Marine Corps considers two pistols for new MARSOC .45.

Image Dan Lamothe: Springfield Armory's Full-Sized MC Operator pistol, left,…

Image Dan Lamothe: Springfield Armory’s Full-Sized MC Operator pistol, left, and Colt Defense’s prototype, adapted from its 1070RG Colt Rail Gun are seen.

The competition to provide Marine special operators with new .45-caliber semiautomatic pistols is beginning to take shape, with at least three companies submitting samples to the Marine Corps and others bowing out.

Colt Defense of Hartford, Conn., and Springfield Armory of Geneseo, Ill., sent samples of their latest 1911 pistols to acquisition officers this fall, company officials said Jan. 18 during the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference, known as SHOT Show, in Las Vegas. The Corps is expected to seek proposals from the defense industry soon.

The M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistol is modeled after earlier versions of the semi-automatic 1911 pistol used since the 1980s by Force Reconnaissance units. The Corps could buy between 400 and 12,000 as part of a contract worth up to $22.5 million, according to Marine Corps Systems Command.

Earlier versions were called the MEU (SOC) pistol, short for Marine expeditionary unit (special operations capable). Weapons experts at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., have hand-assembled 1911 pistols chambered for .45-caliber Automatic Colt Pistol ammo for years, fielding them primarily to Force Recon and Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

With both communities growing, however, the Corps is seeking an off-the-shelf option.

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  • First off, the Warrior is not being used and the kimber the that Det-1 Did use wasnt even close to the same gun. Colt is the Original and made here in the USA. No double stack because its to heavy and it is only a back up weapon. Colt Quality goes along way. They have the best rail gun out there. I for one dont like copies or forgeries. Neather does the Corps.

  • Steve Doran

    I would choose the STI Tactical 4.15 all day with the double stack mag .

  • cc19

    Just go with the Warrior; it’s the same thing as the Kimber ICQB that the corps. already uses, but with an integrated rail on the frame.

  • Mr. Blue

    I second the STI suggestion sans 10mm. Yes, there are other great .45 ACP variants on the market, but nothing feels or points better than a 1911 style pistol.


    Ancestor worship! There are better and more technically advanced .45s on the market.

  • Several years ago…I attended a Front Sight Class…2 MarSoc Marines were in my group of shooters. These fine lads each used a finely tuned 1911..I employed my Wilson Combat Stealth another superb 1911 variant..these were very accurate and reliable. One limitation was the single stack..why not go with a double stack..15 plus rounds and try out the 10mm?

  • Why not a double stack 10mm from STI…Not only would it be would be TEXAS MADE…W A 6 INCH SLIDE.

  • Chad

    The important Springfields are made in the USA!

  • Mr. Blue

    I doubt the Springfield version is built in the USA, as their other 1911s are built in Brazil.

  • AngryWhiteMale

    People on the sharp end have Always known what works, and what doesn’t.

  • Richard Linares

    Goes show 1911 is gun that many still want like go war with. That 45 acp is round that are troops want know works in battle field.