Sticking to their guns: Marines place $22.5M order for the Colt .45 M1911
And now, the Colt .45 M1911 is making a big comeback, now that the U.S. Marines have placed a $22.5 million order for the Connecticut-made pistols.
The gun, which has been wielded on film by John Wayne and in real life by Sgt. Alvin York and Maj. Audie Murphy, was the standard-issue sidearm in the military for decades, until it was replaced by the Beretta M9 in 1985.
“It just became an iconic part of military and American history,” Gerry Dinkel, CEO and president of Colt Defense, told FoxNews.com.
The gun, one of the most successful pistols ever used at Camp Perry’s National Matches, a competition known to be the main world event in artillery sports, has barely changed since its creation. Dinkel says that shows the gun’s “elegant design” just can’t be improved on. And firearms experts agree.
Kudos to the United States Marine Corps for their decision to return to the BEST handgun the U.S. military ever had. You can’t argue with perfection, and John Browning was truly inspired when he designed the 1911 platform.
I have owned and carried 1911’s in the past; they are a marvelous piece of work and will do exactly what they are intended to do; fire every time you pull the trigger and STOP, dead in his tracks, anyone that takes a round from it. Dead in his tracks; pun seriously intended too! 😛
I have been a HUGE FAN of the 230gr .45ACP since the 1st time I fired one, nothing has changed my opinion of the .45 in the 40 some odd years since that took place.
The .45 ACP cartridge has gone through many changes; up-grades in velocity, more foot-pounds of pressure, a development of a .45 hollow point that is 100% reliable and many more modifications I am certain. The 1911 hasn’t needed to be improved upon.
Why mess with the best?
As stated, I have owned a couple of 1911’s over the years, a traditional Colt 1911 that had been *tuned* by the masterful Jim Clark in Shreveport many years ago, and a Colt MarkIV Series 70 that was, in MY opinion, the finest handgun I have ever owned. Too bad I lost them in a divorce proceeding.
Today I own a Springfield XD-45 Tactical and I have to admit, I DO love that pistol, I especially love the high capacity magazines that it has, but it will NEVER replace the love I had for the Colt 1911.
I am also what is known as a *1911 purist*.
There are many pistols on the market today that are built on the 1911 frame, and I have to say, most, if not all are pretty good weapons! Some are even built on a High Capacity frame, thus allowing more ammunition to be in the pistol than the original Colt ammo capacity of 7 rounds in the magazine and 1 round in the chamber. Notice: I said in the MAGAZINE. It’s NOT a clip, it’s a magazine!
In any case, I am a 1911 purist; in MY estimation, if it’s not built by Colt it’s not a TRUE 1911. Many would argue that statement, and that’s OK, it’s just MY opinion, but in MY opinion, if it’s not a Colt, it’s a knock-off.
I am very pleased that the USMC is returning to this *old friend*, the Colt 1911, I KNOW that the Marines that carry it are much better armed than anyone carrying a Beretta M9.