March 19, 2013

Colt Employees Remind Lawmakers About Jobs, History

( — Samuel Colt's legacy is alive and well. On March 14, 550 workers from the two Colt operating companies, successors of the Colt Armory that once made iconic Colt Peacemaker revolvers, boarded buses that brought them to the Legislative Office Building, part of the state Capitol complex in Hartford.

They came to make their presence felt and to participate in a General Assembly committee hearing on a large number of gun-control measures under consideration following the December tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Their message was direct: "Save our Jobs." Michael Holmes, Colt United Auto Workers Shop Chairman, testified at the hearing, as did NSSF Director Government Relations, State Affairs Jake McGuigan; Joe Bartozzi from O.F. Mossberg; and Mark Malkowski of Stag Arms.

On that same evening Gov. Dannel Malloy's town hall meeting in New Britain, home of Stag Arms, magazine maker ASC and numerous industry subcontractors, was dominated by the gun-control issue. Though not all the proposed additional gun-control legislation will move forward for eventual votes, action on some of the measures is expected within days.

Comments (51)

I agree Sir.

Posted by: Cecil B | April 7, 2013 8:19 PM    Report this comment

Cecil.....One of these days you and I are going to have to get together and bend our elbows.....

Posted by: canovack | April 7, 2013 8:14 PM    Report this comment

LOL Colonel. I too was pushed into the computer age. At age 50, while I was at home on vacation, the paymaster called me and told me that when I returned to the ship, I would have to do the vessel payroll on a computer (which by the way, there was not one provided by the company, but that is another story), and I told him I didn't even know how to turn one on. He just laughed and I took a one day crash course and learned the rest on my own. I even got into building a couple but those skills are long forgotten as the machines and the software are much more complicated. So, like you, I e mail, do my banking and a little shopping. There are days I would shoot mine but then I think about how much I have invested so I just turn it off and play with the dogs.

Posted by: Cecil B | April 7, 2013 8:01 PM    Report this comment

You do yourself an injustice, Cecil. Dumb you are not..... Just as I, you are uninformed as concerns the details of the finer points of computur science. I figure at our ages, we don't really need to be as computer literate as the youngsters. We've certainly paid our dues in other ways, so we shouldn't feel inadequate simply because we are not computer whizzes..... I got through a 21-year Army career without any computer literacy, and when I was a few years into my 22-year teaching career, I saw that some computer knowledge would be advantageous. I learned enough to effectively communicate with students, parents, other teachers, and administration along with using using research tools and automated programs to maintain my gradebook. Those skills have made retirement enjoyable, since I can continue to communicate with people of like mind, and I use the Internet for maintaining my finances, shopping, and paying bills. Beyond those applications, I really wouldn't mind taking my computer out into the pasture and blowing it away with some of my ammunition stockpile.

Posted by: canovack | April 7, 2013 4:09 PM    Report this comment

I am too dumb to figure out how they do it but I sure wish I was able to send the hackers a virus.

Posted by: Cecil B | April 7, 2013 2:33 PM    Report this comment

I'm sure that Todd will jump right on this, Cecil. After all, GunReports Administration has done such a masterful job of keeping hackers and spammers out of our forum!

Posted by: canovack | April 7, 2013 2:06 PM    Report this comment


Posted by: Cecil B | April 7, 2013 1:45 PM    Report this comment


Posted by: Cecil B | April 7, 2013 1:45 PM    Report this comment

The Wookie is more of a Breck girl.

Posted by: Mister E | March 25, 2013 1:10 PM    Report this comment

Ya know, Dave? Until you mentioned it, I really never gave much thought to the similarity of appearance between the Star Wars character "The Wookie" and Janet Reno. But now that you mention it, the resemblance is quite striking!

Posted by: canovack | March 24, 2013 11:13 AM    Report this comment

Well, if you boys are looking to find someone to eat Harry Reid's nuggets, I'd suggest Janet 'Waco' Reno. Seems to me that Wookie could rip 'em off with one hand and swallow them in one gulp - raw!

