Open Letter to the Board of Directors at Colt Firearms

Colt Series 70 Sheriff Jim Wilson An Open Letter to the Board of Directors of Colt FirearmsCongratulations! The firearms, ammunition, and related industries, have been experiencing unbelievable sales for the past several years. And Colt Firearms is on the brink of bankruptcy. You should be ashamed that you are responsible for letting this American icon go down the toilet. Your recent history seems to be a magnificent example of mismanagement.

Consider this: numerous companies build better AR’s than you do. Numerous companies build better 1911‘s than you do. And, not to sound like a broken record, but numerous companies build better single actions than you do. You claim that Colt is a leader and icon in our industry, yet, for the most part, you build inferior products and can’t even get those out to the retail outlets in any quantity.

When something is this broken, one need only look to the top for an explanation. I don’t know your CEO so this is not intended to be a personal attack. But, put very simply, your CEO needs to take a hike… retire… go fishing… but never darken the door of Colt again.

Instead, Colt badly needs a CEO who has a fire in his belly. One who knows how to lead people. One who knows how—and wants to—build quality guns. One who is committed to promoting the brand. In short, you need to find yourselves another Mike Fifer.

Since I am sure that most of you don’t have a clue who Mike Fifer is, your homework for tonight is to find out who Mike Fifer is and what he has done for the company that he represents.

There is still time… get serious!

Sincerely,
Jim Wilson,
A life-long Colt fan

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You, Too, Can Screw Up a 1911

You, Too, Can Screw Up a 1911 Sheriff Jim WilsonIt has come to my attention that a lot of you folks still don’t know how to properly screw up a 1911. Therefore, as a service to my many friends in the shooting sports, I am offering this quick study that will allow you to get up to speed and properly cause impressive malfunctions and glorious jamming in John Browning’s old, out-of-date handgun. Continue reading

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Nighthawk Custom

nighthawk-custom-38-super-commander-LOI have only owned the pistol that you are looking at for a little over 10 days and it has already become a favorite in my stable of 1911′s. It’s a .38 Super Commander, built to my specifications by Nighthawk Custom. Richard Mann and I spent several days at Gunsite with Mark Stone and Shawn Armstrong, both of Nighthawk, and I tried every way that I could to make this gun malfunction. It didn’t happen. And the accuracy was top shelf.

Nighthawk Custom is located in Berryville, Arkansas, and is owned by Mark Stone. In the beginning, Mark had three partners who had previously worked for Wilson Combat. However, those three partners are no longer partners and no longer with the company. Without going into detail, Nighthawk Custom has gone through some trying times in recent years. However, those days are now past and you can expect to see NHC, under Stone’s leadership, going great guns… and, by the way, building great guns. Continue reading

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A Couple John Wooters Stories

John Wootters and Sheriff Jim WilsonBesides being one of the greatest outdoor writers of our time, John Wootters was also one of the best joke and storytellers. We all loved going on the gunwriter hunts when we knew that John would be there. It was a solid guarantee of some good tales and a lot of laughing. Here are a couple of stories that John told me… Continue reading

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