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The author's example of the M45A1 exhibited tight fit and shot well at the range.

is likely that he could operate and
fieldstrip the new USMC Colt with
no difficulty. That is quite a service
legacy for any military firearm.
I recently came across a passage
from Jeff Cooper written in 1961 that
read, "the big pistol [1911] has been
with us for half a century, and as yet
no better sidearm-for serious combat
work-has been devised." It is a testament to the enduring nature of the
M1911 that a full 50 years later the
Corps was issuing the latest version
of the design in the M45A1. I didn't
think much on it at the time, but
as we received those first tan Colts
and issued them out to our Raiders
it was just a few months more than
100 years since Colt had delivered its
initial shipment of the "U.S. Pistol,
Model of 1911" to the Marine Corps.
The M45A1 serves still today, but
it will almost certainly be the final
chapter in the U.S. military service life
of the M1911. My old unit carried them
on special operations missions around
the world for a couple of years and
then completed the en masse switch
to the Glock 19 that had been occurring gradually even before the Colt's
adoption. The M45 serves on with a
few specialized Marine Corps units and
is expected to for a few more years
when most think it will be replaced by
a polymer-frame, striker-fired 9 mm,
thus ending a long and historic run for
the M1911 and its .45 ACP cartridge.
These decommissioned Colts will
continue to be a hot item among
both shooters and collectors for the
foreseeable future. The pistols are
exceptional purely as shooters, and
scarce and significant for several
military and historic reasons. We are
fortunate that they found their way
onto the public market.
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