Too Busy To Write, Here’s Sumdood’s Video (Ian on Colt)

Here’s Ian of Forgotten Weapons with a capsule history of Colt, currently holding down the title of the Most Mismanaged Company in the Gun Racket. Seemed timely, with Colt having purged the Custom Shop lately, in an overall downturn in the industry that has seen Remington lay off a couple of hundred employees, mostly factory workers in Ilion, New York, but also including a senior executive bloodletting. Can more drama for Colt be right around the corner?

Some day, B-School students will study the machinations of the last few rounds of Colt owners… if the guys studying them aren’t law students doing a block on white-collar crime.

But through all that, the company has made some fantastic guns. As the current owners seem intent on demonstrating, there’s a lot of ruin in a great marque.

You can find Ian’s videos on YouTube, but the quality of the videos is better, and the advertisers pay him better, on You do want him to get paid, right? Any time there’s nothing happening here, go to Full30 and watch some of his videos. He needs the money!

20 thoughts on “Too Busy To Write, Here’s Sumdood’s Video (Ian on Colt)

  1. John M.

    For all that Colt management seats have been filled with dolts, they haven’t fouled up their products. A Colt 1911 or AR-15 is still a fine piece of hardware. They have no wünderplastiken pistols–or anyway the one they did have, they had the decency to pull it off the market before it did too much damage to the brand–but the products they do make are made well.

    For that reason, I award Remington and its Freedom Group brethren the title of most mismanaged company in the gun racket. Get people slightly less retarded into the management seats and they could probably make a going concern out of the thing. And shoot, even if they run the thing out of cash, the brand name is still worth something because the products Colt has produced have always done what they said they would. I think the guy in charge of Remington is trying to take steps to turn their quality problems around, but he’s in a heck of a lot bigger hole than Colt is. I’m personally at a point where I won’t buy anything with Remington’s name on it, full stop.

    -John M.

  2. Jacobs

    What the heck John? You’re not impressed with the combination 1950’s space blaster/squirt gun aesthetics of the R51?

    1. Hognose Post author

      It actually looks better than most modern guns, until you compare it to the original John Pedersen design, and “Who TF went blind in Remington management in the last 80 years?”

    2. John M.

      Actually I kinda like the looks of the R51. I don’t like the disaster the first rollout was, and the second rollout has had more issues than it should have.

      But go down the list: the R51, Marlin, Remington: everything Freedom Group has touched has turned to feces. Somebody picked Bob Nardelli, to be CEO?

      Don’t forget to plug in your iPhone soon.

      -John M.


        Brent got laid off, he was head of the CS and some other people were let go , but it wasnt because they wanted to close down the custom shop, It was other reasons that have nothing to do with the custom shop ‘s business.
        Customer service was handled through the custom shop and it had slowed to a crawl and was not doing well
        the firings and re org of personnel over the custom shop has cleaned it up and got it under a new management to streamline and improve customer service work and get the custom shop moving with some alacrity again.

        Custom shop is still working as it always has and now is going to handle repairs and stuff customer service related.

        No offense to a lot of industry wags, but they are honestly just acting like the huffington post over this cause they either are not interested in anything other than a narrative colt is failing or they are just ignorant, I suspect a little of both

        Take my word for it

        Colt is even currently about to re-launch in a major way. I got an email yesterday about it and a few details I am not sure I can share or not all emails from colt have a sort of automatic NDA agreement attached.


          I forgot to add that while Brent ( an excellent fellow BTW)did get let go, another capable fellow has already taken his spot and started to get the custom shop on track for customer service and speedier with custom work, I intended to say that above but got distracted

  3. Tom Stone

    Here are some gratuitous pictures for my fellow adrenaline junkies. It’s not a hopped up Prius, although it is about the same size, it’s a faithful reproduction of the first Titanium Race car and it will hopefully be ready to run at Willow Springs next Tuesday.

  4. 68Whiskey

    I really, really like my Colt 901 (purchased after reading the stellar in-depth review of that loose rounds fella above), and I feel like it’s both a quality and innovative product.

