Published on February 1st, 2013 | by Destinee (FateofDestinee)

Colt M45 – Now Available for Civilians

Colt M45 - Now Available for Civilians - TheArmsGuide.com

Colt M45 – Image courtesy of Colt.com

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?

About the Author

In addition to writing for The Arms Guide and her personal blog, Destinee is also a vlogger. She publishes videos on weapons, gear, and fitness on her YouTube channel every Tuesday and Thursday.


38 comments
jdemech02
jdemech02

I had the colt 45 as standard issue, was part of my job in the Corps 1969-1971. Lanyard included & I had two mags hanging on my web belt with USMC leather holdster with sleve. I have owned one since, & talked more 9 mm owners to switch to 1911. It's all about stopping power. I had known many WW II Marine vets who used them on Jap snipers hiding in Palm treetops at night. They would hear the Jap give out a loud moan from 1 45 hit, no more sniping from that Jap. It was common practice to rack treetops with a Tommy 45 or the sidearm. One hit usually did the job & always the vocalizations indicated a mortal hit without seeing the Jap drop from treetop level. They oftened tied themselves to   the tree. It is a 1 shot, 1 kill 45 ACP at close range. A very safe gun with built in safety mechanisms making it hard for a child to fire. It's my home protector & a short barrel 12 gauge. I still can field strip the 45 blindfolded & put together ready to fire in less then 1 minute. The USMC teaches you very well, better then police forces teach their own in every aspect from gun safety to positions of aiming,  breathing, squeezing & firing. We Marines had a full 14 day training course of 25 -50 yds with the 1911 500 yds of rifle without scopes hitting bullseyes. Very hard to do sighting in through a mirage, left-right, right to left  windage & trajectory drop.  It became sport for us Marines,  Not just to kill, but to hit that small dot 25 yds or 500 yrds away. Yes you get 1 of 3 medals for achievement that goes on record & you requalify every year eventually making all Marines EXPERT. The Marine Corps brought back the 1911 & issue it to certain forces. They use both the Baretta 9mm & 45 ACP, 1911. The Corps has a real leather holdster in black, even though it's bulky, it's very protective with a easy snap on  closure holding the gun secure into the holdster even when running.   When all else fails the 1911 makes you feel safe.  I saw & know the difference from a 32,38,40,44 round & what a fat 45 can do.  That round was what the cowboys used  back in the  day. 

BobWheeler
BobWheeler

@jdemech02  First Welcome home and thanks for your service.  Very good right up. I always carried one in the Army as a back up along with my M60, I tolerated the M16   I was also on the Army's Pistol and Rifle teams for two years, we used the 45's and the M14's . One of my personal weapons that I carry concealed is the Colt Combat Commanders model using the Hornady Critical defense load.  I also have an extended threaded barrel for it as I sometimes use a suppressor , but unlike the movies it still has a little bark to it. One other comment if you are good enough you do not need a 15 round Magazine. My other carry weapon is a Ruger Security six in 357mag. I use a 158gr. hollow point with 8gr. of unique powder. not as powerful as the 45, but using hand loads it will get the job done. 

BobWheeler
BobWheeler

I wanted one,but I was not paying what they wanted so I had my favorite gun shop take an older colt and Cerakote it, changed the sights,and added a rail  and when they were done it was Identicle to M45 for a quarter of a new one. and the nce thing is I can use my threaded barrel off my other colt put my can on the end of it..

Computer_Forenics_Expert
Computer_Forenics_Expert

Damn, at $1,999, Colt must be trying to re-coup it's initial investment, fast, before reducing prices.  I guess, I'll just have to save up some moola.   

BobWheeler
BobWheeler

I have always prefered Colt over all the others. when I was in the Army I  carried a Remington, Ithaca,and a Colt at differant times even though they were about Identicle in every way, I prefered the Colt. I qualifide Expert with it as well as expert with the M16 .I also carried and was expert with the M60. My weapon of choice was always the Colt 45 . One added feature I like about the new USMC model, is the built in rail system.

pddme094
pddme094

My son is currently with USMC Recon and this is the pistol he is issued. He was the high shooter for his area.. Okinawa, Japan. They nee 245 of 400 o qualify expert. Using this Colt Marine Pistol, he shot 389 of 400. He qualified expert. I would love to have one of these to display (and for him to shoot) with his qualification score sheet but at this price, its a dream.

300heritage
300heritage

While Colt is a great investment gun, especially the "Snake" revolvers which just keep going up, they are quite over-rated in the performance department.  Before I spent this much on the Colt I would buy the new S&W Performance Center 1911 with ported slide, polished feed ramp, and match grade EVERYTHING.

Corps Hornet Driver
Corps Hornet Driver

A lot of coin for a Series 80 Colt.

 

You could have a full house custom with a BarSto MT barrel hard fit in a Series 70 style Caspian receiver and slide for another grand.

 

$1999 for a Pony (wait, it doesn't even have a Pony on the slide)?  No thanks, I will take a SA MC Operator and $800 worth of 230 Ball over the M45.

agb762
agb762

This pistol is not the USMC's sidearm; more specifically, it is MARSOC's new one. MARSOC and Marine Recon have held on to the 1911 while the rest of the Corps uses the Beretta. This gun marks the end of the 1911s for those communities being built by the armorers at Quantico to the best of my knowledge. 

JamesDenny
JamesDenny

I love the 1911 and this one looks great and I am sure shoots great, but I could have 2 Sig P220's  for the same amount of money and I think is a better overall weapon system. Much easier to breakdown and maintain.  I like Colt, but defer to Sig Sauer when it comes to this caliber handgun. I carry a P220 Compact 7+1 as my everyday carry weapon. Perfect carry size and plenty of bang for buck

CK5150
CK5150

I don't have anything against Colt, but it's a little ridiculous for them to sell what is basically their Rail Gun model which normally is around $1200 msrp for $1999 because they added a tan duracoat finish, a lanyard loop and some G10 grips. For that price you can get a Les Baer-or a TRP plus lots of ammo to practice with.  D-your SIS is easily as good or better than this 'new' Colt, imo.  Good article.   Rant complete. 

peter3101
peter3101

I like it, looks like my Sig Scorpion's big brother, I might have to hunt one down and bring it home, I hate seeing nice guns without a home. The wife hates when I bring home these stray's, but every gun deserves a good home. It's not right them being left in a cold lonely gun store. I'm actually doing it for them not me.

Muskrat
Muskrat

For the money, I don't think it is going to do anything a quality .45 at a much lower price point can't do. I think I'll keep saving my money. 

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