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MARINE M45A1

Nonetheless, the Marines had been eagerly waiting for
the new .45s, and they were going directly into operational
use, so there was little patience for a learning curve, and
many of the Marines demanded a change. Quantico began
exhaustive testing on other finishes to specify a modification to the contract. When the change was specified, a substantial number of the early pistols were recalled back to
Colt, and it disposed of them, leading to the market frenzy.
I was able to lay my hands on one of the decommissioned M45A1s to examine and evaluate it. The Colt
appeared to be unissued and had probably not been fired
since leaving the factory. Many of the issued pistols that
came to market have the "tells" of service life: paint pen or
spray paint stenciled rack numbers, holster wear, dings or
gouges from rough use. This one likely sat in the armory or
in a warehouse waiting its turn in the arena.
The one-of-a-kind markings are all there. There is the
"EGA" serial suffix (for the Corps' iconic eagle, globe and
anchor insignia), the "U.S." markings, and the small set of
numbers and "CQBP" denoting the official description of
"Close Quarters Battle Pistol." The inboard side of the handgun has a rather large "COLT***USMC" marking that struck
me at the time of issue as gaudy and a blatant attempt by
Colt to mark the government-contract pistols in such a way
as to facilitate marketing the look-alike commercial version.

Just over 100 years separated the issue of the M1911A1-based
Marine M45A1 Colts from the Corps' initial shipment of the
M1911. Despite a host of refinements and enhancements, the new
model's method of operation and construction remain essentially
unchanged from those of the John Browning-designed original.

If one looks closely at the trigger guard, Colt has the
V-shaped proofmark that was present on earlier government
handguns, such as the 1909 USMC revolver.
The solid, medium-long trigger broke at 4 lbs., 4 ozs., of
pressure after a short bit of take-up to release the hammer.
There is slight movement and a feel of "roll" through the
break, but I wouldn't necessarily call it creep in a negative sense. The trigger was eminently usable and a good

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