Published on February 1st, 2013 | by Destinee (FateofDestinee)
Colt M45 – Now Available for Civilians
In July of last year, Colt announced the production of a new 1911 style .45 CQB pistol: the M45 Colt Marine Pistol, much to the joy of M1911 fans. At SHOT Show 2013, Mark Fraher, Product Engineer for Colt Manufacturing, had some more good news for avid 1911 enthusiasts like myself: Colt is making the M45 available for civilian purchase. According to Fraher, it’s Colt’s goal to ramp up production to 80 pistols per month to start making the M45 accessible for non-military consumers.
The Colt M45 marketed to the general public is, essentially, the same model being manufactured for MARSOC. The pistol’s features include a mil-spec 1913 Picatinny rail and Novak sights. The slim grip has an upswept beavertail and textured G10 panels. The Colt M45 holds 7+1 rounds of .45 ACP. While the capacity and feel of the M45 is what you’d expect from a Colt 1911, so is the price point; the MSRP for the USMC Spec Ops Command’s CQBP is set at $1,999.
I love 1911s, however, Colt’s prices are a bit outside of my pocketbook’s reach. If I were on a different budget, though, I’d love to hit the range with MARSOC’s current sidearm (I’ve always had a special interest in miilitary-style arms). What are your impressions, thus far, of the Colt M45 and its sizeable price point?