Old is the new new, apparently. The Marine Corps has announced they plan to purchase up to 12,000 1911 style pistols, chambered in .45 ACP. The USMC CQBP, or Close Quarters Battle Pistol, is designated the M45. These pistols are specifically designated for Force Recon and MARSOC units.
After testing a number of entrants, Colt was chosen to manufacture the M45 CQBP, starting with an initial order of just over 4000 pistols. The M45 uses the Colt Series 80 firing pin safety, a choice which was decried by dragoons of internet commentators, but which is designed to increase the safety of the pistol if hammered or dropped. The current implementation of the Series 80 safety does not affect the trigger feel enough to warrant notice by the Marine Corps.
While this pistol is, essentially, a modernized version of the 1911, there are a couple of features that stand out on this model. The most notable is the tan Cerakote on all the parts. Other elements include requirements such as the enhanced beavertail safety, ambidextrous thumb safety, and the lanyard loop on the mainspring housing. These requirements have been a part of multiple USMC requests for a 1911 .45 pistol over the past few years. This time, they finally get their wish.
Colt refers to their 1911 model with an integrated accessory rail as the Colt Rail Gun. The M45 CQBP is based off the O1970RG. While this ‘rail gun’ does not use magnets to hurl hyper-velocity slugs, it’s still an extremely powerful handgun, and one that has earned the respect of servicemen, law enforcement, and civilian shooters alike.
The Colt Press Release can be found on www.Colt.com.
More details on the contract itself can be found at This Page on DefenseReview.com.