    Some companies are great on the first but fall flat on the latter (a lot), and some companies come up with cool ideas and completely blow the execution phase (Kel Tec comes to mind, but there are plenty of others). I really wish Colt would try harder to innovate while maintaining their reputation as purveyors of reasonably high-quality products, but unfortunately it seems as though the 901 is/was the last gasp of an organization that couldn’t come to grips with the competition of the 21st century. Kind of tragic, really.


      Im glad you enjoyed the review
      Colt has things and plans about future products that errornet wags have no idea about yet continue to repeat that opinion. It gets repeated so much people just believe it. That’s the risk of not paying for full page adverts and give-a-ways on the web’s biggest gun forums every month. The industry”reporters” have to have something to get clickbait with, why not colt since everyone else has essentially paid them off frankly
      . Then again if everytime BCM comes out with a new FF rail with keymode on it I’m supposed to be blown away then maybe they are right? But sadly it doesn’t impress me. I dont confuse cool marketing for the new fad of the month part(s) with firearms training rockstars,as innovation.

      The Pmag was innovation. a USGI mag made with a keymod slot on it is not innovation to me.
      a AR15 maker putting a CHF barrel on a gun is not innovation to me, CHF has been around for ever and used to be well known as the cheapest way to make a barrel, not some super process

      I dont see anything really innovative coming from anywhere . not anything I would really call real innovation. like 3D printing of guns.
      Selling product is what keeps a company in business. and colt sells everything they make. all of those other supposed 21st century innovators are likely not to even be around this time next year.
      new doesnt always equal innovation or massive profits.

      1. John M.

        “I dont see anything really innovative coming from anywhere . not anything I would really call real innovation.”

        Maybe I’m grading on a curve, but I think some manufacturers are doing interesting stuff. The LCR is a pretty interesting 21st century take on an old gun design. The Ruger Precision Rifle was a home run from what I can see. Taurus, for all their stupidity in manufacturing guns does interesting stuff on the design side, like the Curve. And optics of various kinds have come a long way in the last 20 years.

        But with all that said, I agree with your basic point: More. Innovation. Please. Introducing an AR-15 clone and acting like it’s something revolutionary wouldn’t have cut it in 1995, never mind in 2016/2017.

        I sort of wonder if the Trump presidency might not lead to a little more innovation. When everyone buys every AR that you make for much, much more than you paid to make it, why bother paying engineers to come up with something different to see? But all of a sudden when the marketplace gets competitive, maybe it’ll be worthwhile to pay some engineers to come out with some interesting stuff.

        -John M.

  5. Daniel E. Watters

    FWIW: Back in 2015, I did an overview of Colt’s history from the end of WW1 to the present in an episode of Gun Guy Radio. Nathaniel F. of TFB also joined in for a discussion of missed opportunities and stillborn products.

    Even if you don’t want to listen to us chat for an hour and a half, you might find the show notes interesting. Whenever I do shows with Handgun Radio or GGR, I always throw in plenty of informational links, including patents.

    1. John M.

      I have heard you a couple of times on Handgun Radio and enjoyed your contributions.

      -John M.

  6. cm smith

    I was going to submit this, but then I thought I’d better check Daniel Watters’ links. Doh! He makes me feel like a 12 yr old typing in mom’s basement.
    OK, then how about What Went Wrong in Hartford by Bob Lockett in the July/August American Handgunner? =====================================================================================WILL COLT COME BACK?
    The year? 1 9 5 6 May, 1956

  7. Steve M.

    Admittedly, I like Colt. It might be the horse or the history. I’m not sure. I hope to see them do well.

    Colt may go down as the most mismanaged surviving gun manufacturer, but greater mismanagement killed Winchester and it may still kill Remington. I’m with John M. when it comes to the profound disappointment with Remington’s management. However, I may still purchase a new Remington, but I will need to go over the gun very, very carefully.

    Looserounds, thanks for the numerous updates on the rumblings, grumblings, and goings on at Colt.

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