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Posted: 3/5/2006 6:48:36 PM EDT
I lived in downtown Hartford during the year of 2003. The locals told me this facility was the "Old Colt Armory". Colt's current manufacturering facility is a few miles away. These pics only show the front side, there were several more buildings flanking this and in the back. Preservationists are currently restoring some of the buildings for other purposes. Does anyone know the history of this old facility? Did they produce M16 rifles here back in the 60's?

My first thread, I hoped the images displayed properly
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 6:53:10 PM EDT
pics look good.
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 6:55:36 PM EDT
what's up with the shiny minaret on top of a beat up old building?
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 6:56:50 PM EDT
Im pretty happy with my SAA produced there last year. USFC has done wonders for returning that building to its former greatness
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 6:57:13 PM EDT
US Firearms makes better SAA's than Colt.
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 7:06:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Barrelburner:
US Firearms makes better SAA's than Colt.

Dam Straight!

But I shoot my 1858 Remmington Conversion better
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 2:46:31 PM EDT
US Firearms hasn't been in the old Colt building in a couple of years now. They moved a couple of miles away to a modern building big enough to house all their CNC machines.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 7:13:18 PM EDT
cool. pictures thanks for sharing
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 8:22:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JarheadPatriot:
what's up with the shiny minaret on top of a beat up old building?

From what I've read, Sam Colt was inspired by the architecture of the Byzantine churches he saw while in Russia, and wanted to copy the look on his factory.

If I remember correctly, the dome was restored sometime in the 90's. They are now turning the complex into apartments.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 8:25:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/7/2006 4:50:22 AM EDT
Would be a cool place to live if you had to live in the NE I guess!
Link Posted: 3/7/2006 5:00:38 AM EDT
I think I remember that Colt put the dome up in order to honor the Czar of Russia who came for a visit....
Link Posted: 3/7/2006 8:03:08 AM EDT
That makes sense. He did present that ornate dragoon percussion revolver to Czar Nicholas I in 1854.
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