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Postby fastback65 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:05 am

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The Marine Corps’ elite special operations and reconnaissance units will field thousands of new .45-caliber pistols over the next four years, military acquisition officials confirmed Thursday.

The service awarded a $22.5 million contract to Colt Defense for its M1911A1 Rail Guns. The deal was finalized Wednesday night, according to Barb Hamby, a spokeswoman for Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va. Precise details are expected to be released Thursday evening, but there is widespread speculation the order will total some 4,000 firearms.

The pistols will be manufactured at Colt’s plant in West Hartford, Conn., and delivered to the Marine Corps by 2017, Hamby said.

Designated the M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistol by the service, Colt’s Rail Gun takes a tried and true platform used since World War I and outfits it with a rail at the front of the receiver that can be used to mount the flashlights, lasers and infrared devices preferred by today’s special operations forces. While fundamentally unchanged since its inception, the weapon does use the company’s newer series 80 firing system, developed during the 1980s to increase safety by adding a firing pin block that prevents the discharge of a live cartridge if the gun is dropped or banged.

The weapon Colt submitted for this contract competition includes a dual recoil spring assembly, meant to reduce recoil. It was furnished in a desert tan color and featured a Cercoat finish designed to reduce reflection and prevent corrosion. The pistol also features more stainless steel parts, which should help it withstand the harsh environments where special operations and reconnaissance Marines operate — particularly in and around saltwater.

It’s not immediately clear whether Colt’s final prototype also includes all these flourishes.

While standard operating forces throughout the U.S. military use the NATO-standard Beretta M9 pistol, elite military and law enforcement units, including Marine special operations and force recon, have continued to use the 1911. While it requires more maintenance and care than many modern semi-automatic pistols, it is revered for its accuracy and performance in the hands of skilled shooters. Its .45-caliber rounds also pack a heavier punch than the 9mm NATO rounds used in the M9.

Other company’s that competed for the contract included Springfield Armory out of Geneseo, Ill., and Karl Lippard Designs of Colorado Springs, Colo.

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/07/marine-corps-marsoc-new-colt-45-caliber-pistols-071912/

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Re: Elite Marine Corps units to field new pistols

Postby sidroski » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:35 pm

Any news on how that's going? I recall when JPD (never to be confused with highly trained Marines) had multiple mishaps, including officers shooting other officers with their newly issued Glocks. Have not heard anything lately.
I was in the Navy when they transitioned to the M9. A fine weapon with the advantage of having 45 rounds with two extra mags. The M9 was desirable from an ammo standpoint if it were your only weapon but of course the 9 never had the 1 shot takedown power of a .45. I have a Beretta and a Springfield. Other than a carry gun around town, I would take the Beretta if I had to go on a limited weight, i.e. long trip, journey.
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Re: Elite Marine Corps units to field new pistols

Postby Muleskinner » Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:53 pm

OH, YE-HAW!!! Another Mule (Colt) joins the stable!

Funny how history repeats itself. It's about time the military got back to its roots. IMO, they should never have tried to fix it if it wasn't broke. I think NATO should have just come around to the .45 instead of the U.S. crossing over to the 9mm darkside. Better late than never. I just wish the manufacturers would all stop putting that I-phone scan sticker thingy on the frames. Glad Colt's back!
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Re: Elite Marine Corps units to field new pistols

Postby fastback65 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:39 am

It is strange, how a design that is over 100 years old, is still state of the art. I love all my 1911s. All 12 of them.
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Re: Elite Marine Corps units to field new pistols

Postby Muleskinner » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:12 pm

Ya' know, you just can't improve on perfection. John Moses Browning was an artist. IMO, his designs rival that of Michelangelo's statues and paintings. That is one man I would have liked to meet in person. :)
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Re: Elite Marine Corps units to field new pistols

Postby medicmike » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:42 pm

All that is old is new again.

It is hard to improve on the perfection that is the 1911, and most of Browning's other designs!

I currently only have one, an old Remington Rand that was my carry piece when I was a patrolman. It is still my go-to handgun!
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