Colt’s Newest Bolt Action Rifles—SHOT Show 2014



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.

Colt002Colt003The 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.




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  • Alabubba January 27, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Does anyone remember the fantastic Colt Sauer rifles?

    • Bob Lee January 31, 2014, 1:58 pm

      Man I sure remember the Sauer, It had the slickest bolt I have ever felt in my life and still is. I have never felt a GLASS ACTION MOVEMENT SO MUCH LIKE GREASED ICE. That was around 1979 or so. I would cut off my left you know what to be a able to own one,,I Don’t think that will happen.

  • 2/3 marines January 24, 2014, 8:27 pm

    I just got one today, nice rifle. I can’t wait to mount my old Tasco scope on it!

  • JimmyC January 20, 2014, 2:50 pm

    Okay Dingalings – look at the rifle. Match-grade spiral-fluted barrels, compensator, Timney trigger, spiral cut bolt, Built by Cooper!! No, they are not going to be cheap because they are built out of premium parts by a premium manufacturer. There are plenty of Howas and Rugers out there for those who need something more affordable.

  • js January 17, 2014, 2:29 pm

    Great. Colt just found a whole new product category in which they won’t be competitive!

  • charles Filby January 17, 2014, 1:21 pm

    Does anyone stil make traditional rifles? If so why don’t they ever get riveiwed? Believe it or not there are still some old dinosoars like me who are not interested in playing little GI Joe games or pretending we are on a SWAT Team! Some folks still like to see nice wood and blueing and do not need extended Mags. and Tacitle this and thats, I have nothing against semi auto pistols either butwe still like steele revolvers too.Not everyone falls for the sales pitch that all the fancy names for plastics are better than old tried and true that we grew up with,I know the new and improved sales pitch has and will always work on people espeacialy newbees for many products but some us would like to see the old tradional stuff if not’s completely obsolete!

    • Thomas January 27, 2014, 1:45 pm

      Ruger makes those. I happened to have recently purchased a Ruger Gunsite rifle, which I assume you wouldn’t like because of the flash suppressor and ten-round single-stack magazine (and I use a military-type sling on it!) but that’s what I wanted because it was the most versatile .308 rifle in LEFT HAND that I could find.

      My problem is that I think the left-hand bolt market is severely underserved. I cannot shoot right-handed because my right eye is uncorrectable. There are a lot of people like me who have one useful eye and it happens to be the left eye.

      • Mike Lowry January 31, 2014, 11:49 am

        I’m getting ready to sell 2 Lt. Hand Rifles. Sako 7mm Hunter 99%. A Remington BDL in 30:06 100% .These rifles are in perfect shape, and both shoot sub MOA.

    • Hugh November 22, 2016, 9:50 pm

      I agree 100% on the good looks and perfectly functioning/handling of “old” wooden stocks. I’m 36 and I’m really getting tired of looking at this new fancy market of tacticool BS. I would at least like to see manufacturing web sites offer and give you a GD choice of the stock instead of black plastic or black plastic, unless you want to dish out an extra 60 bucks for camo stock “option”. Because of that I usually look in the used market when I’m serious enough about getting a new firearm.

  • alex griatzky sr January 17, 2014, 12:32 pm

    would like all new information on all bolt action rifles. i do hope their will a larger selection of cal. best alex griatzky .83 stable road. richmond maine 04357 . oh i would like iinfo. on these rifles also sent to me in form of catalog. have a good day shooting.

  • karl d January 17, 2014, 11:28 am

    If Colt would get out of anti gun CT>, and into more friendly non union territory they could produce a firearm that is priced for the common man. The 1911’s, revolvers and AR’s are great but over priced compared to some of the competition.

    • Administrator January 17, 2014, 11:35 am

      These guns are made by Cooper under a licensing agreement. Colts are available in Walmart at prices cheaper than gun dealers can even buy them.

      • Dave Hicks September 14, 2015, 10:38 pm

        I haven’t seen these or any COLT firearms at WAL-MART ,and I live in ARKANSAS.

    • Shaw January 31, 2014, 10:17 am

      Truth, colt does make a nice product but they have a habit of staying out of the tacitcal market for civilians. Which I aslo think plays into their pricing decisions. You can get some pretty nice guns and put optics on them for the price of a basic colt model. But they get buku gobment money so I doubt they really care all that much about the civilian market. I have a Colt Commander because of my own decisions but anyone who ask me about it before buying a 1911 Ill usually refer them to RIA, Ruger, or Springfield just because your paying extra money to ride the pony

  • jimmyjames January 17, 2014, 8:26 am

    just what the world needed, another multi kilobuck bolt action rifle.

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