This was confirmed by Colt as legit. Several people have spoken with Colt Customer Service in regards to them and Brent, the former head of the Colt Custom Shop confirmed it is legit.
I'm not aware that anyone has received one yet - there are over 700 pistols to ship, Yesterday would have been the first day that shipments could begin due to the weekend. Mine is marked as payment received and FFL received but not yet shipped.
These were sold by Gunbroker themselves thru the Gold member program so Gunbroker put their own name and reputation on the line here. As for sales tax being collected in 3 states - it is common practice for sales tax to be collected in any state an entity has operations in. Gunbroker is based in Atlanta and I'm assuming has offices or locations in the other 2 states as well.
This was posted on another forumn...contract specified that pistols sent to Colt for replacement would NOT be returned to the Government. Colt resold them.
The CQBP was referenced in an objection filed by the USG on behalf of the DoD and DHS, relating to Colt's Chapter 11 filing in 2015. In it, there is a declaration made by Lee E. Hoyland, the MARCORSYSCOM contracting officer who was responsible for administrating the contract.
It stated that there were (at the time) 4036 pistols in inventory with defective Cerakote and that discussions were taking place with Colt concerning them. It was also stated that the contract included the standard commercial warranty. The warranty was also provided as an exhibit and some excerpts follow:
"...the Company shall thereupon correct any defect, including nonconformance with the specifications, either at its option by repairing or replacing any defective or damaged parts of the Product."
"Parts and equipment replaced under warranty will not be returned."
The above would support what was posted by natronium777 that those sold were units taken back and replaced by Colt under warranty. There is nothing stated in the warranty that would prevent Colt from reselling them. Only Colt and the USMC will know the total replaced.
If anyone's interested, here's the links to the objections:https://www.kccllc.net/coltdefense/document/1511296151009000000000007https://www.kccllc.net/coltdefense/document/1511296151221000000000001
There was one listed on GB already being resold. The auction was ended today, 5 or 6 days early. I don't know if it was ended by GB who knew the seller wouldn't have the gun yet - or if someone made an offer the seller couldn't refuse. The price was up to $2200 when it ended (reserve not met).
I think those that didn't get one will end up regretting it but that's just my thinking. If the other 3000+ pistols show up for sale (the seller did say they hope to get more), I would expect they won't be at the $1349 price which itself had been raised from $1295 for the first lot of 50 that was sold. The seller already knows that some people were willing to spend $2k plus from the other auction listing. The desire/price will only go up when pictures of the actual guns received go public along with photos of the authentication letter from Colt.
I know I will definitely be posting pics when mine comes in!
I do hope there will be more and they don't go up too much though. I have 2 sons, so still need to get another to pass one on to both of them.