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Colt awarded 1911 contract for Marine Corps

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by mrsurfboard, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. Spiffums

    Spiffums I.C.P.

    Sep 30, 2006
    What about the 4 that cracked before the 12k test was done? Thread over at M4Carbine.

  2. jb1911


    Sep 21, 2011
    That's great news! USA! USA!
  3. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie

    Sep 6, 2001
    $22.5 million for 4000 1911s?!?!

    Why that's a mere $5,625 per handgun. Such a deal. Probably get a few extras thrown in to boot I hope...
  4. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005

    Wow that must include a cost structure outside of just the 1911s :dunno:

    I am not a "fanboy" of any 1911 brand per say but I have to say

    1911 + USMC + Colt = :supergrin: Just seems "right"

    In my book
  5. I would imagine that is with a lot of spare/ replacement parts and a couple of extra magazines.

    1911 + USMC + Colt = Just seems "right"

    Yep, seems like a good fit.
  6. AKRover

    AKRover 10MM Fanatic

    Jun 22, 2012
    Kenai, Alaska
    Nice to see the US military buying from a US manufacturer.

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  7. if they would have done that last year it would have had added meaning:wavey:
  8. Gotta be a misprint somewhere. In any case, it's great iconic handgun back in the hands of the Marines!
  9. 1911Tuner


    Feb 24, 2003
    North Carolina

    Which part cracked...slide or frame?

    If it was the frame, in the usual the junction of the impact abutment and spring's neither here nor there. It's the result of thin cross-sections and sharp corners.

    Those cracks are self-limiting and don't affect the function of the pistol in any way. I've got a pair of early 1991A1 Colts that I've used for range beaters for over 20 years. They're approaching 400,000 rounds about evenly split. They both cracked at that area somewhere around the 12-15k mark, and they're both still walkin' the walk. The cracks went to a point and stopped.

    Everybody worries far too much over the frame and not enough about the slide. The slide/barrel assembly is the gun. The frame is essentially no more than the gun mount and a housing for the controls.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2012
  10. fasteddie565

    fasteddie565 Combat Diver

    The guns don't just show up.

    New equipment comes with depot, armorer and user level training, an entire buttload of repair parts and often times, active participation in the fielding plan, travel expenses, man hours etc. I have not managed a weapons contract, but I would wager that half of the expense is for fielding, training, repair parts etc.

    If you place a mil spec on say for instance the magazines, that can jack the price of a $25 mag to over $100. This may not be the case, I just wanted to point out the guns themselves do not cost $5k.
  11. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie

    Sep 6, 2001
    I know, but G&A's article did not go into detail. I was just funnin' a little bit. However I can hear the public naysayers now what with the $$$ toilet seats, etc that Uncle Sam has bought in the past.

    What did the FBI's SA Inc Pros run each tho? A few grand each if memory serves ($2.5K+), and not a production piece either.

    I agree, US Marines + Colt 1911s = a Natural.
  12. Diesel McBadass

    Diesel McBadass Tactically Epic

    Apr 15, 2011
    Dover NH
    Ive been eyeing a rail gun.....looks like theyll be scarce for years now. Ah well at least the marines get a kickass pistol.
  13. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie

    Sep 6, 2001
    Wondering aloud... will the USMC Force Recon have Blackhawk SERPA hosters made 'specially for the rail gun M45 CQBP MEU(SOC)? Who makes Marine proof holsters anyway? DeSantis? Safariland?

    Back on topic, while looking around for holsters etc, found this on MilitaryTimes
  14. Rick C

    Rick C affiant

    Aug 1, 2001
    NW FL
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2012
  15. Dexters


    May 3, 2004
    Why are they going with the 7 round mag instead of the 8 round?
  16. Decguns


    Dec 29, 2003
    I guess they need 4000 45's to go along with the 75,000 M9A1s they ordered.
  17. Or a 15 round mag? :)
  18. 1911Tuner


    Feb 24, 2003
    North Carolina
    Those slide cracks are bad news, especially the ones in the breechface. My guess is that they're over-hardened and brittle.

    Of course, everything except the frame is considered an expendable service part...including the slide. That's why the US Army ordered about a dozen for every complete pistol delivered in both world wars.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2012
  19. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    where are all the 1911s from before the switch to Berettas ?