Skip to comments.Colt's Grip on Military Rifle Market Called Bad Deal
Posted on 04/20/2008 1:10:11 PM PDT by kellynla
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At 1500 somalians, is the M4 the “best bang for the buck?”
Keep Congress out of it.
kinda nice to keep the business and money in the US, ask american companies to develop a new model. HK416 is pretty cool and HK certainly has its paid lobbyists in the US Congress.
If it is only about money, I’m sure China makes some inexpensive arms.
So what’s Coburn got in mind? Norinco? Kalashnikov?
This pretty much seems like a hit piece on Colt. If there are problems with the gun, by all means fix it or put out another bid for design and price and replace the thing.
Keep production in the United States.
Someone is always belching about a corporation making money of the U.S. Government and wars. That’s the way it works. If you put out a good product, you should get fair return. A healthy company makes for a good source when quality merchandise is required.
Since when is it a business concern to give product away, just because the purchaser is the federal government.
‘Since when is it a business concern to give product away, just because the purchaser is the federal government.”
man you’ve apparently never dealt with a contracting officer for the federal government. those folks are TIGHT
Defense firms are obligated to put out products that perform perfectly (in spite of the governments inability to define the requirements) and guaranty the taxpayers they are making no profit on the contract.
Probably so. I haven’t. Thanks.
Sorta seems like it.
I almost stopped reading right there. Maybe there's something in it, and maybe there isn't. But I don't trust AP, and I don't much trust congresscritters either, until I know who's paying them off.
The weapons jam in the sand? Well, weapons tend to do that. But is it a design flaw, or just a necessary consequence of using any weapons in a country with frequent sand storms?
I was just agreeing with you in an off hand confused sort of way. its pretty amazing how complicated the procurement process is. the sheer amount of bureaucracy is mind boggling.
I agree. Colt could easily buy H&K’s piston system patent and introduce them in their weapons...better yet...someone in America should introduce something similar.
Theres an en episode of future weapons where the host demonstrates the HK416 at the companies range. They stuff it in a box of sand and then take it out, shake it off and shoot it full auto for about 30 rds. Then they stick it in a tub of water and do the same.
Looks cool, but I have no idea if its really that great. Regardless I don’t like the idea of depending on a foreign company for our main battle rifle.
It would be interesting to see how many of the Army Logistics Command employees end up on the Colt payroll after retirement.
"William Keys, Colt's chief executive officer, says the M4 gets impressive reviews from the battlefield.
Which is it. someone is not being truthful
Colt is overpriced. So is HK and FN