Posted by: CT dave | March 23, 2013 11:04 PM    Report this comment

I just checked in my files, and I dragged a copy of the list out. The report has the title NRA List of Anti-Second Amendment Organizations, Businesses, and Individuals, and oddly enough it was released right here, on on 2 March 2011. I'd guess that if you went into and searched it, you might find it there.

Posted by: canovack | March 23, 2013 8:41 PM    Report this comment

I shall investigate. Thank you Sir.

Posted by: Cecil B | March 23, 2013 8:25 PM    Report this comment

Hi Cecil! There are a number of brands that I refuse to purchase due to their stand on Second Amendment rights and/or support of left-wing liberal causes. The NRA maintains a website that shows a long list of organizations, businesses, and corporations who have records of supporting anti-Second Amendment causes.

Posted by: canovack | March 23, 2013 8:21 PM    Report this comment

I did not know the Pelosi Galore owned DelMonte but now that I do, I will shop appropriately. Thanks.

Posted by: Cecil B | March 23, 2013 8:15 PM    Report this comment

Yeah, ajwrangler, Nancey Pelosi is likely pretty familiar with eating, or at least crushing, nuts. From what we hear, she has pretty well emasculated her husband, and since he and she own DelMonte foods, I refuse to purchase any of that brand.

Posted by: canovack | March 23, 2013 8:04 PM    Report this comment

For the most part those that hunt pigs here in Texas donate the meat to local soup kitchens and other "needy" charities. When I kill them I eat what I kill.

As to Reid's nuts, might I suggest in a frying pan, LOTS of butter and garlic. Simmer until tender and then call Nancy (The Crypt Keeper) Pilosi and I am sure she would enjoy them immensely.

Posted by: ajwrangler | March 23, 2013 2:17 PM    Report this comment

I know guys. A lot of animals cause a lot of aggravation and destroy things. I was surely not attempting to piss down anyones leg or be judgemental. It is just me. Lots of people cause aggravation and destruction and we can't shoot those assholes.

How would one cook Harry Reids nuts and who on earth would eat them?

Posted by: Cecil B | March 23, 2013 1:38 PM    Report this comment

Now about those Harry (or is that hairy?) Reed chops...

Posted by: Mister E | March 23, 2013 12:55 PM    Report this comment

Now, to continue the story..... My insurance carrier, USAA, was very understanding of the situation, and they agreed that my only recourse was to do just as I had done. The humor in all of this came when the body shop did the repair and restoration of the caved in front end of the van. On the invoice of service performed, along with all of the usual comments about what got repaired/replaced, was a notation....."Removed pork chops and ham from suspension, radiator, A/C condenser, etc". Ya gotta like guys who have a sense of humor.....

Posted by: canovack | March 23, 2013 11:18 AM    Report this comment

As I have commented before, I don't do as much shooting as I used to, and I have refrained from hunting altogether. It's not that I have any moral reasons for not hunting.....I just sorta lost interest, and my gun collecting has pretty much revolved around tactical firearms. What I do view with a degree of moral concern, is the shooting of animals just to shoot them. When I did hunt, no matter what I shot, I ate. As far as pest animals are concerned, I am death on squirrels, since they do all sorts of damage to my yard, my house, and my wife's collection of container garden roses. Ditto on stray cats who seem to think they have a right to do whatever they want to my property. I haven't shot any wild pigs in a long, long time, but when I did.....I ate them too.

Now, the above comment about wild pigs reminds me of an incident that occurred in December 2011. While returning to our home from a visit with on of our sons, in El Paso, when we were about 50 miles west of home, I had a very interesting experience with a herd of wild pigs. Driving at night in moderate rain, about 60 MPH on a two lane road with no shoulders and a ditch on each side, we suddenly came upon about 20 pigs in the roadway. I recognized that if I hit the brakes, I'd likely lose control and roll the van into the ditch. I also recognized that if I tried to steer to the shoulder, we'd also likely roll into the ditch. So.....In true "ride it to hell" spirit, I yelled "Oh shit!", held the steering wheel tight and drove through the herd. The van did leave the ground as we made impact, but I did maintain control. Immediately upon impact, there were teeth, eyes, hair, and intestines all over the windshield, but miraculously the van was driveable.

