Things you see at 4:00 am

Like many of my friends I work nights and thus I have the misfortune of being awake for a lot more hours than most people and get time to think and write accodingly. These are just reflections on the curent state of everything I have an opinion about.

Monday, March 07, 2005

The NRA and Colt

The Basics of Pistol Shooting this is an NRA publication that I had to buy for my Air pistol class and I noticed one inaccuracy in the book that got me wondering just how much money Colt gives the NRA on a yearly basis. In the glossary of terms they define ACP as Auto Colt Pistol. The only problem with this is the first ACP round was the .32 ACP developed for Fabrique Nationale a Pistol Company from Belgium. It was first produced in 1899. 3 years before the .25 ACP the first ACP cartridge for Colt, and 6 years before the popular .45 ACP round was developed by Colt. The more accurate translation for ACP is actually Automatic Cartridge, Pistol. But I have heard the Auto Colt Pistol for the majority of the time I have been shooting. So this got me wondering did Colt Trademark or copywrite ACP to mean this or did they just start this in order to market their products better, and if so how much money do they donate to the NRA a year in order to keep them using an incorrect term? Any feedback would be appreciated.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe it has always been "Automatic Colt Pistol." Browning did much of his later work in Belgium, but the Belgians use a different nomenclature for ammo, i.e., .32 ACP is "9 x17mm."

I think what happened is Colt bought Browning's patents and made their own versions of his guns. They were not about to use 9x17mm and came up with .32 Automatic Colt Pistol as a marketing ploy. The earliest advertisements and other marketing information I have been able to find on the 'net all have Colt if they spell out the cartridge name at all.

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