Sticking to their guns: Marines place $22.5M order for the Colt .45 M1911Tradition is a good thing.
By By Maegan Vazquez, Fox News
It’s been called the greatest handgun ever made, and it has barely changed sine 1911, when the legendary John Browning designed it especially for the U.S. Military. And now, the Colt .45 M1911 is making a big comeback, now that the U.S. Marines have placed a $22.5 million order for the Connecticut-made pistols.
The gun, which has been wielded on film by John Wayne and in real life by Sgt. Alvin York and Maj. Audie Murphy, was the standard-issue sidearm in the military for decades, until it was replaced by the Beretta M9 in 1985.
"It just became an iconic part of military and American history," Gerry Dinkel, CEO and president of Colt Defense, told FoxNews.com.
"You can’t beat a .45 cartridge," Jack Lewis, firearms director for Cowan's Auctions, told FoxNews.com. "Some things are hard to replace," he said.
Colt Defense, based in Hartford, Conn., will supply as many as 12,000 of the 200,000 U.S. Marines with semi-automatic, tan-colored M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistols, and they will include spare parts and logistical support. The gun has long been the weapon of choice for special operations agents, thanks to its reliability and the stopping power of its massive bullets. [link]
But more important? You don't want to be using a weapon that chambers a bullet that will bounce off when it hits a bad guy. The .45 don't bounce off.
Here's to whomever made the smart decision.
* I once owned a similar weapon - the Colt Mark IV Series 70, .45 ACP. Wish I still had it. Sold it for two and a quarter. Those are tears you see on your monitor.
** Sorry to all the Marines out there - especially my son-in-law - for suggesting you are a bunch of sissies. You don't need to come here and beat me up. It was simply humor.