You would think a gun manufacturer would know better than to sleep with government. I guess nobody shared that lesson with Colt’s management. •
Colt does have a history of being tone-deaf to the civilian market. When you have signs everywhere that your product is very well sought after but refuse to heed to the obvious, you deserve to get hurt.
Colt Python? You will have waves of people holding bundles of cash ready to pay premium for a new batch of those babies. Colt Delta Elite is the official unicorn of the Gun Culture and be ready to pay lots of cash and at least a kidney for one. The M4 series is the yardstick to which other manufacturers are measured for mil-spec and quality. Just imagine Colt bringing back the Peacemaker even for a short run with all the Cowboy Action Shooting going on, they would have people lining up & camping in Hartford just to get the chance to buy one.
Not to cater to civilians is possibly the stupidest thing a gun manufacturer can do in the US. If an Austrian plastic widget-maker with zero experience in firearms not only made it in the US but revolutionized the Gun World, Colt has no excuse for going under but its own corporate stupidity.
Hat Tip to Grant Cunningham