Colt’s Manufacturing Company, LLC is an American firearms manufacturer. It is the successor corporation to It’s earlier firearms-making efforts, which started in 1836. They are known for the engineering, production, and marketing of firearms, most especially between the 1850s and World War I, when it was a dominating force in its industry and a seminal influence on manufacturing technology. Theire earliest designs played a major role in the popularization of the revolver and the shift away from earlier single-shot pistols. Although their founder did not invent the revolver concept, his designs resulted in the first very successful ones.
The most famous products include the Colt Walker, made 1847 in the facilities of Eli Whitney Jr., the Single Action Army or Peacemaker, the Python, and the M1911 pistol, which is currently the longest-standing military and law enforcement service handgun in the world and is still used today. Though they did not develop it, for a long time they were also primarily responsible for all AR-15 and M16 rifle production, as well as many derivatives of those firearms. The most successful and famous of these are numerous M16 carbines, including the Commando family, and the M4 carbine.
In 2002, Colt Defense was split off from Colt’s Manufacturing Company. Colt’s Manufacturing Company now serves the civilian market, while Colt Defense serves the law enforcement, military, and private security markets worldwide. The two companies remained in the same West Hartford, Connecticut location cross-licensing certain merchandise before reuniting in 2013. Following the loss of its M4 contract in 2013, the reunited Colt was briefly in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, starting in 2015 and reemerging in January 2016.