Retro Gun Review: Colt 1991A1 Series 80 in .45 ACP

The 1980s were rough on Colt. Their former dominance in the handgun market was challenged by the likes of Smith & Wesson, Beretta, and a relative newcomer, GLOCK. With the replacement of the 1911A1 in military service by the Beretta 92 Series, Colt lost a strong marketing tool. For generations, they’d marketed the 1911 series […]

My Grandfather’s 1943 Union Switch & Signal M1911A1

Within two months of his eighteenth birthday, my grandpa left the Bronx, New York and was inducted into the Army of the United States. His listed civilian occupation was “boilermaker,” but he was on his way to an MOS of Intelligence Observer 518 in the 209th AAA Automatic Weapons Battalion in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He […]

Colt Announces They’re Doing Custom Work Again

You may remember our report back in March noting that Colt had laid off a number of employees in its custom shop and had stopped taking orders for custom work. It was another bad sign for the rampant pony, given the company’s downturn over the last decade. The good news, though, is that the Connecticut-based […]

Colt Cobra Hands-On at SHOT Show Range Day 2017

Early on Monday I got a chance to put some rounds through the new Colt Cobra before it apparently seized up for the rest of SHOT Show’s Range Day. In the video above, Mark Redl, Colt Product Manager and pro shooter, walks us through the features of their new snake gun, then I put six […]

New From Colt: Cobra .38 Revolver

While the barrier to entry is certainly high, enterprising companies still get into the revolver business from time to time. Last year it was Kimber with their impressive K6s. This year it’s a more familiar one-time wheelgun maker. The rampant pony rides again, now stamped to the frame of the resurrected Colt Cobra snubby. This pre-SHOT […]

Hollywood Hooey: The Phantom (SyFy)

I’m blowing off a little steam tonight, watching the SyFy network, with one of their original movies – an updating of the Phantom franchise as what was apparently a two-part miniseries – as the video equivalent of cotton candy (no nutritional value). I’m in the middle of this live-action comic book, when the faithful family […]

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