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April 8, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Pretty soon all the jobs will be in Texas. Because Texas is where freedom is.

A firearms company that makes AR-15 style rifles for the iconic brand Colt, will open a plant in Breckenridge in Stephens County. Oregon company Bold Ideas confirmed the development Friday.

Bold Ideas goes by the name Colt Competition, making high accuracy rifles for competition shooting.

The company has not officially announced the opening, but employment applications are already available at the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce. A non-specific, help wanted ad appeared in the local newspaper classifieds earlier in the week.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The South didn't have one cannon factory when secession took place in 1860-1. We'll need to be able to defend ourselves when our time comes.
1 year ago
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Glad Colt Competition is opening a plant in Breckenridge, TX. That's West of Fort Worth in the general area of Possum Kingdom Lake. That's a real place and not just the name of a Toadies song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkwD5rQ-_d4

Colt and Texas are tied together in history. The ability to fire multiple shots without reloading was a big advantage in fights with Comanche Indians. The Republic of Texas quickly recognized the advantage of Colt's invention and placed large orders that helped Colt grow.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_Paterson#Military_acceptance
1 year ago
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More accurately, the company is based in Oregon, but is moving a *plant* from CT to TX ("The move by Colt Competition into Breckenridge comes as the CEO of Colt Manufacturing in Connecticut has said there will soon be few good answers to keep his company in the state. Connecticut passed some of the nation’s most restrictive gun laws this week.")

Colt Competition never manufactured in OR, as far as I know - they just have their HQ down in Canby.
1 year ago
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(Actually, it's not even clear from their statements that they're "moving" from CT to TX, just that they're opening a plant in TX.

But they're certainly *not choosing* to locate with Colt's itself out in CT.)
1 year ago
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Nosler and Noveske are the two larger gun/ammo companies in Oregon. Been talking with my state rep about soliciting others to move here - would be nice to get Kimber back from New York for instance. Most of the anti-gun bills have already been dismissed. Last Friday was another big 2nd Ammendment day at Salem. Despite Democratic control of the legislature, there is a strong enough red component to the state to make anti-gun legislation problematical come re-election time. Think these guys must have chosen to move for tax or quality of life issues.
1 year ago
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An interesting juxtaposition with the obits for Maggie.
1 year ago
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Who would have thought that businesses make decisions based on self-interest? :-)
1 year ago
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FINALLY!!

I have always been amazed that gun manufacturers would base their companies in places like MA and NY. Of course, this isn't a really big company, but it's a start.
1 year ago
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On the news this morning, evidently Baretta is moving. No word as to where. We have several other gun related manufacturers. No information re their decisions. With this sessions' progressive and progressing gas tax increases each year (but 2014), rate increases for Off Shore Wind and our taxes on rain (37 tax and fee increases during the current O'M administration) ... any sensible arms business should be in play.
1 year ago
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Annapolis is already killing off whatever is left of the commercial fishing in Maryland. Pretty soon all that will be left is Government (Fed, funded research, etc.) and drug dealing. Oh, and gambling since we can tax that.
1 year ago
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I've been noticing this exodus, and am of two minds on the strategy.

On one hand, I completely agree that if a state is hostile to your industry then it makes no sense to remain in that state and provide that state with tax revenues with which to attack your industry.

On the other hand, by leaving those states is our side surrendering valuable electoral votes, congressional delegates, and senate seats to the other side with which they can then consolidate their power and further try to impose their will on the rest of us?

And one theoretical observation....

If any kind of split does ever again occur in this country (a la 1860 all over again) - at least this time the weapons manufacturing base will be in red states.
1 year ago
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Oregon is not especially repressive with regards to guns.

These guys are probably looking at the Texas tax structure and asking themselves "WTF was I thinking, opening a manufacturing business in Oregon. The land of the original eco-terrorists."

Of course, Bold Ideas management is probably sociological products of Oregon (Portland) and you should expect some effort on their part to import the Oregon Way along with their business plan.

It is somewhat telling that they are going to actively recruit in Texas, though. One of the undisclosed benefits of the progressive model is high labor costs and low productivity.
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