Colt to Stop Production of MSRs for Consumer Market

Dennis Veilleux, Colt president and CEO, explains Colt will exit the consumer MSR market to focus on military and law enforcement contracts, as well as expanding its lineup of 1911s and revolvers.

Colt to Stop Production of MSRs for Consumer Market

Colt is exiting the consumer market for modern sporting rifles, the company confirmed on its site with a letter from CEO and president Dennis Veilleux.

The letter from Veilleux, published to the Colt News section on, describes Colt's focus moving forward will be on its significant military and law enforcement contracts. Veilleux dispells reports questioning Colt's commitment to the Second Amendment. He said the move is due to a saturated market and financial outlook, among other things including plans to grow its network of dealers and expand existing lines of 1911s and revolvers.

Read the letter in its entirety below.

Company Response to Questions about Colt Participation in Consumer Markets

There have been numerous articles recently published about Colt’s participation in the commercial rifle market. Some of these articles have incorrectly stated or implied that Colt is not committed to the consumer market. We want to assure you that Colt is committed to the Second Amendment, highly values its customers and continues to manufacture the world’s finest quality firearms for the consumer market. 

The fact of the matter is that over the last few years, the market for modern sporting rifles has experienced significant excess manufacturing capacity. Given this level of manufacturing capacity, we believe there is adequate supply for modern sporting rifles for the foreseeable future.  

On the other hand, our warfighters and law enforcement personnel continue to demand Colt rifles and we are fortunate enough to have been awarded significant military and law enforcement contracts. Currently, these high-volume contracts are absorbing all of Colt’s manufacturing capacity for rifles. Colt’s commitment to the consumer markets, however, is unwavering. We continue to expand our network of dealers across the country and to supply them with expanding lines of the finest quality 1911s and revolvers.

At the end of the day, we believe it is good sense to follow consumer demand and to adjust as market dynamics change. Colt has been a stout supporter of the Second Amendment for over 180 years, remains so, and will continue to provide its customers with the finest quality firearms in the world.  

Very respectfully,

Dennis Veilleux, President and Chief Executive Officer


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