Posted by: canovack | March 23, 2013 11:14 AM    Report this comment

My two cents on the matter is that I love pig-meat, and I'd gladly shoot hogs for the farmers. But I can't see anyone leaving them to rot - there must be a county food bank for poor folks, right? Or some church that would take them and butcher then for it's poorer members of the congregation. Leaving that much meat for the coyotes only means more coyotes that will need to be shot.

Posted by: CT dave | March 23, 2013 8:12 AM    Report this comment

If you ever got a ground squirrel into your cabin and they trashed everything made of fabric and left their droppigs all over your bed and food, you would want to eliminate them too. And the feral hogs are destructive and dangerous.

Posted by: Anishinabi | March 23, 2013 12:11 AM    Report this comment

Seems sort of mean to me. That's like shooting the wild hogs here in Texas. They just leave them to rot. Shooting some people, I understand. Shooting animals I don't. But that's just me.

Posted by: Cecil B | March 22, 2013 10:42 PM    Report this comment

The shoot ground squirrels because they are alfalfa pests. They are about 1/3 the size of a grey squirrel - not much meat.

I'll leave Mr. Reed to others.

Posted by: Mister E | March 22, 2013 9:52 PM    Report this comment

Mister E, I hope they eat the squirrels that they shoot.

Harry Reid, I am afraid would be tough and taste like fecal matter.

Posted by: Cecil B | March 22, 2013 7:20 PM    Report this comment

Hmmmm, CT dave, my wife is very partial to Mogen David Concord.....Perhaps we'll have to look around for another Concord.....

Posted by: canovack | March 22, 2013 5:43 PM    Report this comment

Every day I thank God that I am back in Nevada, near a little town. The County population is about 2000. Every day now I see folks alongside the road plinking at ground squirrels in hay fields.

Harry Reed is a low-down, sneaking, rat-bastard, but sometimes it comes in handy.

Posted by: Mister E | March 22, 2013 1:10 PM    Report this comment

Thanks Colonel, I'll look for them at the stores I go to most often. I know I've seen Ste. Genevieve around.

I don't drink much of it myself - mostly scotch - but I do like dry reds, Riesling, and Moscato when I drink wine - like with dinners sometimes. And I confess to being partial to - but mostly staying away from - a rich, sweet and full bodied Port or even Concord wine. (That last is where avoiding NY state wines comes in. I don't want to buy wines from the whiners.)

Posted by: CT dave | March 22, 2013 12:12 PM    Report this comment

If you wish to purchase wines from a gun-friendly state, there are a couple of Texas wines that might suit your fancy. The ones that readily come to mind are Ste. Genevieve (grown and bottled in Fort Stockton) and Llano (grown and botteld in Llano). We also have a number of local wineries, but I don't know if they've made it to the national market. Depending on what kinds of wines may be your favorites, you might give these brands a try. My cardiologist has me on red wine in the evening, so that's where most of my recent tastes have led me, but the whites and rose wines are pretty good too.

Posted by: canovack | March 22, 2013 11:11 AM    Report this comment

Anishinabi - thanks for the tip. I'll watch for it, but honestly haven't seen any here in CT yet. I had more in mind those box wines, magnum sized bottles and bleach-bottle size wines. Those are all over the place with CA or AUS labels on them, and so are not just an easy target, but represent big bucks for the government of origin. And since money talks loudly in the halls of government, I was thinking that if we could hurt those companies, we'll hurt the state and just maybe be able to influence future choices.

