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    Damn that is wacko- Standard now seems like a smoking good deal...

    Makes my eyes water with sadness that the Colt company that I loved in my youth is making such mega bad biz. mistakes

    And makes me glad that I have a Colt SAA from days of yore, that I can shoot.

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    The obvious reason that the lead time went from 2 years to 90 days is that they expect to get next to zero orders at $3450 so the "Master Gunsmith" will have plenty of time on his hands.
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    They don't seem to care about fake boxes. I wonder if it Standard Manufacturing could stamp "Colt" on theirs? Didn't an Italian company have replica Colt stampings on one of their SAAs? How'd they get to do that?
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    I don't believe Colt's prices have anythign to do with politics. It is just greed. Greed that the Colt management has. When Standard, USFA and Uberti can all MASS produce an equal or better firearm for less than half the asking price of a "custom shop" gun I simply don't believe the cost is warranted.

    Only time will tell if they pull this BS off.

    CHAPIN, S.C. (AP) — Ellett Bros., a South Carolina gun and sporting goods distributor is filing for bankruptcy amid allegations of mishandled funds borrowed by its majority owner. Lending company Prospect Capital Corporation is suing the distributor's majority owner, Wellspring Capital Management. Prospect says it lent Ellett Brothers $160 million to shore up the distributor, but the money went instead to Wellspring shareholders.
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    Like most businesses...Colt sets their prices to maintain a certain level of profit. No profit...no staying in business. I don't know Colt's built-in costs and overhead but it's a market based decision...to be profitable on a low volume item you have to set the price high enough to be profitable. With higher production numbers per-unit costs come down and then volume justifies a lower price to maintain the margins. For whatever reasons Colt has kept volume down so prices must be higher to maintain profitability. Why does Colt do that? I can only hazard guesses...lack of personnel to produce the SAA...lack of financing to increase tooling and hire and train more personnel...fear of saturating the market...it doesn't fit the long-term strategic marketing plan...vendors can't supply the raw materials in greater numbers...a desire to keep primary emphasis on faster moving, more profitable products...invest in some new models rather than an historic but old model...who knows what the reasons are?

    Master craftsman are probably few and far between...and what few there are might be more tempted to have their own shops than work for a company. I would believe that Colt has to pay them quite well to work for them and in a high tax, high cost of living area like CT. To utilize their talents at a profitable level Colt must ask prices to maintain that profit or they can't do it at all. I would like to believe Colt isn't gouging in the rates for custom work...such work costs and that's a fact of supply and demand.
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    That makes sense, Snidley, only if the production SAA's that are hitting the market all the time lately also cost that $3500+ ticket price. But they don't. I just got an email from one of the many wait lists I am on with a price on a brand new colt for $1660. Others are seeing new colts hit the shelves as well and at MSRP prices. Not as many as we would like, but more than I have seen in 10 years. GB as well isn't selling them for much more than $2000 lately either. Maybe $2500 on a bidding war item.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MARKO65
    …..Below is from an email i received.

    Here is the breakdown:

    Base Price for Custom Shop SAA - $3450.00
    Two Piece Walnut Grips - $300.00
    Extra Long Back Strap - $625.00
    Bullseye ejector rod - $125.00
    Blue/Case Colored Finish
    OK, even if the $3450 pasted the smell test, which it doesn't, every SAA gun requires a ejector rod. In the case of Colt, the heads come in two styles. Both screw right on the ejector rod. Last time I bought a Colt bullseye head it was a new nickel one from either Numrich, Midway or Brownell's. Retail cost was less than $30. The entire rod, head and all was less than $60. That was in 2018.

    No one can justify $125.00 ejector rod no matter what shape it is.

    Colt has finally gone Orwellian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yahoody View Post
    OK, even if the $3450 pasted the smell test, which it doesn't, every SAA gun requires a ejector rod. In the case of Colt, the heads come in two styles. Both screw right on the ejector rod. Last time I bought a Colt bullseye head it was a new nickel one from either Numrich, Midway or Brownell's. Retail cost was less than $30. The entire rod, head and all was less than $60. That was in 2018.

    No one can justify $125.00 ejector rod no matter what shape it is.

    Colt has finally gone Orwellian.
    That got me wondering. 2 and a half years ago, when I placed my custom colt order, they charged me $75 for the bullseye ejector.

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    A few years ago when I was contemplating retirement Colt was looking for journeyman machinists so I checked into it. What I found was that I could make more in real money by retiring and collecting a social security check. Plus I wouldn’t have to sell my house and move all the way across the country, not to mention that I’d have to get rid of at least half of the guns I own because of their stupid state laws. Now if they relocated to Texas or one of the other free states out west maybe I’d reconsider. When I buy a Colt I could care less if it says made in Connecticut.
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