Addressing the layoffs at Colt.

I need everyone to calm down and take a breath. Please do me a favor and do not buy into the blogs that are running articles full of false speculation and reality TV like drama. As a matter of fact I am a bit disgusted at them, and you know who you are, trying to invent turmoil just for blog hits.

Yes, I know Colt laid off a couple of people and I was aware of this a week ago. The reason I did not address it as it really is not the mountain the blogs are trying to make out of this molehill. I am friends with some of the people that were laid off and I truly hate that for them and Colt BUT this is not the apocalypse people would have you believe. It is no secret the gun industry is slow. Now that Trump has been elected people are not so fearful of  losing their gun rights and are not panic buying, as a matter of fact people are not buying guns at the rate they have been for some eight years.

Companies had to drastically ramp up staff  to keep up with the demand, and now that demand has gone and left a vacuum in it’s place. I am assuming you all don’t go in full panic mode when people hired for the Christmas season at your favorite store are let go after the first of the year. This is the same principal. There are a number of other manufactures, such as Remington, that have also laid off employees for the exact same reason and yet none of those other blogs have addressed that. Have the gun blogs turned to fake news as well as an attempt to keep readership up in slow times? If so, just do a damn gun review or something and quite trying to undermine the industry. We are all in this together so if you want to help go out and buy a gun or at the very least stop spreading rumors and inflated speculation. All that does is hurt the industry we are supposed to be defending. I am reminded of a quote from Benjamin Franklin when he signed The Declaration of Independence, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” So shame on those who would attempt to dramatize this for traffic.

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6 Responses to Addressing the layoffs at Colt.

  1. Kiwacka March 3, 2017 at 11:01 am #

    Thanks for the update Hunter. Other had made it sound like they were on the brink of the end.

  2. David Powers March 3, 2017 at 11:41 am #

    Celebrate the fact Hillary wasn’t elected by purchasing an American-made firearm.

  3. Richard March 3, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    Reality beats hysteria

  4. Bill March 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

    Letting go of the custom shop mgr Brent is not just like extras hired for Christmas being let go in January. I have no doubt Colts in a mess I just hope they can escape the Union grips and get back to making money.

    I love my custom Colts but something has been brewing for years from the sounds of things.

  5. Aaron March 3, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

    Hunter – Finally some common sense and good reporting on the topic of sales across the gun industry. For some odd reason, Colt does seem to have a target on its back for fake news and cheap shot tabloids.

    Everyone knew there would be an adjustment period for almost all major firearms makers after the election. The golden ride of record high sales over the past 8 years was not going to last forever.

    Hopefully with Colt coming out with some great updates to their 1911’s and bringing back the snake guns (DA Revolvers), this will be a way to bring back the slower sales.

  6. Walt Kuleck March 3, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    It wouldn’t be the first time that Colt hit a trough. I’ve lost count of the number of times Colt has been through bankruptcy, but they always seem to come out the other side. This time they have some products that meet market needs and preferences. For those concerned about Colt’s future: Stop by your LGS and buy one or two!

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