Coming over here to slam the Python now? Some folks never miss an opportunity to bash Colt. What company isn't a different company than it was "back then?" Colt had an aging workforce; it's called turnover, and it's pretty normal in the manufacturing businesses, especially in a specialized field without many job-seekers looking for factory jobs. Colt also had a lot of aging machinery and tooling, but there've been those who've actually been in the factory in the past couple years (have you?) and seem to think that Colt is on the rise again. Also, as one who actually works in a field where we've received new Colt M-4s regularly over the years, I'm not seeing them "plagued with operational issues," just the normal wear, tear and parts breakage common to heavily-used weapons. While not germane to this thread, Colt's new Cobras and King Cobras have been receiving considerable acclaim. And as far as the new Python, try and keep up. Pretty easy to detect the posters who come around only to bitch about the state of things.