BREAKING: Remington M4 Lawsuit DISMISSED by Judge at Remington’s Request

Remington’s lawsuit against Colt Defense, LLC, Fabrique Nationale Herstal USA, and the federal government has been dismissed by Senior Judge Nancy B. Firestone of the US Court of Federal Claims. The sealed lawsuit, which contested the award of a mega-million dollar contract to the two defendant companies, was filed on November 24th, of 2015. Although no judgment has been published yet, you can read the Order of Dismissal here.

Fabrique Nationale and Colt Defense, LLC, received a joint firm-fixed-price multi-year contract in late September for M4A1 Carbines, worth $212 million with an estimated completion date of September 24, 2020. Remington Arms, wracked by the failure and subsequent recall of the new model Remington 51 handgun, the Remington 887 recall, the Remington 700 scandal (resulting in the modification of potentially millions of Model 700 rifles, but which Remington insists was not a recall), the Daniel Defense lawsuit, and Remington parent company Cerberus’ attempts to find a buyer for the company, have resulted in the company receiving a downgraded rating from Moody Investor Services.

Colt Defense’s prices on M4 Carbines have been reduced dramatically in the past decade. In the early 2000s, the company set a unit price for the rifles of over $1,100 per; today their price is only slightly above $600 per rifle. This decrease was driven by the elimination of Colt as a single-source producer, and by the company’s financial troubles.

Thanks to Daniel for the tip!

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Joshua

    Good, no one wants a Remington M4A1.

  • Riot

    Nothing is going Remington’s way is it.

  • Wesley Raney

    Am I remembering this wrong didn’t Remington originally win the contract ?

    • Remington previously won a contract in 2012 (W56HZV-12-D-0056). However, Colt immediately filed a GAO protest over the contract’s award to Remington. After the GAO upheld Colt’s protest, the Army requested new bids, resulting in FN’s award (W56HZV-13-D-0030).

      Here is Colt’s protest against the award to Remington:

      And here is Colt’s followup GAO protest that failed, opening the door for the award to FN:

  • Comrade Misfit

    It wasn’t dismissed by the judge. Remington filed a motion to dismiss with prejudice. The Judge granted the motion.

    Typically, that means that the parties settled the matter and they are keeping it quiet.

    • stephenfshaw

      Agreed – the article misrepresents the result. This is a voluntary dismissal, a walk-away – nothing more. The title should read “Rem. and Colt/FN settle contract suit on undisclosed terms..”

      • Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Seems to be a lot of that in the headers here

        • I’m supposed to be told about breaking news post so I can proof and edit them. This time it didn’t happen but I have modified the title to better reflect what took place.
          Yes Remington requested the suit be dismissed. I doubt we’ll ever know the terms of the settlement but it would seem Remington came out on top.

    • Ranger Rick

      Good read Comrade, not the first time TFB’ scribes jump to conclusions.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Let’s repeal the NFA so we can add more buyers and make them even cheaper!

    Have you written your letters yet?

  • Guest

    The decrease in colt rifle price had nothing to do with their financial troubles That’s speculation on your part. Colt has had no problems selling product

    • Twilight sparkle

      I’ve noticed a lack of Colt sells at my store, people here almost always would rather pay $700 for a ruger ar556 than $950 for a 6920 and Colt keeps losing military bids so I doubt they’re doing very well there.

      • John

        To be fair, that $250 price difference means buying a few magazines, boxes of ammo, and perhaps some other accessories for the Ruger. It means more sales for the store, and it means actually making the rifle ready for the buyer. If Colt was able to bring their price down to that level, they’d be selling more guns quicker.

        …of course, if Colt branched out into bolt-action rifles and shotguns, or started research on new revolvers and pistols, their fortunes would also change for the better…

        • Twilight sparkle

          Yeah no… Those people think the magazines the gun comes with is enough and they usually only buy one or two boxes of ammo

          Calf did try a bolt action rifle a few years ago, it cost over $3000 and now we have the ruger precision which is pretty similar that’s just over $1000 and the ruger can’t stay on shelves long enough for people to see it. I’ll include pics so you can see the similarities

          And colt semi auto handguns have been pretty bad since the 1911, I mean the all American 2000 wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever felt but it was still pretty bad

          Colt just doesn’t seem like they’re going to be selling much soon, don’t get me wrong, the le6920 is a good gun and it’s at a goodish value point and I wouldn’t want it to go anywhere, but colt needs to focus more on entry level priced guns if they want to make any money.

        • Bob

          bringing back the Python would help them.

        • AirborneSoldier

          You dont need to convince him, he was reporting his observations. Same as mine.

        • nick. v.

          Hell….if colt would just PRODUCE their revolvers they would be in a much much much happier place

      • Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        The last Colts AR I bought was on special “get this out of my store” price.

        • Twilight sparkle

          you can run into stuff like that every now and then, I didn’t even want a colt when I got mine, the price was just too good and I figured the name would help it resale if I ever wanted to.

    • AirborneSoldier

      Funny. They sit l9ng periods without selling until they drop the price

    • Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Colt was a sole source and made great money. But quality and innovation have not been important to them while they had these high dollar military contracts. As I recall, they had a retired General running the things and his actions seemed to indicate his disdained for civilian ownership of firearms.

    • nick. v.

      Really? Someone should have told colt that before they had to file bankruptcy last year because nobody in the civilian market bought their guns…

  • Jon Goodwin

    What a misleading title. Can the writer not read plain English? Looks like Nathaniel is stooping to Katie Couric tactics.

  • It has been corrected—-

    • Comrade Misfit

      Thank you!

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Hmmm they told me that my 700 was RECALLED for a faulty trigger. So I had to send it off to be repaired even though I am a gunsmith… And then they shipped it back with a damaged stock (It had never been fired) So they honorably sent a replacement stock (factory second).

    Not really happy with my Remington experience. HOWEVER my 1974 Remington 1100 has operated flawlessly for 40 years.