Colt Announces Closing Of Acquisition By CZG – Česká zbrojovka Group SE

Colt Anaconda Revolver
Colt Anaconda Revolver

West Hartford, CT – -( Colt Holding Company LLC (“Colt”) announced today that CZG – Česká zbrojovka Group SE (“CZG” or “the Group”; PSE: CZG), having secured all necessary regulatory approvals from the U.S. and Canadian authorities, has successfully closed its acquisition of 100% of the equity interest in Colt, the parent company of the U.S. firearms manufacturer, Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC as well as its Canadian subsidiary, Colt Canada Corporation.

CZG and Colt are confident that the merger will bring significant operational, commercial, and R&D synergies for the combined business, which generated pro-forma aggregated annual sales in excess of USD 570 million in 2020 and which has more than 2,000 employees in the Czech Republic, the United States, Canada and Germany.

“With this acquisition, we have created a strategic relationship between CZG and Colt, which will bring significant opportunities for the group. We will focus on continuing to provide high quality products to our customers in a seamless manner as we harness the many synergies generated by this acquisition. We are confident that this combination will create value for our customers and shareholders alike and strengthen these iconic brands,” stated Lubomír Kovařík, Chairman and President of CZG. “This merger also confirms our commitment to the North American market which is an integral part of our growth strategy,” he added.

Thanks to this acquisition, CZG gains further production capacity and positions itself to become a leading firearms manufacturer and a key partner globally for military, law enforcement, and commercial customers.

“Colt is pleased to join forces with CZG. We are proud of our heritage and believe that the strength of the combined businesses and the many synergies created by the merger will enable us to honor our roots while also securing the future of the Colt brand. We look forward to continuing to deliver our high- quality products while also investing in innovation and new product offerings in the near future. We believe in the successful connection of our corporate cultures, the proven track record of our teams and the complementary nature of the CZ and Colt brands,” stated Dennis Veilleux, President and CEO of Colt.

About CZG – Česká zbrojovka Group SE

CZG – Česká zbrojovka Group (CZG), together with its subsidiaries, is one of the leading European producers of firearms for military and law enforcement, personal defense, hunting, sport shooting and other commercial use. CZG markets and sells its products mainly under the
CZ (Česká zbrojovka), CZ-USA, Dan Wesson, Brno Rifles and 4M Systems brands. CZG’s subsidiaries include Česká zbrojovka, CZ-USA, 4M Systems and CZ Export Praha. CZG owns a minority stake in Spuhr i Dalby, a Swedish manufacturer of optical mounting solutions for weapons.
CZG is headquartered in the Czech Republic. It has production facilities in the Czech Republic and in the United States and employs around 1,670 people in the Czech Republic, the United States and Germany.

About Colt

Colt is one of the world’s leading designers, developers, and manufacturers of firearms. It has supplied commercial, military and law enforcement customers in the U.S. and throughout the world for over 175 years.

Colt is a supplier to the U.S. military, the exclusive supplier to the Canadian military and it also supplies its products to other armed forces around the world. Colt firearms enjoy a reputation throughout the world for accuracy, reliability and quality. Colt pistols and revolvers are carried by military and law enforcement personnel in numerous countries and are used by hunters and sportsmen and sportswomen worldwide. Colt commercial, sporting, military and law enforcement rifles enjoy similar renown.

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The worst part of these sales/mergers is the loss of industrial manufacturing capabilities to countries which cannot be relied upon to support American interests. For example, I feel it is almost, no actually, criminal for the US military to purchase firearms from overseas companies. It is similar to the US not being able to produce our own vaccines because so much of the supply line is dependent on other countries. Think about how much sense it makes to need to purchase a weapon from your neighbor if the reason you need it is to make war on him. Good luck… Read more »


Colt WAS a supplier to the military but lost out to FN due to Colt’s crappy quality control. One hopes that CZ will restore quality and affordability to Colt that has long since disappeared from the Colt factory. However, let us hope that it doesn’t go the other way, like adding clear water to muddy water in an effort to improve it, the result is the downgrading of the good, not the improving of the bad.

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Colt only lost out to FN because their high union labor cost and the resulting per unit pricing.
come on, tell us what else you dont know. lol.


Colt seemed to have withered a bit in recent years. Try, for example, to name an innovative new product from Colt. The new Python is a resurrection. This acquisition should bring new blood into Colt.


Sad when former Iron Curtain controlled nations buy up mfgs. with almost 2 Century Legacy in the USA. As we now see daily out of Democrat controlled states and the totally corrupt nest of Democrat subversives in DC. our freedoms are under attack and our industrial base for war time production is considered dirty and unwanted by the same subversives mentioned above.
Pray for the USA to drive the Marxists that seized power by stealing an election are driven from power by an honest election.


And then there was sig sour and glock which began the decline of Colt. I love Colt but I will have to wait and see how this works out. If they have lots of recalls like sig sour I will be finding another brand. I am not done buying guns and I was just getting ready to buy the new Python in 357. Not now.


Fair weather friends…….who needs them?


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