The Rail Gun 1911 in .45 ACP from Colt combines…

The Rail Gun 1911 in .45 ACP from Colt combines classic design features with a number of contemporary enhancements—such as its accessory rail—to deliver a top-of-the-line fighting 1911 handgun.

There is no getting around the fact that Colt has kept a relatively low profile on the commercial gun stage during the last decade or so. Their military/government contracts so overshadowed the citizen/civilian market, that countless shooters simply stopped seeing Colt products at their gun shops.

But it would appear that this apparent sabbatical from the commercial gun market has thankfully ended, as Colt Manufacturing Company has several interesting products to offer the American gun buyer. I was witness to this fact during an event held at the Gunsite Academy outside of Prescott, Arizona. It was fitting that Colt would choose Gunsite for the venue, as they have such a history together. Few people were been bigger proponents of the Colt M1911A1 pistol than the late Colonel Jeff Cooper. Colt has been producing a special Gunsite Model .45ACP pistols for many years now.

Gun Details
During my time in Arizona I had the opportunity to work with the Colt Rail Gun. This pistol is essentially a full-sized M1911A1 .45 ACP handgun with an M1913 Picatinny rail machined into the dust cover of the frame. Understanding that many modern shooters desire a pistol that will accept rail-mounted accessories, Colt has developed three versions—a stainless steel, a black Cerakote and two-tone models.

The author had the opportunity to run the pistol through a punishing course at Gunsite Academy. Shown equipped with SureFire X300 WeaponLight. Paul Markel Photo

Before we go any further, let’s talk specifics. The Colt Rail Gun is based upon a full-sized Series 80 M1911A1 pistol. The barrel is five inches long and is supported by a standard buffer and plunger combination. An original design recoil spring and guide are used. This handgun is built with steel forgings including the slide, frame and slide stop.

The Rail Gun operates on the same single-action principle that made the M1911A1 famous. Manual controls consist of a three-hole aluminum trigger, an ambidextrous, extended thumb safety, Smith & Alexander upswept grip safety with palm swell as well as a standard configuration magazine release and slide stop.

Forward and rear cocking serrations are found on the slide. From the factory this pistol comes standard with Novak 3-Dot “Carry” sights. The model I used was adorned with XS 24/7 Big Dot Tritium sights. On the right side of the slide just forward of the ejection port you’ll notice the silhouette of the Gunsite Raven. This special marking was put on a limited number of black Rail Guns to commemorate the event.

Down on the frame, the grip panels are double-diamond, checkered hardwood and blackened to match the finish of the gun. A mil-spec accessory rail is machined into the dust cover of the frame and a flat mainspring housing is used. The pistol is actually a stainless steel model with the Black Cerakote finish applied. Each pistol is shipped in a padded, lockable hard case with owner’s manual and two 8-round magazines.

Shooters will appreciate the wide beavertail grip safety, while the skeletonized trigger and hammer do their part to produce a wonderful trigger pull.

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  • Beautiful cerakote finish. Mine is the 100th anniv. Stainless model with colt black combat grips. Very accurate,crisp trigger

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  • Have the 100 year addition all stainless with the Streamlight laser, strobe combo.. Aw some or deadly combo !!!

  • dallas

    im in love with this gun its the best firearm a man can ask for its so light n tight n accurate

  • Billy

    Got one for christmas the stainless version not one malfunction very tight gun.. My favorite 1911 by a long run