

          The ones around me showed premature wear. It seems like those owned by friends were always in some state of failure. Like the Browning High Power in .40 S&W. We thought of them as being just about the perfect mix of size and power. By 500 rounds most had slides warped on battered frames. A failure to build the gun of the right materials and heat treat.

        • The slide tended to crack after a fairly low round count. If you got to 3500 rounds you were doing good.
          To be fair though the only ammo in 10mm was from Norma and it was well past SAAMI spec. Man that was a hot round! Later other ammo companies started making 10mm and things got better but the rep of the Delta Elite was damaged by then.

  • GDEP202

    Name the former big deal firearms manufacturer that missed out on the “motherlode of sales” that is the Obama years? Yep none other than Colt, same company that pioneered the 1911 and AR 15 and then let everyone else beat them at their own game.

  • Ambassador Vader

    I think colt is finally coming to the realization that they were the lowest bidder for gov’t contracts yet offered the civilian models at a premium, years ago when there were only a couple mfg’s making these models they could get away with that however now they have to compete with better quality at a lower price and they have been feeling this pinch for a while. Colt going bankrupt was probably the best thing that could happen for consumers, they either get a wake up call, change their model to survive, or they go under, allowing better businesses to fill the void. Hopefully armalite will wake up soon.

  • LazyReader

    A entry level piston AR…

  • Raguel A’septem


    • Realist

      To paraphrase…meh…

  • 2ThinkN_Do2

    Too bad they are not offering anything I don’t already have or want; looks like their bankruptcy might not save the brand from demise or merger.

  • RPK

    Colt is an iconic American firearms company. MANY G.I.’s owe their lives to the reliability of an M-16 rifle or 1911 pistol in DECADES of service. I trusted my life and that of my team to these proven platforms. The very fact they are still around serving our armed forces is a testament in itself. Bottom line: Haters gotta hate.

  • pdxing

    Frankly I would just like to have the option of buying any new 1911 with the option to upgrade the factory finish (like Royal Blue, Hard Chrome, or Bright Stainless). Currently you have to buy one in a crummy finish, then the added expense of sending it back so they can strip it down and re-polish it. It’s like buying a new car in dull black and having to return it to the factory to get metallic paint. Sure they put out a few “special editions” every few years through some distributor that eventually ends up on auction sites at exorbitant prices. Why not save the consumer gobs of money and the factory the extra workload and make the guns the way customers want them right from the start?

  • Stu Konefsky

    Really?! Anyone commenting actually have any Colts from the last few years? They have been seriously upping their game. They have tried to offer the XSE line based upon customer requests – and people still didn’t buy them…makes one wonder. If you want a cheaper firearm, then go somewhere else. I personally don’t care for “Plastic” pistols. Seriously, any company worth their salt will try to find the magic number – but if people tell them what they want – and then it is offered – they better step up to buy them! Colt truly can’t make everything for everyone. (Can you say Custom Shop?) Everyone has an opinion on what features they want to see – if you don’t like the features – you can customize, or you don’t have to buy it. Last year they reproduced the Gold Cup Series 70 with some updates and it is a “one hole” puncher right out of the box, as is the CSG, CCG, Wiley Clapp models, and the M45A1 is top notch. I have personally seen these latest offerings, and have purchased many over the last few years and to say they are been some of the best pistols I have is an understatement. The new Competition pistol is a stunner – can’t wait to take mine out for a spin! And the customer service department is outstanding. All manufacturers have problems from time to time – so get off that soap box. How they handle issues is just as important. And with the new Colts, you are now getting more than you pay for.

    FWIW – there is a reason that many if not most custom houses like the Colt 1911 to start with. (And no – I am NOT employed by Colt!)

  • dltaylor51

    If its not a Colt you’re short changing yourself.I’ve never had a Colt that i was dissatisfied with.

  • Lee

    Wow, they still haven’t figured it out. Like ol Hillary, another rebranding of the same crap….
    That pony stamp on the side won’t sell guns like it used too.

    Colt! Pay attention!
    If your going to try to sell in you old nostalgia market based on your trade mark… Sell what people want… IE bring back the snake revolvers (particularly the one shown in that zombie TV show) because people buy crap like that….

    If you want to expand your market, analyze that market and see whats hot. Like 3-gun… Make race ready guns that aren’t 10 years behind the times, not that crap you came out with in your competition line year before last…

    Don’t bother trying to sell an entry level AR. Walmart isn’t selling your product anymore as of last year…

    Fire your marketing folks… Give some of the guys from USPSA, IDPA, Recoil Magazine, 3 Gun Nation a call, and ask them what folks are buying… Turn the brand around, its already on its last leg.

  • 1leggeddog

    Wait… aren’t they going bankrupt?


  • Tai Lopez

    Colt ditched the civilian market. Now they crawling back, on their knees.

  • Some random guy

    The article quoted Colt as saying that they are introducing 3 new innovative guns for 2016. Actually Colt, I think this is the complete opposite of being innovative. You are coming our with a new model of a gun, the 1911, that has been around for over 100 years and a new version of the AR15 which came out in 1963 as the M16. That is not innovative at all. How about Colt designs a NEW gun, a MODERN gun. I love the AR15 and the 1911, I own both, but a new model of them is not being innovative. Colt went bankrupt because they have ignored the civilian market for so long. They lost their military contract and have very little to offer the civilian market so they went bankrupt.