The American defense industry has always answered its warfighter’s challenges and needs with innovative equipment design solutions. As the premier small arms industry leader, Colt Defense LLC has provided US, NATO, and other military forces with the finest battlefield weapons ever designed. The Colt M16 launched the evolution of what has become the assault weapon of choice on today’s battlefields: the M4 Carbine. The term modularity has become synonymous with Colt rifles and carbines, so much so that many companies today base their system designs solely on our M16/M4 original blueprint. The next challenge for Colt Defense is to see that its weapons continue to evolve to meet the diverse and varied challenges the 21st century battlefield will present to joint and coalition forces. Only by doing so will Colt Defense continue to offer all echelons of warfighters increased capabilities and flexibility they need while providing a unique best value solution.
Colt rifles and carbines are the only 5.56mm (.223 Rem.) weapon systems in the world that have been truly battle-tested under every condition that may be encountered on the diverse battlefields of the 21st century. From the early 1960’s to today, Colt M16 rifles, M4 carbines and variants have proven themselves under the most severe combat conditions – from the jungles of South America and Southeast Asia to the deserts of the Middle East and the mountains of Afghanistan. Starting with the first Colt M16 rifles fielded during the Vietnam War, Colt engineers have continuously evaluated the performance of Colt firearms in the hands of users engaged in combat operations. Based on reports from the battlefield and continuous technical interaction with military and law enforcement users in the U.S. and around the world, evolutionary improvements have steadily been incorporated, keeping Colt weapons systems the world standard.
Colt weapons are designed and built with an emphasis on simplicity of operation, maximum interchangeability of parts and ease of maintenance. As a result, Colt weapons are extremely durable, with high performing systems and unusually low life cycle maintenance costs, making them the ideal weapons for broad deployment among any type of military unit. They are singularly well suited for today’s modern warfare strategy of rapid expeditionary deployment, mobility and increased firepower.
The quality and dependability of Colt 5.56mm weapons in the field have all contributed to their unparalleled record of success. To quote a senior U.S. Military officer: “I am absolutely convinced that the M4 Carbine is the finest service 5.56mm weapon in the world – bar none! It will hit what you shoot at and do it both accurately and reliably.”
Today, Colt offers a complete “Family of Weapons” based around the M4 Carbine, which includes a heavy barreled rifle (HBAR®), a carbine with sliding stock (M4 & ACC-M), a personal defense weapon with folding-collapsible buttstock (SCW), a piston carbine (APC), a Commando® carbine, an infantry automatic rifle (IARTM), a 9mm submachine gun, and 40mm grenade launcher. Furthermore, Colt maintains a staff of professional engineers, armorers and operators who devote themselves to constant improvement and evolution of our Family of Weapons. Their efforts and ingenuity enable Colt to continue to set the standard of excellence in small arms throughout the world.
All Colt products are manufactured with the most modern equipment according to well-established and time-tested proprietary manufacturing techniques and processes. The technical data packages for Colt products, which consist of the designs, specifications, patents, trade secrets, manufacturing processes, know how and other intellectual property that goes into a Colt weapon, are closely guarded secrets that are not available to any other manufacturer. In addition, all Colt products are manufactured in Colt’s ISO 9001/2008 Certified facility in Hartford, Connecticut, assuring that every unit delivered lives up to Colt’s highest standards and historical reputation.
Selecting the weapon that will equip a country’s Armed Forces is a crucial process with strong military and political implications; the best and most combat-proven weapon in the world should therefore be chosen. The example established by the U.S. Armed Forces and the armed forces of more than 90 other nations around the world confirms that Colt weapons significantly increase the field readiness as well as the operational, tactical and strategic capabilities of any country’s Armed Forces.