An M4 takes 3.5 hours to manufacture

    A journalist from the Malaysian newspaper Malay Mail was shown around the Colt’s West Hartford factory

    New machines were still being installed at the 26,687-square metre plant as The Malay Mail was shown around by Colt Defence executive vicepresident James R. Battaglini.

    It takes 3 1/2 hours to complete a single M4 and the plant can churn out 900 a day with options for more when required.

    The finished product then go below the plant for the test-firing process to ensure it performed to specifications.

    Colt boasts a record of every gun made so that if it does not perform well, the company can determine if it is made to specs.

    You may be thinking what a Malaysian newspaper is doing in West Hartford, Connecticut? Back in 2007 Malaysia announced plans** to switch away from the Steyr AUG and adopt the M4.

    The Malay Mail also has a photo of some rare Colt pistols. Daniel Watters told me …

    there is one interesting picture showing a couple of rare Colt prototype pistols. These include the SSP and their submission for SOCOM’s OHWS competition. I don’t have a definitive name for the pistol above the OHWS, but I believe it was going to used as the platform for their “Smart Pistol”. It certainly doesn’t match any AA2000 variant that I remember.

    [ Many thanks to Daniel E. Watters for sending me the link. ]

    Steve Johnson

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