To make this effective, however, most of us need to participate - and we have to let the state know why we're doing it. Not all of us even buy wines, and not all of us will. Even I have my limits - as much as I dislike Brit gun laws, I'm not about to give up my single malts.

Posted by: CT dave | March 22, 2013 8:21 AM    Report this comment

I hope all the gun manufacturers close up shop and leave the communist infested states high and dry and take all their employees with them with relocation assistance. Turn all these east coast communist enclaves into ghost towns and let the elitists and gang thugs eat each other!

Posted by: Element 82 | March 22, 2013 12:51 AM    Report this comment

If you are boycotting California wine, Arizona is becoming a mature wine country especially in my neck of the woods, SW border country and Cottonwood AZ as well. Page Springs, Arizona Stronghold, Caduceus and Zapara to name a few of them.

Posted by: Anishinabi | March 21, 2013 11:39 PM    Report this comment

I noticed a comment about moving from an anti-gun state. After the Demonrats took control of the NY Senate in the 2008 election, I moved to NM in Jan2009. When the Demonrats started NY style legislation, which we killed in committee, I immediately sent a letter to the governor pointing out why I moved to NM, the state income tax I pay, which was not taxed in NY and asked her influence to stop the nonsense.I think enough of the frontier mentality, that the sheriff or Indian Police are only an hour away when seconds count even roused the Obama voters (he carried NM twice) to defend their right to own multiple magazines that hold lots of ammunition. Vote with your feet, one of America's oldest traditions.

Posted by: Troy | March 21, 2013 11:05 PM    Report this comment

Well, I did figure out that I could boycott California wines, and that if we all did that it would hurt the state financially. But it would be harder to buy a drink too. I'm also boycotting Aussie wines now that I've had that idea, and NY wines although those aren't too popular any more. Doesn't leave a whole lot, as gun-friendly states like TX and ID aren't known for their wines and such.

Wine is an easy target - they've used state names in marketing, and the stores are full of them. So if we stop buying that product we can hurt those states' economies. But I'm having a harder time finding products from other anti-gun states to boycott. E.g. what does NJ export other than crime and drugs - which I already boycott, and what can I NOT BUY from Colorado - Coors? I don't remember the last time I bought that anyway.

Posted by: CT dave | March 21, 2013 9:19 PM    Report this comment

That nutcase governor signed the bill yesterday. What is wrong with those people in Co? There is some crazy shit going on there all the time. Seems like Co., Fl., and Ohio have more than their share of whack jobs.

Posted by: Cecil B | March 21, 2013 9:10 PM    Report this comment

The weapon and weapons related manufacturers that have facilities in these anti-gun states should follow Magpul's example and leave. The Commie/Marxist legislators in Colorado just passed and the Commie/Marxist Governor is expected to sign the 15 round magazine and Universal Background Check on ALL firearms transactions. Magpul told them that if they pass these bills and sign them into law then they are leaving the state.
I also agree with Anish and not do business with companies that remain in these Marxist leaning states. Although I LOVE Springfield I will be moving over to Ruger or Remington for any additional firearms.

Posted by: ajwrangler | March 21, 2013 8:42 PM    Report this comment

While Virginia isn't Texas, I did live there for a short time while I was posted in the Pentagon. I lived in Lorton, and I was only a short drive from Interarms and Hunters' Haven retail outlet in Alexandria, so my time was not too painfully spent until my return to Texas. I also was able to spend time shooting on the ranges at Quantico USMC Base, so I did manage to have some pretty good gun time there.

Posted by: canovack | March 21, 2013 8:25 PM    Report this comment

Texas would work Colonel, but one additional reason to leave CT is that I'm 600 miles from my kids. They're adults of course, but it's still 600 miles. So I'm hoping to get closer to them, and VA has much better gun laws than CT, even if not quite 'Constitutional carry'. It is however a 'shall issue' state and you can carry openly. There are also fewer restrictions by far on what you can buy, or on private sales. I figure I can pretty much 'gun up' without being noticed there.

