Why Colt Can't Shoot Straight

Why the most famous name in firearms can’t shoot straight
Illustration by Steph Davidson

The Connecticut River region has supplied the U.S. with firearms since before it was a nation, and some of the best-known names in the industry remain in what’s known as Gun Valley. Smith & Wesson operates from a fortress-like building in Springfield, Mass. Sturm Ruger has its headquarters in Southport, Conn. Colt, the most famous of all the New England small-arms manufacturers, still makes handguns and rifles at a 22-acre facility in West Hartford. A giant blue sign with the company’s familiar “rampant Colt” rearing horse insignia marks the entrance.

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