I won’t say I’m a gun expert. I’ve probably shot 10,000 rounds in my life. I’ve qualled in the Navy many times and even nailed Expert Pistol, per the military definition.
But I know I am nothing more than a hobbyist. I’ve met expert gun guys I respect a lot, read the blog of savvy gun geniuses, and routinely get lost in brilliant gun blog-conversations written by women who have forgotten far more than I will ever know about boomsticks.
But I do know math, and this Colt 1911 Rail Gun does not sound like a great deal:
The service awarded a $22.5 million contract to Colt Defense for its M1911A1 Rail Guns. The deal was finalized Wednesday night, according to Barb Hamby, a spokeswoman for Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va. Precise details are expected to be released Thursday evening, but there is widespread speculation the order will total some 4,000 firearms.
The pistols will be manufactured at Colt’s plant in West Hartford, Conn., and delivered to the Marine Corps by 2017, Hamby said.
$22.5 Million for 4000 guns. That is more than $5600 per gun. That seems like an awful lot of money. At that price I would want them yesterday, not by 2017. But what do I know?
Standing by to issue a retraction and a promise to buy one, no two, of these well-priced pieces of American Iron. . .