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Old 12-17-2020, 01:39 PM   #1
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What should Colt make next?

Colt's catalog is getting thicker and thicker; especially when you look at their "custom shop".

For regular production guns, I can think of two that seem like no-brainer's to me since they're already most of the way there. A blued Python, and a .22 Diamondback.

For the custom shop...
One "retro" 1911 Colt has never done are the pre-War Super Match guns...That would be a cool retro to make.
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Old 12-17-2020, 05:17 PM   #2
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There are always rumors.

One is a new Anaconda.

Pythons with a blue or at least blackened type finish are likely, and so are various barrel lengths, if not from Colt as standard production, at least to be limited editions for big distributors.

I'd think a .22 Diamondback variation would be a relatively easy job since they already make a Diamondback-like gun in the .357 New King Cobra.
It's built on the same size cylinder and frame as the old Diamondback so conversion to a .22 would not be like a totally new design.

Right now Colt is making as many new 2020 Pythons as they can and are not able to even come near meeting the demand.
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The only problem with Colt's revolvers are...They don't make nearly enough of them.
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Old 12-18-2020, 10:25 AM   #4
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Colt is essentially making a Diamondback now. It's called the King Cobra Target and it's in .357 instead of .38. All they need to do is chamber it in .22LR. Would they then call the .22 chambering a Diamondback?

I already have a couple .22 Diamondbacks so probably wouldn't be in the market for another one, especially at $1000+, but a stainless one with the new improved action would be sweet.
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Colt Diamondback in 9 shot .22 WMR! Add a .22 LR/L/S/CB/BB interchangeable cylinder.

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A new Anaconda and a blued Python are becoming less a rumor.
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Just to make Kevin drool, and to see if I can make the image upload thing work, here's my two .22 Diamondbacks:
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Just to make Kevin drool, and to see if I can make the image upload thing work, here's my two .22 Diamondbacks:
You have all the cool guns!!!

I'd like a 4" nickel Diamondback to go along with my Python.
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A repro Service Model Ace, the .22 1911 with the free-float chamber used as a trainer in WW2.
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The free float chamber is a PITA to clean. How about something with a fixed barrel and lighter, possibly fractional, slide? Or maybe the 1911 silhoutte with a bolt running inside the "slide".
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The free float chamber is a PITA to clean. How about something with a fixed barrel and lighter, possibly fractional, slide? Or maybe the 1911 silhoutte with a bolt running inside the "slide".
We already have several 1911 .22 conversions with fixed barrels and lightened slides, from Ciener to Marvel.

I rather enjoy the full weight slide and added recoil of the Colt unit. The floating chamber is one more thing to clean, but it's not THAT bad, especially if you don't let it go too long. I'm a fan.
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The one from Ciener is a marvel. Barrel, slide, recoil spring, .22 mag that firs the .45 frame. Gave mine to my youngest son who also has 2 colt 1911s I gave him.
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Maybe CZ will force Colt into cranio-rectal extraction.
https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/...t-acquisition/
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CZ buys Colt? Is there anything left but a name?

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The US Army has stated several times that the M16/M4 series will be phased out starting next year. They have stated they fully intend to adopt one of the new 6.8mm rifles in current competition; they just haven't decided which one. So Colt won't be a critical military supplier for more than about 3-5 more years at best. Marines have already changed to H&K.
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OMG! The army is actually adopting a new rifle!! Whoodathunkit?
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Old 01-14-2021, 11:21 AM   #17
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OMG! The army is actually adopting a new rifle!! Whoodathunkit?
They have threatened as much many times since the M16, this time I think they're really going to do it. That's because this is the first time weapons have been presented that ACTUALLY offer real advantages over the M16 series. A 15-30% weight drop in ammunition can't be ignored; that's significant.
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If Colt loses the Army's M-16/M-4 stuff, whoo. Shades of a different time. They do contracts for other governments, but I am guessing those governments might look at what the U.S. is doing. Also, any new build AR type rifles would be competing with surplus rifles being rotated into storage that might be sold or provided to friendly governments.

CZ and Colt would offer some things to each other. Interesting.
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We already have several 1911 .22 conversions with fixed barrels and lightened slides, from Ciener to Marvel.

I rather enjoy the full weight slide and added recoil of the Colt unit. The floating chamber is one more thing to clean, but it's not THAT bad, especially if you don't let it go too long. I'm a fan.
Bingo, the entire point of the Colt .22 in WWII was something that handled just like fullpower for training but at a fraction the ammo cost.
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