Inside the Colt factory – Jan Gwinnell uses a tiny hammer to engrave an intricate design onto the cylinder of a Colt revolver in the custom design shop at Colt Manufacturing Company's headquarters in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Inside the Colt factory – Sergio Pereira adds a completed Colt rifle to a rack of newly assembled guns.
Inside the Colt factory – Al Cromwell of East Hampton, a Colt firearms assembler, works on the Colt .45 ACP model 1918, a civilian model. For the first time in several decades, a military-spec Colt .45 pistol will be sold to the U.S. military as the sidearm for a select group of U.S. Marines.
Inside the Colt factory – A custom Colt .45 single action, built to commemorate the company's 175th anniversary in 2012, has one-of-a-kind hand tooling and a scrimshaw handle depicting Samuel Colt.
Inside the Colt factory – Melvin Speight uses a camera scope to run down a barrel to check the rifling inside. Speight has been with Colt for several years.
Inside the Colt factory – Completed civilian Colt .45 model 11s await packaging and shipping.