Featured Gun: Colt Government Model M45A1 CQBP Marine
The legendary Colt 1911 semi-automatic pistol, a design that’s more than 100 years old, served the United States Military from 1911 to 1985. The 1911 pistol remains a pillar of the firearms industry and given its enduring popularity among law enforcement and civilian shooters worldwide, it’s likely to hold its position for decades to come.
It was utilized in both world wars, the Korean War and Vietnam. It continued to see service with U.S. Marine Special Operations across Iraq and Afghanistan. It was Spec Ops’ preferred sidearm over the Beretta M9. Colt designed the M45A1 CQB for Force Recon, and this modernized 1911 has a rail, more controls, and an improved design. These pistols that served in the Marines were tuned by the USMC armorers at the Quantico base, in Virginia.