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The Marines are buying Colt 1911

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  1. wireguy

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    Sticking to their guns: Marines place $22.5M order for the Colt .45 M1911

    By Maegan Vazquez

    Published July 28, 2012

    FoxNews.com

    The M1911 Colt .45

    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.



    It’s been called the greatest handgun ever made, and it has barely changed sine 1911, when the legendary John Browning designed it especially for the U.S. Military.

    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

    "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 it's creation. Dinkel says that shows the gun's "elegant design" just can't be improved on. And firearms experts agree.

    "You can’t beat a .45 cartridge," Jack Lewis, firearms director for Cowan's Auctions, told FoxNews.com. "Some things are hard to replace," he said.

    Colt Defense, based in Hartford, Conn., will supply as many as 12,000 of the 200,000 U.S. Marines with semi-automatic, tan-colored M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistols, and they will include spare parts and logistical support. The gun has long been the weapon of choice for special operations agents, thanks to its reliability and the stopping power of its massive bullets.

    "I'm really glad that they're keeping it in the American economy," Lewis, who used the gun while he was in the armed forces, said. "I was quite upset when they went to the Beretta," Lewis said.

    Some reports suggest Marines are not happy with their main Beretta M9s for their lack of accuracy and stopping power. With M1911's now supplying Special Ops, growing interest may lead to a better solution.

    "To have the 1911 selected again for U. S. Forces 101 years after its initial introduction is just an incredible testament to the timeless design and effectiveness of the Colt 1911," Dinkel said. "This is truly a gratifying contract award."

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/28/marines-pay-22m-to-go-back-to-their-old-guns-colt-45-caliber-pistols/#ixzz21wwiefuj
     
  2. Sky Buster

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    It doesn't hurt that the President of Colt is a retired
    Marine General.
     
  3. CalvinMD

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    Every once in a while the Govt. actually does something right...in this case fixed a big faux pas..hope the other services follow the Corps. lead
     
  4. Oscar Ray

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    This purchase is not Corp wide, it is only for the Special Operations Forces such as Force Recon etc.

    Great start tho!

    Oscar
     
  5. federal paper

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    God bless J.M.B
     
  6. CalvinMD

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    It wont be hard to see which is the better sidearm once they get them out together I'm hoping!
     
  7. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    When the military switched to the Beretta 9mm there was a story going around that the lease on our naval base in Italy was running out and the Italian Govt. would not renew it unless we bought the Beretta. At the point bidding for a new weapon was terminated and Beretta won the contract. We were strong armed into that weapon. Does anyone know that for sure??? Mike.
     
  8. Steve W

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    Beretta also received another follow up order of 15,500 M9 pistol few months ago.
     
  9. quartering

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    that's $1,875 per 1911!
     
  10. Auctioneer

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    Glad to see that the military is going back to the 45acp. Its far better then the 9mm. It maybe for the S.F at this time but it could go through all of the military in time.
     
  11. quartering

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    very funny! new usmc camo on the stocks?
     
  12. grntitan

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    Colt 1911 stock?? How about grips?
     
  13. quartering

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    grip is a verb. stock is a noun. you hand grips the stocks of a 1911
     
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    Damn English language. I did not know that.....
     
  15. Steve W

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    Also, don't ever say "Clip" for the 1911 magazine.
     
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    Oh I know, I have been schooled on the "clip/magazine" thing.

    I have a nice old Colt 1911 but never knew it was called a stock. That's why I questioned it. Learn something new everyday.
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  17. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Grip is a noun or a verb depending on usage.

    grip1 (grp) KEY

    NOUN:


    A tight hold; a firm grasp: a drowning swimmer now safely in the grip of a lifeguard.
    The pressure or strength of such a grasp: a wrestler with an unmatched grip.
    A manner of grasping and holding: The crate afforded no comfortable grip.

    Intellectual hold; understanding: a good grip on French history.
    Ability to function properly or well; competence: getting a grip on the new technique.
    Mental or emotional composure: lost his grip after he was fired.

    A mechanical device that grasps and holds.
    ***A part, such as a handle, that is designed to be grasped and held.***
    A suitcase or valise.

    A stagehand who helps in shifting scenery.
    A member of a film production crew who adjusts sets, lighting, and props and sometimes assists the camera operator.


    VERB:
    gripped, grip·ping, grips
    VERB:
    tr.

    To secure and maintain a tight hold on; seize firmly.
    To hold the interest or attention of: a scene that gripped the entire audience.
    VERB:
    intr.

    To maintain a secure grasp.
     
  18. SARGE75X

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    411th Military Police, 720th MP Bn, 1977-80. 1911A1 serial 1448009, how's that for having something pounded in your head.
     
  19. Johnny

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    Steve W , I agree with the use of the word clip. But, according to E B Sledge in his book, With The Old Breed, Marines in the Pacific during WW2 commonly referred to magazines as "clips." I wouldn't argue with that bunch. E B Sledge was the character "Sledgehammer" in the HBO series Pacific.
     
  20. quartering

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    agreed, that's a nice, old 1911. and stock is also a noun or a verb depending on usage
     
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