PSPC has entered the chat….
Colt Canada has its own pricing schedule as well.
Years ago, Colt Canada quoted Garry Crocker the then LCMM for small arms $750 for RAS rails for CAF C7 and C8’s.
I went and send an email from my CAF account to LtCol Dave Lutz (USMC RET.) who was VP of Military Operations at KAC, and got a quote for $225 for the same item.
*I already knew Dave and had a good relationship.
I sent the quote to Gary and we had a very interesting chat.
Gary went to work for Colt Canada on his retirement and I went to work for Knight’s Armament…
When I worked at KAC spent the better part of 4 years trying to pull the CAF small arms into the modern age from 2009-2013, including on talking to DLR staff about programs that had nothing to do with anything related to me, just trying to help them see ‘other options’.
I gave up as I was just banging my head against a brick wall.
1) The fact the CDN Gov has Colt Canada in the position they are without it being a crown corporation just boggles my mind…
2) Quite often obsolete items are acquired due to DLR etc just wanting to get more of the same (SIMRAD has entered the chat) when other part of the CAF had acquired much newer items (and cheaper) was baffling to me.
3) The Triad pitchfork, ended up costing Canadian Taxpayers a fortune - sure it was cheap, but it caused a slew of lost or damaged PEQ and PAC lasers. Also as it mounts directly to the front sight has block heat from firing gets transferred into the Triad and laser and light - About as dumb as one can be there - plus it puts a lot of weight out front - awkward for shooting etc.
4) After 1 specific trial, I just decided that I was doing nothing but raising my stress level and focused on programs for militaries that seemed to care.