But thanks for the invitation. If TX wasn't further from my kids than I want to be, I think I'd be seriously considering it. Its just that they are still in the 'home, career, and family' stages, so I want to be able to get to them because they find it harder to get to me.

Posted by: CT dave | March 21, 2013 8:00 PM    Report this comment

CT dave, have you investigated any opportunities here, in Texas? Since you have declared you're leaving as soon as you can, I detect a bit of resolution in your tone. As far as firearms freedoms go, Texas is pretty much a gunner's paradise. We still do not have constitutional carry, and there are still a few peculiar prohibitions as to where we can carry with a CHL, but by and large, Texas is about as good a place for a Second Amendment aficionado to live as any others, and a damned sight more gun friendly than most.

Posted by: canovack | March 21, 2013 7:54 PM    Report this comment

Looks like the assault weapons and 30 rnd mag. question have been shitcanned. BUT, the one we all need to worry about is the "Background Check" which would lead to gun registration or the making all of us criminals. And if your Dr asks anything about your guns, get a new Dr.

Posted by: Cecil B | March 21, 2013 7:49 PM    Report this comment

Done that Jayr. The response from both my congressman and senator were nearly identical - essentially, "I don't want to say I don't give a damn about your pro-gun attitude, but I don't give a tinker's damn about your pro-gun attitude". I promised both I'd vote against them in the next election based on that issue alone, but apparently not enough gun owners said that to make an impression.

Posted by: CT dave | March 21, 2013 7:46 PM    Report this comment

Everyone out here should contact their congressmen or women and let them KNOW that WE are not going to accept them stepping on OUR GUN RIGHTS.

Posted by: Jayr | March 21, 2013 7:34 PM    Report this comment

I forgot to check the box for the updates.

Posted by: CT dave | March 21, 2013 4:23 PM    Report this comment

The commie collectivists here in CT don't give a damn about gun makers' jobs, only their own. They are trying to get their 'A' grade from Sarah Brady. I'm leaving as soon as I can. The state's already teetering into bankruptcy, and they want to pass some of the most restrictive laws in the nation - with no thought of how to pay for any kind of enforcement. They're cutting back on LE, fire and game wardens, as well as other state employees (the bureaucrats), but we're not supposed to have guns - or at least not effective ones.

Posted by: CT dave | March 21, 2013 4:22 PM    Report this comment

Like they care! They care about as much as those left-wing idiots in The Peoples Republik of Colorado!

Posted by: eagle111 | March 21, 2013 2:21 PM    Report this comment

Like they care! They care about as much as those left-wing idiots in The Peoples Republik of Colorado!

Posted by: eagle111 | March 21, 2013 2:21 PM    Report this comment

We just won an important battle just this week in our fight to protect our second amendment rights. Harry Reid is feeling the pressure. Let us all get involved and contact our representatives in our area. This is but just one battle with many to come. Don't relax, let's save our constitution!

Posted by: Brickhouseblues | March 21, 2013 10:40 AM    Report this comment

I find it amazing that we continue to buy guns made in anti-gun states. Case in point, Springfield, Colt, S&W and others. At least Ruger has a presence in a free state. The foreign major manufacturers continue to locate in anti gun states.

Posted by: Anishinabi | March 21, 2013 10:18 AM    Report this comment

Todd. I wish I could believe you. My mailbox is full of new comment notifications every day when someone posts another piece of SPAM. If a review is more than a week or so old the spamsters pounce and I never see you guys delete or block them. I pay an annual subscription, and would like to see you do a better job on the spamming

Posted by: Anishinabi | March 21, 2013 10:15 AM    Report this comment

We hate spam as much as you do, and we're on a constant lookout for spammy comments. If you see spam on a GunReports post before we do, just enter 'SPAM' as a comment, and we'll be alerted to look at the file asap. Thanks for helping us patrol the AO. --Yr. Obt. Svts @

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