BREAKING: Colt to Stop Making AR-15 Rifles for the Civilian Market

Did the Colt guns fall prey to the “Beto Effect?”

2020 candidate Beto O’Rourke recently made waves when he warned “Hell Yes, we’re going to take your AR-15’s” during the last Democrat debate.

Beto later added via a tweet:

The inventor of the AR-15 was “focused on making the most efficient and superior rifle possible for the military,” his family says. They say he would agree weapons of war like AR-15s have no place in our communities.

Kamala Harris voiced her support for the mandatory assault weapon buyback idea during an appearance on the tonight show Monday. reports Connecticut-based Colt Firearms last week reportedly signaled they are exiting the consumer rifle market in coming days.

The company, originally founded in 1855 by inventor Samuel Colt to make handguns, will stop making rifles for retail sales channels. The news came from The Truth About Guns who confirmed it with Paul Spitale, senior VP of Colt’s commercial business line and was verified by Shooting Illustrated.

“We’re going to focus on the products that our consumers are asking for. We’ve expanded our 1911s and our revolver line, and that market has been very positive for us,” Spitale said. Shooting Illustrated reported that Colt’s rifle line production is occupied, at least for the time being, with outstanding contracts which include orders through police and defense channels.

According to records from the ATF for 2017, the most current available, Colt produced some 31,987 pistols and 7,342 revolvers at their West Hartford, Connecticut factory that year. This compares with 13,942 rifles, of which 2,097 were exported. Since 2017, the company has been aggressively expanding its long-dormant revolver line, introducing several Cobra and King Cobra wheel guns, to an eager audience.

Historically, Colt has been perhaps best known for handguns, but rifles have never been absent from their catalog for long. At the same time, their famous black powder revolvers were making the company a household name, Colt was also producing Ring Lever and Revolving carbines and muskets.

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