my vote is for 1945-1975
1970's , golden is in the eye of the beholder . All opinions are welcome .I am surprised to see anyone claim that period encompasses the 1970s!
1970's , golden is in the eye of the beholder. All opinions are welcome .
To me the Golden era might encompass 1860-1910 . Colt armed the US military in the largest battles of the century , LEO and civilians . Across the USA from the civilized East to the wild West . In all the world , when you said "Colt" , the name was recognized . Colt was becoming gun maker for the world . They had agents in North America , South America , Europe , Middle East , Far East and possibly elsewhere . They offered a wide variety of sizes , calibers and cosmetic options . Think of all the presentation guns turned out in this era . The now legendary master engravers .
And then to top it off , they of course also introduced John Browning's very successful early auto pistols .
I suspect that if you ask 100 Colt mavens, that you'll get 100 different answers. And that's likely a good thing.
I support Judge Colt's cogent reasoning but probably side a little more with Mitch and Bud on this issue. I thank the heavens for the birth of Mr. Sam Colt and the time he spent on this planet giving us the brand I so cherish!
Great responses guys, and some great supporting statements...
Sounds like Ill just have to strive to get an example from every decade someday so I can say I have Colt from the Golden Era, no matter when it was!
Me thinks that our JudgeColt got it right again with this post, and here's why I think so. War speeds up technical innovation as well as needs for mass production. Manufacturing before the war was pretty much a hands on deal, but the need for production during WWII, brought an end to a lot of the hands on work as production techniques improved in order to meet production.The "Golden Era" is from about 1900 to World War II. Many would say from the end of World War I to the beginning of World War II. The latter gets my vote because of the huge variety of models and the amazing quality, but leaving out the Colts with the high polish from the Pre-World War I era is a tough call. The "Golden Era" is not just confined to Colts. The Winchester, Smith & Wesson, Savage, Marlin, Remington, etc. lines also exhibit the same quality and variety that did not survive World war II.
I am surprised to see anyone claim that period encompasses the 1970s! I must assume thy have not examined any Pre-War guns. There is no comparison.