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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Colt Defense LLC (the “Company”) announced today that it will host an investor conference call on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss 2013 year-end financial results.  Interested parties may participate by dialing 1- 877-565-1267 (U.S. and Canada) or 1-706-758-8327 (International), and providing the conference ID number: 17455233. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 21, 2014, and will last through Friday, March 28, 2014.  The replay may be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056 (U.S. and Canada) or 1-404-537-3406 (International) and providing the same conference ID number listed above. Prior to the call, the Company will file its 2013 year-end financial results with the SEC on Form 10-K which will be available at www.sec.gov. About Colt Defense LLC Colt is one of the world’s oldest and most renowned designers, developers and ma...

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (March 20, 2014) – Colt sponsored shooter Mark Redl walked away with a hearty victory at the USPSA Area 7 March Madness competition. Redl competed in the Single Stack Division and won the match with 677.5372 points. This placed him more than 127 points, or almost 19 percent, higher than the second place competitor in his division. “We are ecstatic that Mark has started off his 2014 competition season with such a strong showing,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt’s Manufacturing Company. “With his talent and dedication, Mark will surely continue this success in his upcoming events.” Redl shot a Colt Combat Elite® in .45 ACP at the Area 7 match. The Combat Elite is ideal for a combat-style match shooter, with features that include half checkered and half smooth rosewood grips, a Colt upswept beavertail grip safety with palm swell, a National Match® barrel and Novak® sights. Part of the XSE Series...

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Colt Facebook Page Tops 300,000 Fans

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (March 6, 2014) – Colt’s Manufacturing Company is proud to announce reaching a major milestone on its Facebook page. This February, the Colt Facebook fan page topped more than 300,000 “likes.” The page was launched in June 2011 to add a new layer of engagement with Colt enthusiasts, sport shooters, outdoorsmen and women, and the next generation of shooters. “We are proud to have reached so many of our Colt fans on Facebook in less than three years,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt’s Manufacturing. “We sincerely thank everyone who interacts with us online and look forward to continuing to engage with our fans across all social media platforms.” During the past four months, Colt has hosted a number of exciting campaigns on its Facebook page in an effort to further engage current fans and reach new ones. In November, Colt launched its “Giving Thanks” campaign as an opportunity ...

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National and International Competitive Shooter Maggie Reese Joins Team Colt

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (Feb. 28, 2014) – Colt’s Manufacturing Company, one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms, today announced its sponsorship of national and international shooting sports competitor Maggie Reese. Reese has a successful track record in many shooting disciplines, and already has a full schedule ahead with Team Colt in 2014. “We are thrilled to have Maggie join Team Colt,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt’s Manufacturing. “Maggie is very passionate and enthusiastic about the shooting sports. She is a wonderful role model for other young women who are interested in shooting, and we are proud to have her wearing the Colt name and competing with our firearms.” “I am honored to be sponsored by Colt, a company with such a rich history and a strong reputation for quality in the industry,” said Reese. “A 1911 is the first gun I ever owned, so it i...

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Colt’s Clint Upchurch Finishes Top Ten in 2013 3-Gun Pro Series - Upchurch is Sixth Overall Going Into Rumble on the Range in January

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (Nov. 4, 2013) – Colt is proud to announce sponsored shooter Clint Upchurch is closing out another successful season of 3-Gun competition. Upchurch is currently ranked sixth in the 3-Gun Nation (3GN) Pro Series Tour, assuring him a spot at the 3GN Pro Series Championship, Rumble on the Range, during the SHOT Show in Las Vegas. “Clint has had yet another outstanding season in the ever-growing 3-Gun competition series,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt. “We are extremely proud of his accomplishments, notably the fact that he has placed in the top 10 of every 3-Gun Nation Pro Series match this year; a feat that only three other competitors have accomplished. We wish him all the best at Rumble on the Range.” In the 3GN Pro Series, Clint’s top 10 finishes include sixth place at Event #1, ninth place at Event #2, tenth place at Event #3 and ninth place at Event #4. His combined points from three events are 273...

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Colt Announces Anthony Acitelli as Senior Vice President of Sales

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., October 25, 2013 – Colt, a leading developer and manufacturer of firearms for the global military, law enforcement and civilian markets, today announces the addition of Anthony Acitelli to its leadership team. Acitelli will serve as Senior Vice President of Sales. Acitelli brings more than 20 years experience in the defense industry to his new position with Colt. He spent the past three years with ATK – Security and Sporting Group, first in the role of Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, and then as President of the Accessories Division. Acitelli spent six years with Federal Cartridge, overseeing sales and marketing efforts. Other prior industry experience includes Tasco Worldwide and Simmons. Acitelli earned his International MBA from Thunderbird Global Schools of Management and his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of South Florida. He also earned a general management certificate from Harvard Business School an...

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Colt’s Mark Redl Crowned 2013 King of New England – Custom Pistol Division Redl Seals Victory at Live Free or Die IDPA Championship

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., October 24, 2013 – Colt sponsored shooter Mark Redl walked away a king after the 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free or Die State IDPA Championship. By winning the Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP) Division at the match, he also clinched the title of King of New England for the CDP Division. “We are very proud of Mark for winning such a prestigious IDPA match series,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt. “Mark started the season strong this year, and we are thrilled to see him continue that pace with the King of New England victory.” Redl won the King of New England title in the CDP Division with an overall time of 325.91 seconds, finishing 19 seconds ahead of his competitors. Division winners were determined by cumulative scores from four pre-selected stages in the Massachusetts State Championship, the New England Regional and the Live Free or Die State (New Hampshire) Championship. “It’s an honor to have...

