While Colt is well known for their early revolvers, Government Model 1911, and various ARs, the company also happens to build very high quality bolt action rifles with the hunter and competitor in mind. These are the kind of guns you use when you want to reach out and touch something, whether a game animal in the wide open spaces or a target on the 1,000 meter range. The new rifles Colt brought to SHOT Show are an expansion of their popular M2012 series. As in the earlier versions, the new guns come with matc- grade fluted barrels and Timney single-stage adjustable triggers. The new model designations are M2012MT308T and M2012LT308G/M2012LT260G. It’s not really as complicated a naming scheme as it appears. The model is M2012, the 308 and 260 refer to the calibers, the MT and LT indicate how the gun is configured, and the T and G designate…OK it is as complicated as it seems. But that doesn’t detract from the exceptional quality they bring to the game.
The M2012MT308T is wearing a Manners custom carbon fiber stock reinforced with fiberglass. This is a rugged, stable material that also happens to be lighter in weight than polymer stocks. The barrel is 22” stainless steel and the gun weighs in at 10.25 pounds without the magazine. MSRP is $3,195.
The M2012LT308G/M2012LT260G are chambered for .308 Winchester and .260 Remington respectively. They feature 22” chrome-moly steel match grade barrels and custom gray hardwood laminated stocks. Targeted more to the hunter, although still delivering the accuracy needed for match shooting, the LT guns weigh in at 8.5 pounds without the magazine and are more suited to carrying in the field. MSRP is $2,795.
Whichever model you prefer, you can rest assured that these are rugged, precision rifles built for the competitor and the experienced hunter. Check them out for yourself.