Colt is the main small arms supplier of the U.S. Military (exclusive production through 2009 of the M4 5.56mm Carbine). All branches of the U.S. Military use Colt weapon systems, including the M4 Carbine and the M16A2/A4 Rifle. Colt weapon systems are also used in fifteen (15) NATO countries and more than 80 other countries worldwide. More than 8,000,000 units have been produced so far of which more than 90% remain in service. This represents more than 90% of all weapons produced in 5.56mm.
At Colt we understand that selecting the weapon that will equip a country’s Armed Forces is a crucial process with strong military and political implications. Most countries therefore demand the best and most combat proven weapon in the world. The countless battlefields where our weapons have been successfully used, the U.S. Military, the Armies of the vast majority of NATO countries and the armies of more than 90 countries in the world can confirm that only Colt is capable of offering such a weapon.
Colt family of weapons is a favorite with a very diverse group of users. Our weapons have successfully been used in an extremely wide range of roles and applications. Colt products are the weapons of choice for military, law enforcement and many other uses. Among the most popular users (US and international) are the Army, the Marines, Special Forces, Air Force, Navy, Police, Coast Guard, Airport Security, Border Patrol etc.
Colt weapon systems have proven themselves under the most severe battle conditions – from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of the Middle East and the mountains of Afghanistan. Colt weapons therefore can best help a country’s Armed Forces to significantly increase their field readiness as well as their operational, tactical and strategic capabilities. These facts have generated a huge demand for Colt weapon systems and especially for Colt M4 Carbine. All tests conducted for small arms selection are using Colt M4 and M16 as the baseline weapon to which all others are compared. Additionally, most countries that produce their own 5.56mm system for their military are also using Colt M4 and M16 for their Special Forces due to the excellent reputation for accuracy and quality gained by Colt systems in numerous military operations worldwide. At Colt Defense we are convinced that we have the product, people, capacity, service organization and motivation to execute any program requirements.