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Colt Law Enforcement: Agencies That Use Colt Weapons

By    |   Thursday, 09 Apr 2015 01:57 PM

From the earliest days of Colt Manufacturing’s 200 year history, the company has been providing firearms to not only private citizens, but also law enforcement and military personnel. Indeed, the Connecticut-based company has an entire line of handguns, rifles, and accessories intended for use by government agencies, including submachine guns, automatic rifles, and grenade launchers. The agencies that use Colt weapons range from small town sheriff departments to U.S. military troops and everything in between.

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In 1845, one of the first military groups to use Colt’s firearms were Texas Rangers and U.S. Dragoon forces that were fighting Indians in Texas, says Colt's website. In 1947, the U.S. Ordnance Department ordered 1000 guns for the troops that were co-designed by Samuel Colt and Army Captain Samuel H. Walker.

Colt supplied the Union Army with weapons during the Civil War and the company’s Model 1911, co-produced with Browning, became the U.S. Army’s sidearm during World War I. In World War II, it was Model 1911A1 and Colt has remained a leading supplier for the Department of Defense through the Vietnam War and according to the company, Colt remains the main small arms supplier for the U.S. military to present day.

All the branches of the U.S. military, as well as 15 NATO countries, use some form of Colt weapon system, including the U.S. Marine Corps, which decided to resume use Colt 1911 Rail Gun as the standard pistol in 2012, says The Firearm blog. "There may be lighter, faster, more powerful and higher capacity handguns out today, but John Browning’s design worked just as well in 2011 as it did in 1911 and will probably continue to work fine in 2111," wrote author Steve Johnson.

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There may be lighter, faster, more powerful and higher capacity handguns out today, but John Browning’s design worked just as well in 2011 as it did in 1911 and will probably continue to work fine in 2111. - See more at: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2012/08/09/why-the-marines-adopted-the-m45-colt-1911/#sthash.OXhEZUXi.dpufThere may be lighter, faster, more powerful and higher capacity handguns out today, but John Browning’s design worked just as well in 2011 as it did in 1911 and will probably continue to work fine in 2111. - See more at: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2012/08/09/why-the-marines-adopted-the-m45-colt-1911/#sthash.OXhEZUXi.dpuf
Gerry Dinkel, CEO and president of Colt Defense, told the Hartford Courant, “This is a truly gratifying contract award. To have the 1911 selected again for U. S. Forces 101 years after its initial introduction is just an incredible testament to the timeless design and effectiveness of the Colt 1911. Colt Defense looks forward to another great partnership with the Marine Corps as we renew industry production. . .”

Sheriffs' departments and city police all over the country use Colt weapons, including the NYPD and LAPD, according to Colt's website. An article on tactical-life.com reports that some Texas Rangers choose to carry Colt firearms, though they aren’t the standard issue weapon.

The U.S. Secret Service is also among the agencies that carry Colt guns. So are the U.S. Mint, and the FBI Academy. Border Patrol uses a Colt carbine and the National Park Service carries Colt firearms. To find out if your local department does, too, search at www.colt.com.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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