USMC orders new Colt 1911 as the new M45 pistol

#1
Just saw this today. The USMC is reverting to the .45ACP round for their new sidearm, the M45. It is essentially a M1911 with bobbed hammer, beavertail and a Picatinny rail under the frame. Looks nice. The article does not mention the sort of barrel bushing it comes with.

Colt Awarded Contract from U.S. Marine Corps - Guns & Ammo
 

maguire

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#2
still only 7 rounds in the magazine?
 
#3
still only 7 rounds in the magazine?
None of the articles I have seen say the number of rounds in the mag. It does have the ambidextrous safety I see.
 
#5
You don’t need 20 rounds in the mag if you hit what you’re aiming at.
In that case I'd need a belt-fed .45. I've never been able to shoot decently with a 1911-style .45, and that includes Gold Cups and long-slide jobbies.
 
#6
So the army use 9mm but the marines .45? Seems like it will put extra arrse ache into the logistics chain. Why do they need a differant round to what the army use?
 
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#7
So the army use 9mm but the marines .45? Seems like it will put extra arrse ache into the logistics chain. Why do they need a differant round to what the army use?
I feel confident that it is a consideration that they've made. You may feel a little put-out that you weren't consulted, but I'm sure it's for the best of intentions.
 
#9
So the army use 9mm but the marines .45? Seems like it will put extra arrse ache into the logistics chain. Why do they need a differant round to what the army use?
We prefer the more manly .45 over the metrosexual 9mm.
 

maguire

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#12
So the army use 9mm but the marines .45? Seems like it will put extra arrse ache into the logistics chain. Why do they need a differant round to what the army use?
US Army SF also use the M1911A1. In 2005 10th group was kind enough to lend me one for 5 months. the ODA's use the .45
 
#14
Meh. should have gone with.455 Webley, there's a moose stopper.
We had a Schmuck shoot at us with a Webley. nickleplated, birds head grip, solid lead round nose bullets looked to be pre WWII, Shame about him, but he apparently though he could win a gunfight against 12 of us with a six shooter

He chose poorly
 

rampant

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#15
We had a Schmuck shoot at us with a Webley. nickleplated, birds head grip, solid lead round nose bullets looked to be pre WWII, Shame about him, but he apparently though he could win a gunfight against 12 of us with a six shooter

He chose poorly
Fool he was, he would have still lost even if had one of the 1911s chambered in .455, more wrong weapon rather than round in that case. I'm glad you got out unscathed mate.
 
#16
Meh. should have gone with.455 Webley, there's a moose stopper.
Not sure if that is so. The reloading table I have seen for .455 Webley indicate muzzle energies in the 200 to 325 foot pound range. The same guide for .45ACP has muzzle energies in the 400 to 500 foot pound range.

For those who prefer to think in French multiply the numbers above by 1.36 to get joules.
 
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