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Friday, August 30, 2013

Dear Colt Manufacturing.

There is one thing I will not do to a 1911. It is replacing the ejector. I am a competent armorer but I am no gunsmith. 

So today I get a package from here:










The famous Blue Dome. A storied company and a rich heritage that is interwoven into the making of this country. 

Guess what. Inside was this:










A generic (to most) Combat Commander. Made back during the infamous UAW strike in the mid 80's. To me it is priceless for where it has been and was always there.  I don't trust "gunsmiths" around here and if it was not such a storied handgun I would have attempted the repair.

So here is my problem. As Larry Correia states on his blog about H&K customer service: "Because you suck. And we hate you". This seems to be the mantra at Colt now. They had the 1911 since 5/29. They sent a letter via USPS on 7/1 for cost of repair. How quaint. Hey CMC! Ever heard about Email?!? 

Payment for repair was made the next day. Now finally the pistol is back. Colt, S&W just put out a recall on one of it's top selling Pistols last week. They state if you send it back it will be returned in five to seven days. I paid for the shipping back to you. Insured and all of that it came to 100 bucks and some change. 

Really Colt! I love your products but as I peruse the shelf's of oh, house of geese and anywhere else, I fear you have given up on the consumer market.

A profound statement from my friend after he did this


So, when the old dudes die will anyone remember Colt? 

I have to say that is an excellent question.  

Colt, I cannot pay 600 bucks for a .380 Mustang you made in the 80's. I can get a Ruger LCP for 250 less. Either get out of the consumer market or go away.The current state of Colt saddens me.

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like Colt is catering to rich collectors now, much as the makers of the Winchester are doing.

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    1. Indeed Bob. Astute observation BTW!

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  2. Yep, sad state of affairs, and I think that might be one reason for the old Colts bringing so much money. THEY were quality pieces.

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    1. That truly sucked wind. I expected better from them.

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  4. Yes and the ser. 80 SUCKS and cannot be made to NOT SUCK . I gave up on Colt when they put plastic parts in the 1991a1. For 600$ less I got a Taurus that's just as good (RIA is just as good now).

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    1. I normally don't reply to Anonymous comments, but I will say this. You can remove the parts that make a series 80 and turn it into a series 70 functionally.

      Gee, the Marine 1911 model 45 has no plastic parts in it!

      Like the Taurus? Cool! Have fun with it!

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