After introducing the world’s most popular self-loading pistol 98 years ago, Colt’s Manufacturing remained the only commercial supplier for over half a century. Although Colt’s continued to produce the Model of 1911, towards the end of the 20th century, with the majority of its resources going toward building the M16 and its variants, Colt’s did little to update the pistol. All that has changed.
About The Gun
Starting at the muzzle, you do not find a full-length guide rod, but the proven standard recoil spring system that was first introduced in the first Model of 1911. The pistol can be field stripped without using tools. The Colt 1911 pistol has a Colt Champion front sight that is dovetailed into the slide. At the rear of the sight, on both sides of the slide, there are forward cocking grooves that match those at the rear. Now stylish, these forward grooves are most valuable in properly checking for a loaded chamber.
The ejection port on the new Colt is lowered and flared in the usual
manner. The rear sight is a genuine Novak LoMount rear sight and on the left side of the slide beneath it, the traditional Rampant Colt Horse logo. The hammer is of the hollowed Commander style for faster lock time and the extended thumb safety is ambidextrous.
Note the ejection port is lowered and flared.
There is the “beavertail” grip safety, which is well “humped” at its lower end for a positive disconnect when gripped. The mainspring housing is flat and grooved and the magazine well is beveled. A smooth frontstrap leads to the lightweight match trigger and above that a conventional slide lock/release. The two stainless steel magazines furnished with the pistol, hold 8 rounds of .45 ACP using the proven compressible follower.
Forward of the triggerguard and an integral part of the forged frame is the feature that gives the Colt Rail Gun its name. Machined to Mil-Std-1913 specification, the frame rail is (unlike some) as pleasing to the eye as it is functional. This rail accepted several accessories with a snug fit including those from Insight Tech-Gear and SureFire.
Like most of the pistol, the rail is rendered in a smooth matte finish while the sides of the slide and hammer are done in a fine grind or brushed finish. While the surface stands out in any light, it does not reflect light, as does a polished or nickel finish. The rosewood grips are the traditional large diamond pattern.
Those who don’t recall the time before CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) machining cannot appreciate the perfect tolerances to which even mass-produced parts are now held. The Colt Rail Gun is a stellar example of such quality. With virtually no play between barrel, slide and frame there was no doubt the pistol would shoot well. The trigger was also more than satisfactory out of the box and it smoothed up slightly with use.
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