Double Naught Spy said:the_one_saint, you have minced some words. This is NOT a rumor and was posted, for a time, on Colt's web site when they stopped selling to the public. Colt no longer sells to the public. You cannot buy directly from Colt as a normal civilian in the public. Now, if you are a dealer with a FFL, that is another matter. Colt sells wholesale to the dealers and it is the dealers that sell to the public.
Question: Which firearms manufacturer can you buy directly from as a normal citizen?Double Naught Spy said:You cannot buy directly from Colt as a normal civilian in the public.
Sorry for the misunderstanding. I thought you were trying to say something else entirely, ie, doing business with a manufacturer w/o an FFL holder as a go-between. I too have made purchases as you describe, but I'm also old enough to remember when you could make mail-order purchases of pistols and I thought this is what you were implying. My apologies.Double Naught Spy said:You can buy directly from any manufacturer who wishes to deal with all the necessary bookwork to sell directly to the public, as per federal firearms regulations and state regulations. You can and I have purchased directly from Wilson Combat, for example. I paid them and they shipped to the local FFL of my choice. My money went directly to Wilson Combat, not to an intermediary FFL. I bought from Wilson, period. Sorry XTrooper.
Thank you dfariswheel for the clarification and the history. I didn't know the background, but had read Colt's statements that they no longer sold to the public, just to FFLs.
There's nobody giving me what I want, so I continue to buy Colts, blessedly free of "frills", so that I can ultimately have the gun that I want.Tedster said:I lost any interest in Colts I had a long time ago. Why buy an expensive 1911 that has zero frills, and then spend a ton of money to get it to where you need it? There is so much other competition that gives you everything you could need or want right from the factory for a decent price. I think the only thing Colt has going for them is there name -- which they've squandered needlessly for many years.
Expensive? A Colt 01991 series gun is about $570.Why buy an expensive 1911 that has zero frills, and then spend a ton of money to get it to where you need it?