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Colt, in conjunction with Cooper Firearms of Montana, is expanding the M2012 bolt action rifle family with the introduction of two new models. The M2012MT308T and M2012LT308G/M2012LT260G follow their predecessor in the line, the M2012SA308. All M2012 models feature a custom fluted, match grade barrel and a single stage, adjustable Timney trigger. A signed, serial numbered and dated test target is included with each rifle as a testament to its accuracy. “The durability and accuracy provided by the M2012 bolt action rifle family is outstanding,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt. “These new ‘crossover’ rifles transition easily from target shooting at the range to long-range hunting in the field.” The M2012MT308T, offered in .308 Winchester, is designed with the shooter’s comfort in mind, making it ideal for long sessions at the range. It’s ruggedness and accuracy also make it a great choice for experienced hunt...

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn., September 23, 2013 – Colt is pleased to announce the appointment of Joyce Rubino to the newly created position of Vice President, Marketing. Rubino was previously Controller and Vice President of Operations for Colt’s Manufacturing Company. “We are thrilled to have Joyce leading Colt’s marketing operations,” said Dennis Veilleux, President and CEO of Colt. “Joyce has been an integral part of our team for a number of years, and has a proven track record of outstanding leadership. She is keenly aware of the issues and opportunities within our industry, and is well positioned to lead Colt’s marketing efforts.” Rubino has been an instrumental leader in the growth and success of Colt’s commercial operations. Throughout her time with Colt, Rubino has navigated a number of challenging situations, consistently delivering effective and well-thought solutions. It is this knowledge and experience that will serve her wel...

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn., August 23, 2013– Colt Defense LLC, a leading developer and manufacturer of small arms for the global military, law enforcement and sporting markets, today announced the appointment of Dennis Veilleux as President and CEO effective immediately.   Mr. Veilleux was most recently President and CEO of New Colt Holding Corp., which was acquired by Colt Defense last month.  Mr. Veilleux replaces Gerald R. Dinkel, who will remain on Colt Defense’s Governing Board. Commenting on the leadership transition, Governing Board Chairman Daniel J. Standen said, “During his tenure as CEO, Gerry Dinkel has been instrumental in Colt’s transformation into a more diversified business, including the recent completion of the acquisition of New Colt Holding Corp. We are grateful to Gerry for his valuable contribution to the Company and look forward to supporting Dennis Veilleux as the new CEO of the re-unified Colt. Dennis has 27 years of experience...

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West Hartford, Conn.  - Colt Defense LLC, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of rifles and carbines for the military, law enforcement and sporting markets, has acquired New Colt Holding Corp., the parent company of Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of firearms for the civilian and sporting markets.  For the first time since their separation in 2003, a single company will now develop, manufacture and sell firearms under the Colt name for all markets. About Colt: Colt is one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms. The company has supplied military, law enforcement and individual customers in the United States and throughout the world for more than 175 years. Our subsidiary, Colt Canada Corporation, is the Canadian government’s Center of Excellence for small arms and is the Canadian military’s sole supplier of the C7 rifle and C8 carbine. Colt operates its man...

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COLT’S MANUFACTURING AND BLACK HILLS AMMUNITION PARTNER TO OFFER SPECIALIZED COLT AMMUNITION Ammunitions Specifically Designed to Perform in Colt Rifles   WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, one of the world's leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms, has teamed up with Black Hills Ammunition to bring to market Colt-branded ammunition that is specifically tuned for Colt tactical and competition rifles. “We are thrilled to offer Colt customers ammunition that matches the high-quality of Colt rifles,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt’s Manufacturing. “The bar was set very high in the development and manufacturing process with Black Hills, and it really shows in the performance of the ammunition.” During the development process, this line of Colt ammo was ballistically tested in Colt rifles with a requirement of consistent five-shot MOA groups at 500 yards (5 shot gr...

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COLT’S MANUFACTURING COMPANY EXPANDS THE MUSTANG FAMILY The Mustang XSP is the Newest Offering in Popular Line of Pocket Pistols   WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, one of the world's leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms, is proud to introduce the newest member of the Colt Mustang family, the polymer framed Mustang XSP. Like its predecessors, the classic Colt Mustang and Mustang Pocketlite, the XSP is sure to become a popular option for concealed carry. “The Mustang and Mustang Pocketlite have been favorites of our customers for years. We are excited to build on those very successful products and evolve them even further to meet ever growing customer needs,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt’s Manufacturing. “The new XSP takes the best of its predecessor models and adds features that will make it appealing to an even wider customer base.” Taking advantage of t...

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COLT’S MANUFACTURING SPONSORED SHOOTER CLINT UPCHURCH CONTINUES SUCCESSFUL SEASON IN COMPETITIVE 3-GUN SHOOTING FIELD Upchurch Gears Up for June Matches Following Strong Finishes in April and May Competitions   WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC is proud to recognize its sponsored shooter, Clint Upchurch, for his outstanding performances in this year’s 3-Gun competitions. Upchurch has placed in the top 10 in all of his individual and team events this year, including the 2013 3-Gun Pro Series Tour, the Colt 3-Man 3-Gun Championship and the Bushmaster Tarheel 3-Gun. At Event #1 and Event #2 of the 2013 3-Gun Pro Series Tour, Upchurch placed sixth and ninth, respectively. “The sport of 3-Gun has grown exponentially just in the two years that we have sponsored Clint,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt’s Manufacturing Company. “The competition is stiff, with scores that are just fractions...