New from Colt: Loads of Modern Sporting Home Defense Rifles

If you’re in the gun making business, it’s hard to look at the market for black modern sporting home defense rifles and ignore it. And Colt isn’t. I mean, they are in the gun biz and they’re going after the assault rifle market (there, I said it). To hear Colt’s head of marketing tell it, the storied riflemaker now has 30 new SKUs (that’s guns to you and me) designed for the civilian market. Joyce Rubino says her employer will be rolling out the firearms over the course of 2012 . . .

Colt plans to attract Joe Hoghunter with their new modular carbine [above] in .308 Win. Initially, it’ll come in any color you want as long as it’s black. But Colt will be introducing a number of fashion-forward options down the road (e.g., desert tan, OD, various shades of camo and the Dr. Doofenshmirtz edition). Modularity means changing out the model’s barrel and buffer—to turn it into a 5.56 tactical marvel— will be a cinch.

And then there’s Colt’s new AR-15 A4 tactical carbine [below]:

This is a light weight pencil barrel shooter weighing in at only 5.5 lbs. The 16″ barrel rifle will MSRP at $1,136. It starts shipping next month.

For gunnies who believe in One Caliber to Rule Them All, Colt’s making the 9mm carbine. In a few months, they’ll add a new 9mm flat top to their current A1 sight configuration. The A1 handle version will MSRP at $1,176, the flat top at $1,248.


  1. avatar DrewR55 says:

    I’m glad to see the re-emergence of Colt. I’ll probably look long and hard at a .308 if it makes it to a store this decade.

  2. avatar Danny McBee says:

    Glad to see Colt’s marketing finally prioritized a little in our favor. That .308 looks awful tempting.

  3. avatar Matt Gregg says:

    As long as they quit using random(non spec) pin sizes and make their prices reasonable I’ll bet they will do great.

  4. avatar Rob in Cali says:

    My question is if it uses the proprietary Colt mags…

  5. avatar HSR47 says:

    An AR without the giggle pin is not an assault rifle. QED.

    1. avatar n says:

      Exactly. If it’s not select fire and an intermediate rifle caliber, it’s not an assault rifle.

    2. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Sigh. Headline amended.

  6. avatar Lemming says:

    That’s Doofenshmirtz, not Doffenshmirtz. Wouldn’t a Doofenshmirtz product be called the “modern sporting rifle-inator”?

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Curse you Perry the Platypus! Text amended.

  7. avatar S Newman says:

    The authors quote “For myself, I respect our imperfect system of government so I plan to do my fighting in the legislature and in the press and at the ballot box. You’re free to choose otherwise, but I don’t plan on going to prison for the sake of a lump of metal and plastic.” tells me that another so-called defender of the US Constitution and the 2nd Amendment is actually a liar!

    So Dan, when they tell you to go pay, register your firearms, get fingerprinted and have another background check and then tell you that upon your death the firearms must be surrendered for destruction, you are going to bow to the master and say “Yassa Massa”. Hmmmm, So when TSHF do not bother depending on him to back you up.

    Those willing to give up ESSENTIAL liberty for security, deserve neither and will ultimately lose BOTH. — Benjamin Franklin

    The 2nd Amendment is NOT NEGOTIABLE!

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